We’ve done a bunch of cruising through the Society Islands. To the town of Fare on the west side of Huahine (food shopping and expensive laundry, nice dinner ashore with Coconut Woman), south to Avea Bay (beautiful bay but got rolly at midnight when high tide seemed to let some of the waves reform after the reef), out the pass with impressive surf breaking close by on both sides, to Raiatea (anchored in five feet of water with a sandy bottom glowing turquoise for miles; Bill put out a stern anchor by carrying it out on foot!, visiting the most sacred of the maraes), into the big town of Uteroa (for diesel and gasoline and bread), sailing north to the island of Tahaa, which is inside the same coral fringe reef as Raiatea, initially anchoring in a spot too open/rolly and going back to a nice spot off a resort, snorkeling the coral garden, moving across the lagoon to a more sheltered mooring, getting a tour of the island, then a fun windy sail to Bora Bora, where we have been parked on a yacht club mooring for the better part of a week.
Although we were warned that Bora Bora is sometimes considered Boring Bora, I’ve been enjoying our stay. The club is nice, with a swimming pool and wifi and good (expensive) food, and less than a mile into town. Better yet is the dancing and drumming. We had some dancing here at the club, which we participated in, but also the locals are practicing every night for the big annual competition in Papeete. We can hear the drums from the boat, and if we walk into town for dinner we get to watch some of the practice. Very cool. We also did a fun island tour. There are some alluring anchorages around Bora Bora, but at this point we are shifting from cruising mode to preparations for voyaging, so we will continue to hang on the mooring, and run errands.
Here are pix from the past two weeks.