Can You Say Huahine?
07 September 2009 | Port de Fare, Huahine, 16 42.71'S:151 02.43'W
The French say 'wa-hee-nay', the Polynesians say 'who-a-he-nay'. You decide.
The weather finally improved so yesterday about 4:30 we pulled up the anchor and headed to the island of Huahine. It was an uneventful overnight passage with a gorgeous full moon. With just the two of us aboard, we stand 3 hour watches at night. 6-9, 9-12, 12-3 and 3-6. Seems to work pretty well. When we're at sea multiple days we do the same but during the day add 6am-noon and noon-6pm. That way each of us has the opportunity for a bigger chunk of sleep within a 24 hr. period.
We entered Avamoa Pass about 8:00am and are now anchored in the bay very close to town. Most of the bay is very deep 60'+ but there is one area nearer the reef with a sandy bottom and 12' - 20' of depth. We're anchored there with about 6 other boats.
Our inflatable Kayak has been put to good use on the trip so far. On short passages we can leave her inflated on deck. When we arrive, in the water she goes and we're off. Hauling big loads of stuff or paddling in rough weather isn't so great. That's what we have the dinghy for. Off to town we go.
Huahine is a fairly small island (75 sq. Kilometers) and they're famous for their watermelons and cantaloupe. Our first surprise is the supermarche (supermarket). It's big and has an amazing selection of everything from canned corned beef to expensive french cheese. We tried the corned beef earlier in the trip. It's disgusting! Baguettes here are about 75 cents. Next we run into our friend Marnie from 'Shelette'. They're still speaking to us even though Jane smoked them at dice aboard their catamaran the other night in Moorea!
There is a small restaurant next to the dinghy dock. How about a cold beer and some pomme frites I ask? Brad replies 'Mais oui' and there we are! Unfortunately the kitchen is closed at this time so we settle for a beer to end the afternoon. Dinner on board then a game of 'crazy 8's. Good Night