Friday, September 8, 2017
We got up early, took our dinghy to shore and provisioned at the grocery store for our trip to Tahaa.
We had a quick motor over to Tahaa. When we arrived at the pass, dolphins joined us and swam at our bow!
The weather was very windy and rainy for the rest of our time with Katie and Robin, but we managed to do a few fun things with them and Alcyone before they left.
We also went to Ia Orana Pearl Farm. Tama came to our boats with his panga and took us to the pearl farm. He also gave us a tour of the operation. This was the friendliest, most comprehensive tour we have experienced.
Each pearl takes 18-24 months to grow. If the pearl forms well, another pearl is made with the same size graft or implant as the original pearl and it will also take 18-24 months to develop. 60 percent of pearls fail to grow in the oysters.
Katie bought some earrings and a few gifts and Betsy bought a long strand of pearls. Fun!
The two weeks went really fast and it came time to say "Goodbye for now" to Katie and Robin. We put them on the ferry to Raiatea where they had a little time to explore before catching their flight to Papeete.
We had such fun ! It was sad to see them go.
First Mate Kate
This is the view of Huahine from outside the reef. We arrived mid-morning in Fare and picked up a mooring ball. Our friends Kenny and Besty on Alcyone were there and Kenny assisted the ball pickup.
We were all a bit tired but decided to get off the boat and explore a bit and have lunch at the "Yacht Club".
Huahine is an old island compared to Tahiti or Mo'orea and was created by three distinct volcanic eruptions.
The next day all six of us rented bikes and did a tour of the island. It was a great day! Here are some of the highlights:
The Shell Museum
Melanie wasn't in her studio but it was open for exploration. Her art was colorful and active and clearly inspired by people, places and activities (many of which are from Huahine).
We continued on our bike tour and found cold coconuts (coconut water) to refresh us.
The day was capped off with a nice dinner at the Yacht Club right at sunset.