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More Sea Tracks & BDay Party (June 2016)

27 June 2016
So many sea tracks and so little time! One day, we hiked to the Talava Acrches and went to Avatele Beach and Washaway Café. The Talava hike was another one of our favorites. It combined a walk through the forest to a cave, down through the cave to pools in the cave, then climbing down the rocks further on to find two natural arches. They believe this is one of the first places used by settlers as a lookout point. Daryl and Tony went further down to walk out on the coral reef. The color of the tidal pool water in Niue is a water color I've never seen! It is so turquoise blue. Afterwards, we went to Avatele Beach and Washaway Café. Avatele Beach is a beautiful spot and good snorkeling. Washaway Café is a "serve yourself" bar. You just help yourself to whatever you want and write it down on the notepad. The guys really liked this place! (See Photos of Arches and Washaway Café)

The last hike we did was at the Uluvehi Caves and Limu Pools. Uluvehi caves were down a steep road to a landing. The locals still keep their canoes in the caves and cover them with palm tree leaves. Limu Pools was the prettiest pools with the most spectacular colors. There were actually a series of several pools, with underwater caves and arches. We went snorkeling there and although there really weren't very many fish, we did see two new species of surgeonfish. Most interestingly, we could see a visual distortion underwater, caused by the mixing of cold fresh water with the warm sea water. The water was cool but not too cold to swim and snorkel. (See Photos of Limu Pools and Matavai Resort)

We ended at our hiking day at Sails Bar. But, we did not stay too long because we had to get back to the boats to get showered and dressed up to go out for dinner. As it turns out, Tony M and I have the same Birthday, June 27th, so we celebrated together with a very nice dinner along with BDay cake at the Matavai Resort. Thanks for arranging that Margaret!

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Niue Sea Tracks (June 2016)

25 June 2016
The first two sea tracks we did were the Avaiki Caves and Matapa Chasm. The hike down into the caves was very steep, but they had steps and ropes to hold onto. The caves were very big, with stalagmites and stalactites with varying hues of brown, green, and gold colors. At the bottom, there were tidal pools where there were lots of juvenile fish. The Matapa Chasm was a short hike down to the sea. At the bottom, there was a chasm with tall cliffs on both sides and a pool you could swim in. Tony M and Margaret both snorkeled, but the water was way too cold for us. (See Photos of Caves & Chasm)

One day, we hiked Anapala Chasm and Togo Chasm. Toga Chasm was one of our favorite sea tracks. The trail starts out in the forest, then into a forest with tons of coral outcrops, then into an area with coral chasms, then down the cliffs to the Togo Chasm. That was spectacular! It was like an oasis with palm trees in the sand in the middle of all the coral! We had to climb down a 40 foot tall ladder to get to the bottom. At the bottom, there were small tidal pools and there was a pool believed to be the king's bathing pool. Climbing back up and taking another trail around the corner, we could look down on the sea pounding on the shoreline with a blow hole spraying sea water almost up to our level. Of course, we ended our hiking day at the Hilltop Bar which had a beautiful view of the coral reef flats below. (See Photos Of Togo Chasm & Hilltop Bar)

Another day, we went to see the Hikulagi Sculpture Park. There is a sculpture they started to collect all kinds of objects from our lifetime that are no longer used, like telephones, typewriters, etc. It was interesting to see the types of "stuff" that was there. There was also another sculpture that was more like an art work.

Driving further along the east coast, we saw the Viakona trail head, marked "guide required". Hmmm! It sure looked nice, so off we went with Daryl, in the lead as our guide. Daryl hikes fast and so does Tony W., so it wasn't long before Margaret and I were trailing behind, out of sight. The trail was full of spider webs, with big yellow/red spiders. Eeks! I found a good long stick to wave in front of me and prevent myself from walking into a spider web and Margaret followed me. The trail was getting more and more difficult to follow and the forest had more coral outcrop rocks and chasms. But, Tony M waited for us and hiked with us, as we discussed turning back. Finally, we ran into Daryl and Tony W, on their way back up the trail. Tony had slipped on the coral rocks and cut his leg. He said it was fine, but I bandaged it up with my first aid kit.

Of course, we ended the hiking day at yet another watering hole, Matapa Bar. We met the owner, Oli, who turned out to be one of the Commissioners. He served us beer and I asked him what the locals did for coral cuts. He looked at Tony's leg and said he would get a medicinal plant. He went out to the woods and came back with some big leaves. He wrapped the Kavakava leaves in gauze, pounded the juice out of the leaves, and then "treated" Tony's cuts. What a hoot! I can tell you that his big cuts treated by Oli healed faster than one small one I had on my hand treated with antibiotic. (See Photos of Park, Viakona, & Matapa Healing Center)

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Niue, Tour with Commodore Keith (June 2016)

24 June 2016
The next day we went on a tour with Keith, the Commodore of Niue Yacht Club. We had a really fun time with Keith as he has such a great sense of humor. We saw the jail, as Keith explained that there is rarely someone in jail, so they don't have a jail keeper. When someone is in jail, they just let themselves out of their cell to go to the bathroom, and then go back to their cell. Imagine that! We saw the 1 school, 1 clinic, 1 airport, 1 police station, 1 fire station, 1 main grocery, 1 golf course, 1 mini putt putt (built down the cliff side) and 1 government building, along with lots of little bars perfectly situated with views of the beautiful coastline.

Outside of Alofi, there are about a dozen small villages, each with their own village square centered around a church. All along the roadside, there were lots of vacant slabs and abandoned houses. The population was 6,000 but due to several devastating storms, many people moved to NZ. Keith showed us photos taken before and after the storm of 2004. The tsunami-like waves piled up against the shoreline to over 100 feet and it was devastating to the island. Thankfully, most of the roads and villages, at least now, are at ~100 feet or more.

Keith showed us several of the "sea tracks" (trails down to the ocean) and did a couple with us. There are over 20 sea tracks and each one is so different. At each sea track trail head, there is a nice clean restroom, with flushing water, and a fresh water shower. Niue has a vast water supply with free drinking water that tastes wonderful. (See Photos of Tour with Keith)
Keith even made a video and gave us a copy of it. (See Video)

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Vessel Name: Cetacea
Vessel Make/Model: Cheoy Lee 53' Motorsailor
Hailing Port: Houston, Texas, USA
Crew: Tony Wessendorff & Gail Corrigan
About:
After 25 fun filled years as an environmental consulting firm owner, Gail sold her company and she and her husband, Tony the CFO, retired to go sailing on their boat Cetacea (see photo gallery). Cetacea was in St. [...]
Extra: P.S. Cetacea is the higher order biological name for whales and dolphins. Whales and dolphins are cetaceans. And our boat is a big fat whale of a boat, hence the name Cetacea! Not to mention that Tony & Gail, like all sailors, love whales.
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