Puataukanave International Hotel
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... or shorthanded with just Tina and me onboard. There are a few people in Neiafu wanting passage to Fiji and other destinations but I think this is a great opportunity to get some more experience and there are plenty of yachts coming through for those wanting onward passage. Once we are in New Caledonia two mates of mine, Rory & Guido, are planning on joining us for the passage back to Australia.
The trip South from Apia in Samoa to Neiafu in Vava’u, ...
... us. Lounette was our guide to the Tongan culture and the inner workings of the little community that was the resort. Lounette has been coming to Tonga to swim with whales for a number of years so she knows all the inner workings of the place.
There were others who made the bonding possible and enhanced the experience. Jen, or "Google-Jen" as we started calling her was an absolute joy to have as the Guide to all things ...
... him, wondering if he will survive the trip. Mercifully, the plane is running to schedule as it is renowned for sometimes not running at all. The plane was donated to the Tongan people by the Republic of China and was designed for short Chinese people. Hence, a strange comedy plays out as everyone boarding who is over 150cms or wider than 60cms bends to enter the plane and squashes themselves into a seat. Fingers crossed.... ...
... There we are no longer alone. It's peak cruising time here with many boats up from NZ and many other boats like us, moving west across the Pacific or, preparing to head south for NZ. We locate a mooring ball within the anchorage and hit town for an explore. Neiafu is more boatie aware but most of the tourist money is made by expatriates - Americans, Brits, NZers, Germans etc. They are the ones that run restaurants, laundry and dive services. Tongan wages are ...
... and there's some sailing chat for anyone who doubts I really know what I'm talking about...I'm getting there.
My last stop was the mystical island of Bora Bora. That far off land that sounds entirely fictional but believe me really does exist. I've always thought that if you were to ask anyone where the most exotic or mysterious place they could think of was, Bora Bora would be a fairly popular answer. To say I've been is an achievement in itself, but not as big an accomplishment ...