Giant Moray Eels
20 September 2009 | Isle Mahaea, Tahaa, 16 38.65'S:151 25.82'W
Well, the lobster divers came back empty handed on Friday night, but the upside down cake was excellent.
We headed on around Tahaa yesterday morning and are anchored here next to Toahotu Pass. The island is beautiful in a very different way than the others we have visited, There are no tall peaks but the vegetation and the different textures it creates on the hills is beautiful. There is no airport, and only one resort on a motu that delivers it's guests by helicopter. A water taxi travels to Utaroa on the island of Raiatea. There are very few services and groceries available here. As they say, "it keeps out the riff raff."
I think the snorkeling here gets a 5. As you move away from the island towards the pass into the lagoon the water gets quite deep. A white sandy bottom and a the light cast from the sun makes the water color and the schools of bigger fish a sight to see. Closer to shore Brad spotted some Lionfish and we also came across two huge Moray eels with their heads poking out of the coral. I'd been hoping to see one but never imagined how big they'd be.
On the beach we met up with a couple from San Francisco here on their honeymoon. They'd been at the yacht club for dinner Tuesday night and immediately called out "hey Kattywompus from Seattle" when they saw us . We also met Angela and Karsten who are here from Germany on a two month sailing adventure. Their charter boat is named 'Danger Mouse', go figure. They came over for dessert and Karsten brought his walmart guitar that he picked up during their layover in Hawaii. We hope to see them again along the way.
Tomorrow we head back to Apu Bay to pick up the pearls. After that who knows what's next? Stay tuned.