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The Marinas in Papeete are busy now. Papeete Marina does not take reservations. However, the two times we have arrived, we have found a dock space, by just motoring up. They have a crescent shaped dock out front that you can temporarily tie to, if no slips are available.

Papeete marina is located across a busy street with tons of stores and restaurants on the other side. The big open air marketplace building with veggies, crafts, local foods is also nearby. (It has a great farmers market early on Sunday mornings, located outside the marketplace, on the far side from the marina.) There are a couple good supermarkets within walking distance. A Champion grocery store is about a 15 minute walk (good produce selection, we even found organic apples, very crunchy and yummy!). There is also a Carefour about an 1/2 hour walk or you can arrange a free taxi at visitors center (near the ferry landing). The Carefour markets are like a super-grocery store, with food, household, sporting goods….

There is an awesome waterfront park on one side of Marina Papeete and on the other side towards the ferry landing, about 10 food trucks set up for dinner. There are also lots of different marine, electronic and other stores within walking distance. Dick and others really like the Ocean 2000 marine store.

The marina has good internet for laptops in the lounge area. We were able do do basic internet tasks such as email and search the web. Ipad & Iphones auto-disconnect in a couple minutes (supposedly they are working on this). As a go around we discovered that you can hot spot your laptop and connect your I-devices. We also bought a vini spot card and we had good internet sitting on the boat in the marina.

We discovered an IridiumGo connectivity issue on the inside slips in Papeete marina. Another couple sailboats had a similar issue. When we were connected to our external antenna we did not have a signal. However, when we disconnected from antenna and set the IridiumGo up on deck, we had a connection and were able to send emails and SMS messages. Now that we are away from the marina, everything is working well.

We’ve heard good things about Marina Taina, (reservations may be possible). It’s a big marina, with super yachts on the dock. The internet is rumored to be pretty good. It has a excellent chandlery and a marine retail store on the property. There is also an anchorage outside the marina, and a dingy dock! Supposedly the biggest grocery store, another Carefour is nearby.

2018 rates at marina Papeete for a 14 M boat: high season (Apr 1-Oct 31); less than 6 night stay, 5012 XPF per night; one week stay (7 nights), 27337 per week, all additional nights after 1 week, 4556 per night; for one month (4 weeks), 109348 per month.

Low season (Nov 1 to Mar 31); less than 6 night stay, 1993 XPF per night; one week stay (7 nights), 11390 per week, all additional nights after 1 week, 1898 per night; for one month (4 weeks), 45562 per month. Water and electricity is separate, but rates super reasonable. We heard that it is not a safe marina for cyclone season.

We have been super busy with sisters Wig, Maude and brother-in-law Johns visit. They arrived on June 16 and brought us lots of supplies! We are finding it works well for our visitors to bring us things from the states. We made a list, shopped online, along with ordering a few boat supplies from vendors, and had them shipped to Maude & John. When YOU come to visit, we hope you will bring some needed goodies also 🙂

Maude, John, Wig rented a car at the airport which enabled us to explore the whole island of Tahiti. We spent one day driving around Tahiti nui and Tahiti iti. Dick had been interested in going to the Musee Gauguin, when we arrived it was closed for construction (with 4 people guarding the gate?). However, next door we were able to explore a beautiful botanical garden, created in 1919 by an American adventurer and ecologist, Harrison Smith. As we started to walk the grounds we felt a little sprinkle. We continued our tour and before we knew it, it was pouring! We were able to duck under some big trees to stay a little dryer. We found a pond with awesome lilies and lily pads.

The rain continued on our drive down to Teahupoo (world famous surf spot, unfortunately the surf was not happening) and on up the east coast of Tahiti nui. We turned off at a waterfall sign (Les troiscascades de faarumai). They had created a beautiful little park with a bridge heading up the trail. The waterfall was amazing with all the day’s rain and the wind generated by the falling water whipped it all about. It was dramatic and exciting.

We climbed back into the car and continued our drive up the east coast and we came upon a popular surf spot “Papenoo” with about 50 surfers out in the water enjoying the North swell. We took a short stop and continued on to Point Venus, that has history with Captain Cook and also houses Tahiti’s only lighthouse. The rain had stopped and we were able to enjoy this beautiful park, and see a marvelous Tahitian sunset with Moorea in the distance.

One afternoon we went to a great beach, “Plage publique Vaiava” with awesome snorkeling (located at Kilometer marker “PK 18″). From the beach the shallow reef stretches quite a ways out to the surf line and deep water. As you swim through the shallow reef, imagine small canyons between the coral, that you meander your way through. We enjoyed it so much we went back another day.

One day we decided to venture into the middle of Tahiti. We drove along a dirt road with puddles and more puddles and more puddles. We weren’t quite sure if we were doing the right thing, when we saw a small sedan going the other way. (We were in a SUV type vehicle.) As we made our way up the road we turned around a corner and saw some road workers who were in the middle of the road. They directed us up over a single lane bridge and below we saw a river running over the road with painted pillars that indicate water depth and when it is unsafe to cross.

We were driving thru beautiful green terrain, trees, shrubs, flowers all around. High mountain peaks above all covered in vegetation. The road signs were unreadable, as they were covered in lichen. We eventually made made our way up a hill and at the top we could see a dam with an elaborate debris clearing mechanism. Next to it was another crossing with the painted pillars and the road disappeared. We stopped the car and walked down to where the river was running over the road, we found a sign that informed us that they were letting out water for 10 days. The road ahead had turned into a spillway and was covered in about 18” of water. The amazing thing was we saw a small truck drive right across it!

As we loaded back into the vehicle we pulled over to adjust something and looked to our right and found a Marae (ancient religious site). So exciting, as we were not expecting it. It had several levels and as we climbed up into it, we started being attacked by mosquitos and more mosquitos. Once we piled back in the car we had a mosquito killing session (as they had followed us). When we got back to the main road we realized our journey had not really taken us very far at all, but it was fun exploring.

We are currently in Moorea, we cruised/ raced over from Tahiti to Moorea on Saturday with about 40 other boats (Tahiti-Moorea Rendezvous for Pacific Puddle jumpers). They offered some Tahitian meals and we were able to enjoy 3 different shows with native dancing, drumming, and singing. Yesterday, they had outrigger canoe races. We participated and got 2nd in our heat so we got to paddle in a second race. It was fun for all of us to see and learn more about the culture. We will head back to Papeete on Wednesday to drop of our visitors. Dick and I will probably stay a few days and then head off to see the remainder of French Polynesia, including Bora Bora.

Wow, we have been at Marina de Papeete for a week! Adjusting to dock and city life, checking out our neighborhood, seeing what is around and what and where we can re-stock our supplies.

We have had quite a few neighbors, most have been European. From Norway, Finland, France…  It’s been fun to see some familiar faces from Puerto Vallarta and meet others who are on a similar journey as ours. Papeete seems to be a cross roads; cruisers are either staying around the South Pacific Islands for a year or two, heading to New Zealand or Australia or a few are heading to Hawaii and back to the USA! We have gotten to know a few of our new neighbors, last night we went to see Solo (Star Wars) at the local theater that offers english speaking movies on Thursday nights. (French and Tahitian are the major languages spoken here.) We had dinner at the waterfront plaza that fills with food trucks after dusk. Yummy thai for me, and rib-eye and fries for Dick.

We have been working on a few boat projects and spending too much time trying to get communications to work properly. Our IridiumGo satellite device is having problems connecting and we purchased an internet card that works well most of the time. We spent a day on Amazon purchasing products that will be delivered to us by Dick’s sisters who are coming to visit, so we can check a lot of items off the list.

The coolest thing here in Papeete so far was the visit from a big Sea Turtle. Accompanied by several attendant fish, we had quite a group on the dock watching. And, it being Hannah’s last night in the South Pacific, we were thinking it was a nice going away present.

 

If you read the last blog post you might be familiar with the importance of entering Atolls at slack tide. Since our Tide Calculator worked well for Manihi, we assumed it would work well for Rangiroa. As we were nearing the entrance we heard Agnes from Ti Sento on the radio, we contacted them. They had looked at the tide table at the local dive shop and it said high tide was 30 minutes later than our information, so slack would be 1 hour later. We decided to enter anyway, and had 3 knots of current and some waves in the channel, it made for a little excitement. All was good, we made it just fine.

Rangiroa is the second biggest Atoll in the world. The Tiputa entrance was much bigger than Manihi, it even has range markers. These are markers that the skipper lines up the vessel, to get the correct boat location as you travel through the channel.

The most recommended anchorage is on the right of the entrance (in front of the Kia Ora hotel). We maneuvered our way through the 20 or so boats to find a good spot for Maia. We ended up at the back of the pack which was just perfect with our anchor and chain draped across the sand.

After our overnight sail to get to Rangiroa, we took a little time to energize before getting the dingy into the water and going to shore to check out things. Late afternoon we headed in and found things to be fairly quiet, as it was a Sunday afternoon. There was a Magazin (little market) open, so we were able to pick up a few things. We walked down to the pass entrance and viewed it at a less favorable entrance and exit time. There were lots of waves and you could see the water speeding through the pass. We dingyed by Ti Sento on our way back to Maia and our new friends invited up for a drink and they filled us in on the area.

Monday, Hannah went on a scuba dive with a Dive shop. Dick and I brought the bikes in and went on an Atoll tour. We road about 6 miles to Avatoru, the village at the other end of the motu (islet). We stopped at Gaugins pearl shop, to check out the local selection of pearls. This area is well known for its black pearl farming. In Avatoru we stopped at M & M restaurant for lunch. They served huge meals. Dick had a chicken sandwich that was on a 12 inch bagette and a “small” fries that was a huge pile on a dinner size plate. I had a large portion of tuna accompanied by about 2 cups of rice! Lunch was good, I had some leftover tuna to feed to a local mama dog that stopped by for a visit.

After lunch we checked out the little harbor and rode around and found a good vantage point for scouting this smaller pass. It had dense standing waves on the inside of the pass and we saw a sailboat that was shipwrecked on the shore across the channel. Yikes! On our way back we found a “Fare House”, a nice size grocery store with a good hardware section in the back. We also stopped at a local boutique, where “Madam” Laura found a dress. (The shop keeper kept calling me Madam. :).

Once we got back to Tiputa, we stopped at the magazin and were so excited to see a flat of lovely looking brown eggs! We decided to stop back the next morning for a fresh baguette and eggs. We ran into Hannah here, which was perfect timing.  After her “dive” she had found the “Pearl Lady”, (Kookoo Pareo Artisanat) that a friend had told her about and she had done some shopping and got some amazing deals on some pearl necklaces and bracelets.

Our last full day in Tiputa we stopped on shore and got the local tide times, and did our pass “scout” (it is so reminiscent of the old days of river running, scouting the rapids!) We found out our tide calculator was an hour off! We decided to use local tide times to head out during slack, (high tide plus 30 minutes)!

We also went snorkeling at the “Aquarium”. An amazing reef at Motu Fara, on the inside of the pass with mooring balls to tie up the dinghy. It was really awesome, we saw a variety of fish, the biggest being a black tipped reef shark. The coral was beautiful also. So fun to swim around in the underwater beauty.

On Wednesday, we were so surprised to see 2 Cruise ships enter into the Atoll. (Now, the range markers and the aquarium mooring balls make sense.) We were glad we were stowing for sea and getting on our way. When we passed by the “Aquarium”, it was crazy busy. (Yesterday, the three of us had it on our own for a while.)

Things are bitter-sweet aboard Maia. Our time with Hannah is coming to an end. We are on a two-night passage. We’ve had good wind to start (10 to 15 knots) with fairly mellow seas. Currently, it is light winds (5 – 7 knots) which works well as we are laying in wait for daylight, 35 miles from Papeete, Tahiti! We will be making landfall tomorrow. Excited to be heading into a marina and to be staying on a dock for a bit, checking out the big city of Papeete and possibly being able to wash clothes in a washing machine!  Oh yea, we expect better internet also.

Sad for this part of the trip to be ending. Hannah flies out to her home in Vancouver, BC in a couple days. It has been really nice to have her aboard for our passage and adventures for the last 2.5 months. We will miss her.

We are finally feeling revived after the big ocean crossing from Mexico! After 3 weeks in the Marquesas we had a four day/night sail to Manihi in the Tuamotu archipelago. We were able to sail the whole trip as we had 10 – 20 knot winds, with rocky and rolly seas, threatening clouds, but no real rain. (It appears we are getting more used to the rocking and rolling, as we complained less and seemed to be able to accomplish a few more tasks.)

We enjoyed three CALM days and nights moored in Manihi. An “Atoll” is a coral island consisting of a reef surrounding a lagoon. It is super beautiful here, bright blue, green and turquoise water, with lots of coral, white sandy looking coral beaches. Palm trees are the tallest things on the island. There are “passes” to get in and out, so you have to pay attention to the tides and plan to enter and exit during “slack” (when there is the least amount of water flowing). These passes from the open ocean into the shallow lagoons can flow like a river and test class II whitewater skills in our 40′ boat we call home!

Figuring out when slack is, took a little effort. Our chart plotters only show tides for an island nearby. We graciously received a tide calculator from the cruising community. This told us the best time to enter was 10:20. However, we had also received an email address for a local on Manihi, so decided to contact him. The times  he gave us was one hour later.  We decided to go with the local knowledge.  However, we arrived about an hour early and the pass looked calm, but we were waiting for “slack”. As we sat outside the entrance we noticed things looked like they were picking up, so we headed in about 10 minutes before the local knowledge slack time. We found the current running about 2-3 knots slowing us down, we did ok, but realized that our tide calculator might have had the correct time. On our second day in Manihi we “scouted” the pass at slack (according to our tide calculator) and found that we did have the correct time. Hooray! Now we know when a good time to leave will be. Running whitewater in Maia can be avoided if our timing is right!

On our way towards the anchorage we received a call on the radio from a boat that was already moored. They filled us in and said that the mooring balls were secure and recommended we attach to one of them. As we got closer they offered to help us out. They jumped into their dingy and threaded our line through the mooring ball. It was wonderful to meet Agnes and Boss, from Ti Sento. They filled us in on the other island information. The cruising community is really amazing.  What was also awesome was that there were only 3 cruising boats at Manihi. It is always nice to get away from the crowds.

Manihi has a lovely little village with two small stores (“Magazin”), a couple snack bars, one with a bakery, and a post office. Yesterday, Hannah and I went in to try to use Internet. The mayors office gave us the password to the villages internet. Very generous!

As we struggled for online access, we were visited by three young girls (8 & 10). Luckily, Hannah speaks French so she was able to converse with them. They were cute and silly and asked lots of questions. They would look over our shoulders to see what we were doing with our devices. I ended up showing them some of my pictures and video, they really liked the dolphins!

We had a wonderful time snorkeling along a reef near Maia this morning. We saw dozens of different kinds of fish. A black tipped reef shark got within 5 feet of Dick! Once they saw him they turned quickly away. Hannah saw three octopuses yesterday. It appeared one was protecting another or its territory.  She saw two and their color was blending into the coral. They swam and sat next to each other and touched tentacles. As a third came near the sparks flew and one of them spread itself out over the top of the other and snapped out it’s tentacles and turned colors. She saw white, red and purple!

We left this afternoon on an overnight trip to Rangiroa, another atoll in the Tuomotus. It is a beautiful calm night with an almost full moon. The swell has been mellow at 1-2 feet, although it has recently increased. The wind is behind us and has remained below 10 knots so our speed would be around 3-4 knots with a lot of flapping sails so… motor on! And, our batteries need the recharge. It seems really strange to not be sailing. This is the only leg of our South Pacific journey that we have moto-sailed extensively.

Looking forward to exploring Rangiroa!

We arrived in Baie de Taiohae on Tuesday afternoon after sailing from Anaho bay. We had a slow start as we took time to make water (partially fill up our water tanks) for an hour or so. We also had a short morning dingy ride to take a close look at the reefs and coral before loading up the dingy. It generally takes us an hour or two to get the boat ready to sail. Engine check, deck check, stow for sea… We have a check list that helps us prepare Maia for departure that we keep updating since sailing in Canada!

The town of Taiohae surrounds the bay and heads up into the beautiful hillside. It is a lovely big bay with plenty of room for anchoring. (So different from Tahauka harbor and Atuona on Hiva Oa.) It is open to the swell and can be rocky and rolly (are you seeing a theme here?).

An open air fruit and vegetable market is next to the harbor as well as a few restaurants, Kevin’s place (a yacht services business), a local craft market and visitors bureau.

The bay has a waterfront promenade with grass and trees. A close walk from the harbor is a bank, post office, a couple restaurants, 3 food stores. Up into town is a hardware store and larger food market. There is also a hospital, the only one in the Marquesas. There are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in town.

We decided to arrive on Tuesday as we were told Wednesday and Saturday was the big veggie market. As things get going early here we headed in around 7:00 on Wednesday morning. We were thrilled with the produce selection! Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy, green cabbage, green beans… bananas, watermelon, mangoes. We stocked up and then had breakfast at the nearby restaurant, tried to use internet (slooow). Hannah stayed with the produce while Dick and I took a walk and explored the markets and picked up a few more goodies. We had heard you could order eggs and tried to get on the list. Unfortunately, they appeared to be sold out, however our quest for eggs was satisfied by our friends Rick and Cindy on sv Cool Change. They had figured out how to get on a ‘egg list’!

We also enjoyed an evening out with Cool Change, having dinner at Moana Nui and went on a fabulous day tour of the East side of the island (the more luxurious part). Richard from Temarama Tour was our excellent tour guide and filled us in on island history, flora, fauna….. The scenery was stunning, the roads steep, windy and in good shape. It was great to see places that we did not get to on Maia. One of the highlights was the Ancient Ceremonial sites, Tohua Hikokua and Kamuihei Ceremonial Center. Richard explained some of the fascinating history as we walked though the sites. There were also several Petroglyphs we got to see.

The best internet was at Kevin’s place when there was just two of us connected to the web. Once others logged on things sloooowed down. It was nice to finally be able to access the internet and make a post to facebook. Still not able to post pictures. The good news is that we were able to connect to a couple sites that we had not gotten into before. In about two weeks we will be in Papeete, Tahiti and should have better access there. Of course we expect to be super busy with boat projects and getting things ready for a visit from sister’s Wig, Mary Maude and brother-in-law John. When does the vacation begin?

Happy Birthday Trevor! It is hard to believe 28 years ago Trevor was born and now Dick and I sailed to the Marquesas, never did imagine this amazing journey.

Our overnight sail from Hiva Oa to Anaho bay on Nuka Hiva was uneventful. We must be getting used to the rocky-rolly seas! Winds were 15-20 and on the beam. When we arrived Saturday afternoon, there were 5 other boats in the small anchorage tucked around a little point. Towering above us are tall mountains, soaring cliffs, and red rock mostly covered in greenery. There is a beautiful sand beach that surrounds 3/4 of the bay that is accessible through a little pass in a coral reef protecting the beach. A few structures on shore, a horseman, some copra work. The anchorage is calm!

Sunday morning I slept in as it is Mother’s Day. Dick made me a nice pancake and egg breakfast. (I love the way he spoils me on Mother’s day!) We have a nice relaxing day, spending some time studying for our next big destination, the Tuomotos.

Monday we had a planning session to decide on where we will go in the Tuomotos. This area is much different from where we are now. It is atolls, small low islands surrounded by coral. The Palm trees are the tallest things on the islands. You enter into the area in an opening in the reef where the water rushes in and out with the tides, so planning is of the utmost importance. Snorkeling is supposed to be excellent.

Later that afternoon we went for a walk on the beach. We negotiated the little pass in the reef and stepped ashore. We saw a (cute!) black tipped reef shark in the shallows and a large sting ray in the shallow water right near our feet!!

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!

It is hard to believe that we have been in the Marquesas for over two weeks! We have been enjoying our days here, still feel like we are re-grouping from crossing the Ocean, taking care of some business and also having some fun.

Along with the tropical beauty comes heat, humidity and intermittent rain showers! The sweating can start by 7:00 am (the sun is up around 6:00) and may stop early evening if you are just sitting around with either fans or a breeze. Once you start moving all bets are off. I tend to be especially affected by the heat and have been drinking lots of water (sometimes adding sea salt and lemon or lime for an electrolyte charge) and trying to take it easy in the hottest parts of the day.

It seems to rain mostly in the evenings and nighttimes. However, as the clouds build up so fast, we are always ready to close the hatches and ports. Whenever we leave the boat we close everything down. Most have been brief rainshowers, however we had a night time downpour that was very much appreciated as it gave Maia a much needed bath.

We have spent about half of our time on Tahuata Island, at an beautiful anchorage called Hanamoenoa baie. Beautiful clear water and white sand beach, great for a cooling swim, snorkeling, paddling, relaxing (with our toes in the sand) and projects!

Projects included reorganizing, cleaning the interior and exterior of the boat, hand washing laundry and a few other “boat projects”. We found that these projects worked best while we were at a calm anchorage. Inside “cleaning” consists of normal household cleaning, plus wiping down most of the surfaces inside the boat with vinegar, water and tea tree oil to keep the mildew at bay. Exterior boat cleaning means scraping the bottom to remove barnicles, weeds and other growth. Sacrificial zincs are checked and changed as needed.

As for reorganizing; during the passage it was too rough for Dick and I to sleep in the v-berth (the front cabin, our bedroom) so we had loaded half of the V-berth with storage. To get rid of the v-berth storage we unloaded the starboard aft cockpit storage bin and brought out our inflatable toys (kayak & paddle board – yea!). In went our Jordan drogue (safety device that we will deploy if weather and seas get to rough, to slow down the boat). We also moved some food and supplies from deep storage to accessible storage, which then allowed us to stash some of our other items into the deep storage. Don’t worry if you did not follow all that, basically I was trying to say that it feels good to have our “bedroom” back and the boat organized. 😉

We spent about another week on Hiva Oa, at Tahauka Harbor and the town of Atuona. Our time was spent checking into French Polynesia (we can stay 3 months) trying to use internet, shopping and exploring the area. It was about an hour walk (20 min bike ride) into town. There are a couple restaurants, a couple grocery stores, a hardware store, several smaller stores, Post Office, Gendarmerie, museum, nice park…. We were able to pick up veggies and baguettes and a few other supplies. One day we took an awesome hike up to a waterfall. We were out 5 hours and were all were pretty hot & tired when we got back!

Tahauka harbor was busy with all of us cruisers. It is fairly open to swell so it can be rocky and rolly. We try to limit our times in the big harbors, but there is always so much to do and surprise projects to tackle! It was awesome to reconnect with friends from La Cruz in Puerto Vallarta after the 3 plus week passage and excited to see friends from sv Jade Akka (Thomas and Isa) who we had met in San Diego last December.

We have had very little internet access. There is a restaurant/ bar in town that has internet, but it is super slow. (We took care of a little banking, but each time it took hours! So frustrating!) A big thanks to son, Trevor, who has been posting to the blog for us. 🙂

After spending half a day in town, breakfast, (sloooow) internet, shopping for a few supplies and a bike ride around town and up to the local cemetery where painter Paul Gauguin and Belgian singer Jacques Brel were buried. We had a awesome view from above, looking down on the harbor and bay.

When we arrived back at the boat captain Dick noticed that we had no power coming in from the solar panels. He checked the wire and fuse that connect the solar panel controller to the batteries and found that the fuse had melted (not popped !$#x)! We quickly covered the solar panels and Dick investigated. We also remembered that Thomas on sv Jade Akka was an electrical engineer. He stopped over and found that our wire was too small going from the solar panel controller to the batteries. Though the wire and fuse were installed according to the suppliers instructions. I guess the tropical sun is strong at Hiva Oa!

The next day Dick and Hannah went into town in hopes of finding a new fuse holder and larger wire. I stayed on Maia to monitor the solar panels. About 9:00 I felt the wire and fuse and it felt warm, 30 minutes later they felt warmer, 15 minutes later hot and the fuse had melted again! I panicked for a moment as captain Dick had not told me what to do if the problem came about again. Quickly, I came to my senses and covered the solar panels! Once they returned with thicker wire, Dick went to work and replaced the wire and made a fuse holder. We have had no problems since!

Something I did not expect was all the people that also sailed here! We had our group of about 50 Canadians and Americans from the Puerto Vallarta area sailing down, but there are lots more people! People who sailed down directly from the US West coast, others from the East coast, Canada and Europe who came down through the Panama canal! It has been really fun to reconnect with those we knew in Mexico as well as making new friends. However we like it best when there is just a few of us in an anchorage!

We enjoyed a full day at Hanamoenoa Bay, it is a beautiful tropical bay. Temperatures are in the 80’s, the water is refreshing (it is easy to get cold if you stay in too long.) A white crescent beach is backed by lots of greenery. Huge Coconut Palm trees stand above it all.

Last night, we all had a FULL nights sleep after 26 days! The wind has picked up today, so we have been moving around a bit on our anchor, but it is lovely. Our main order of business was to rest and re-group, do some laundry and go into shore.

Late afternoon we pumped up the dingy, took it off the deck and put it into the water. We had a nice row to shore and a perfect beach landing. We had a little celebration, pictures taken, went for a swim and walked along the beautiful sandy beach and enjoyed a green flash at Sunset!

I think it is finally setting in. We crossed the Pacific and are now in French Polynesia!!!

How far did we go? April 24, 9 miles 😉