Cruising the Society Islands

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.

Raiatea...erupting??
Raiatea…erupting??
Our anchorage between the island and the reef
Our anchorage between the island and the reef
Our anchorage between the island and the reef
Our anchorage between the island and the reef
My new screen saver shot, perhaps...
My new screen saver shot, perhaps…
We dinghied in to the especially sacred marae on Raiatea
We dinghied in to the especially sacred marae on Raiatea
Between Raiatea and Tahaa, all inside the reef
Between Raiatea and Tahaa, all inside the reef
One of many churches
One of many churches
One of many pearl farms
One of many pearl farms
Sailing to Bora Bora
Sailing to Bora Bora
Surf on the barrier reef
Surf on the barrier reef
Through the (only) pass in the reef, and headed to the main harbor
Through the (only) pass in the reef, and headed to the main harbor
On the mooring right in front of the "yacht club"
On the mooring right in front of the “yacht club”
View from the restaurant
View from the restaurant…
...and the pool
…and the pool
And yippee - there is wifi here!
And yippee – there is wifi here!
Into the back of a Land Rover for an island tour
Into the back of a Land Rover for an island tour
Nice to get up above sea level for a fresh perspective
Nice to get up above sea level for a fresh perspective
Ahhh
Ahhh
If we weren't trying to stay close to the BPO schedule I'd try anchoring here!
If we weren’t trying to stay close to the BPO schedule I’d try anchoring here!
We dropped in at Bloody Mary's bar/restaurant...
We dropped in at Bloody Mary’s bar/restaurant…
...as have many of the rich and famous
…as have many of the rich and famous
Stopping for coconuts, bananas and a view
Stopping for coconuts, bananas and a view
Rumor has it that the high end huts at that resort go for $15,000 per night!
Rumor has it that the high end huts at that resort go for $15,000 per night!
Now THAT'S a coconut! (And a coconut crab)
Now THAT’S a coconut! (And a coconut crab)
Time to watch pareos being made
Time to watch pareos being made
Choose 3 colors...
Choose 3 colors…
Voila!
Voila!
Time to learn a dozen ways to tie them
Time to learn a dozen ways to tie them
Voila!
Voila!

2 thoughts on “Cruising the Society Islands”

    1. Lots still to see/do before Australia (more about that real soon), but Hallie and I have started a little tentative plan for some traveling together when we get there. Anyone know about Oz’s sights and perhaps a bus tour of the Northern Territory??

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