Arrival on Raiatea nice surprise to see again the Papuans! A small glass to celebrate the event on Tao. Bora Bora is their next destination, It's good we also!
Here we arrived on Bora Bora. The lagoon protected by a belt of coral, is accessible only by the Teavanui pass to the West of the island. Bora is one of the first tourist destination of French Polynesia,
the lagoon is beautiful but what a shame to have a row of luxury hotels in perspective,
and bungalows on stilts that have "pushed" in a matter of 10 years, attracting a clientele wealthy.
We are in high season and are surprised to see so few tourists aboard the shuttle that runs through the southern part of the lagoon,
as well as of Matira Beach renowned for its intense tourist activity!!
Many Charter companies plying the lagoon are not more numerous (Tao is alone on this tongue of sand),
and the restaurant "Bloody Marys" known for its festive atmosphere is completely deserted at the time the Happy Hour.
A little walk up to the antenna to discover the extent of the turquoise lagoon with below the tip of Matira.
The funds are very clear, corals are covered with anemones where clown fish hides in the run-up to the camera,
the gendarmes with big eyes, less fearful because regulars to be fed by divers approaching closer,
While this lonely Ballista fled at full speed under the reefs.
It is with the merry band of Papuans and their friends we'll swim with Manta Rays, but that day the weather is gray,
and funds are dark to appreciate the grace of rays!
Last anchorage on the edge of where Ohu North of the past where access ashore is easy to climb up to the guns,
then lunch at the "Yacht Club" where hospitality is more warm than the Bloody Marys!
Thursday 2 August: Tahaa
The island of Tahaa is known for its production of vanilla is authentic and wild she is still preserved from mass tourism, except in the Apu Bay where the dead bodies are taken over by the charters.
2 every week a local family offers evenings with Tahitian oven and traditional dances,
punctuated by the sound of the ukulele and the beat
The most impressive is the dance of fire ,
with sometimes postures acrobatic!
The evening ends on the boat of the Papuans.
Saturday 4 August: Back on Tahiti
The next day before sunrise of the day, We go to the market of Papeete with Noelle (Utopia). It's 5:30 in the morning and already the crowds jammed in the aisles,
the fish stalls, fruits or vegetables will be a few empty hours!
We are wet near the marina Taina and wait until a deadweight is free to leave Tao safe during our stay in France. We take this opportunity to make a complete maintenance of all the facilities on board plus some improvements.
Saturday 8 September: Departure for the France
This is Tao is well moored on a deadweight of the marina and we go quiet for a few weeks in France...