We leave in the direction of Tahanea Gambier, an atoll of the Tuamotus located 700miles about. We make sure to get day in the past of Otao in the East of the island.
Tahanea is 'heaven'... No inhabitants only a keeper ( Since 1 year) who lives on the outskirts of the past of Otao and records the sailboats on arrival.
It's a grey and rainy weather that we leave the island of Rapa in the direction of Gambier. Navigation of 4 days with a cross-sea and successive grain not always comfortable. But comfort awaits us at Gambier...
The village of area is in effervescence... the new year is in 3 days and we are "requisition" to lend a helping hand to the preparations of the meal. Another great opportunity to sympathize with the locals and better understand their culture.
The festivities continue to Rapa... It is turn of role that the villages of Haurei ( the Wispipi) and Aera ( the Shiwawas) welcome all the inhabitants of the island to celebrate Christmas and the new year. Them 4 Weddings planned in December still promise of "good eaten" accompanied by traditional songs.
*Hello Rapa. The joviality, the kindness, generosity and sharing with the inhabitants of Rapa make this island is particularly welcoming and engaging...
The wind is not really to the make you to go on Raiatea so we stay a few more days on Huahine to attend the opening of the Heiva, traditional cultural festival which takes place in July in the Polynesian archipelago. Songs, dances, Racing canoes, crafts or agricultural exhibitions are scheduled.