Beach Party at Tahanea
03 June 2011 | Tahanea Atoll, Tuomotu Archipelago
Although yesterday was Antoine's official birthday, our friends on kid-boats Charade and Callipyge arrived this morning, so we had a party on the beach so that Antoine's birthday could be celebrated with their six children. So the crews of Evergreen, Moondance, Charade, Callipyge, and Ipanema joined us on shore where we made a huge driftwood bonfire, and shared food and drink and birthday cake. Antoine got a spear gun as a gift from Arnaud on Charade (photo), and a hat woven from palm fronds. The kids frolicked in the lagoon while the adults polished off rum & cokes.
At 8 PM Arnaud and Carole from Charade and Tomas from Callipyge came out to pick me up; I took them to the tidepools on the ocean side of the atoll and showed them how and where to find lobster. We walked in ankle- to knee- deep water in the tidepools looking for and collecting lobster; our haul was 18 lobsters. Two hours walking in the tidepools sure wore me out, by legs feel like rubber now!
Tomorrow we are getting together for a lobster-with-garlic-butter feast at lunch time. Charade will also be grilling a grouper they caught and we'll be bringing over the garlic butter and some marlin sushi.