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, ...
... up for our whale encounters. Yes, Google-Jen is also a Feeder! and very good at it. Everyone always looked forward to Cake O'clock in the afternoon!
Nossa, our Tongan skipper, was always smiling and laughing and he LOVED to drive his boat at warp eight! You've never experienced speed until you have been in a boat driven by Nossa. But he also knows where to find the whales. His brother Mika looks like a very big, ...
... with such wonderful care and attention, we will always be truly grateful. They kept a daily log book that tracked every time they opened the boat ( which was often) turned the engine over, prepared her for Cyclone Iain and cleaned the bird poo off the deck. We could not have wished for better caretakers of our floating home. Though being a salty air, things still rust and cease moving. One big downer is the water maker ...
... 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 ...