11 May Baie de Hanaiapa (still on Hiva Oa)
Yesterday, we arrived at Hanaiapa bay on the North side of Hiva Oa. To our surprise, sv Cool Change (Rick & Cindy) were there, also enjoying the beautiful alpine feeling bay. They filled us in and said a walk on shore was really worth it as there was a paved road to walk along with beautifully manicured landscape. (We took a walk and saw the lovely plants, srubs, trees, flowers, roosters, chickens and even 4 bee hives.) Most of the land is family owned, so we tread lightly. Never picking fruit off trees, sometimes you will be gifted lovely fruit (which we were from Stevens, on Hanamoenoa!)
This morning we had a school of Manta Rays feeding around the boat. They were within 20 feet, such an awesome site. Hannahsea jumped in and swam with them. Generally, when they got close to her, they would dive down a little deeper, but she was able to swim above one for a brief moment, it was awe-inspiring. She said it was magical seeing them come out of the darkness and swim toward her.
Tonight we are heading North to the biggest island, Nuku Hiva (about a 12 hour sail). I am hoping to spend Mother’s day in a calm anchorage. 🙂 Supposedly Nuku Hiva has better internet. Maybe we will be able to post a few pictures!