Huahine thru Toahatu Pass to Raiatea
Trip Start Nov 27, 2010
15Trip End Dec 13, 2010
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I had a bit of a restless night and woke just after midnight to find one of the inter-island ferries leaving harbour and another about to come in. It is a busy port for the ferries and because we were fairly close to the channel I sometimes was worried (although the boats had to follow the lead lights in and we were not close to them). We I got up at 6.30am I started making my first loaf of bread which was going to take a few hours. We left the beautiful island of Huahine at 7.20am and headed out into 20 knots from the north east. We didn't have a good course to sail to (we were trying to get to pass Toahotu) but actually our heading was more like the northern end of Bora Bora. Never mind as we were sailing along at 6-9 knots and the best speed was achieved by me doing 11.5 knots surfing down a wave. Being the competitive person he is, Dale got me off the wheel and then proceeded to beat my top speed, however he only managed to draw even with me on 11.5kn!
It was recommended to us to visit the Anapa Pearl Farm, so we motored over to the western side of Raiatea, briefly circling around the Marina Apooiti area so I could quickly check emails. Reception was hard to get for my internet through Iaorana.net and in hindsight I probably wouldn’t choose this one again (although it was the only website in English)
We couldn’t find the exact location of the Pearl Farm, so we doubled back slightly and dropped anchor in 6m of water almost exactly opposite the Raiatea Lodge that we stayed at on our arrival. We took the dinghy over to Ile Tahunaoe – a really small little island but we found it had a private residence at the western end, so didn’t venture too far. We were met on our arrival by a very friendly little cat who decided to show us around – who then jumped on our dinghy as we were trying to leave. We had to use the paddle as the water was very shallow and a few coral bommies scattered about.
We couldn’t swim off the back of the boat here as the current was a bit too strong – especially for a poor swimmer like myself. Cooked up a nice dinner of chorizo & tomato pasta and planned our day for tomorrow – heading to Bora Bora and celebrating Dale’s big birthday – hopefully at Bloody Marys!
Fare to Toahotu Pass – 28nm
Toahotu pass to Anapa vicinity & to anchorage - 10nm