Raiatea & Tahaa with Karma
06 August 2017
We finally made Raiatea, with not quite all the chores we wanted done before Karma arrived but there is always later. We found there was a dinghy dock at Raiatea Airport so we took a look and felt we could pick up Karma from here. We shopped for some small boat parts at the local chandler and met up again with Paul and Gloria on Scallywag as they picked up their kids from the airport. Unfortunately when we went to pick up our daughter, we inadvertently hit a coral head and broke the shear pin on the propeller so we went nowhere without the use of oars. Sadder still was that we were about 2 miles away from the boat and we had a strong crosswind. After taking turns at rowing, a local cruiser finally saw us and towed us back to the boat. Paul was able to fix the propeller and we were off to shore again to pick up the obligatory baguette for lunch. We motored over to Tahaa and picked up a mooring outside one of the favorite resorts on Tahaa only to find out it was closed. We spent a few days here as the wind came up and most anchorages would be uncomfortable. We did move around to a Raiatea motu for some snorkeling and deserted island walking. After this it was round to Hibiscus where we were able to pick up a mooring for free. We ate at the restaurant with some very nicely prepared tuna and salad. We arranged an island tour of Tahaa for Karma and me the next day and got to take in the Big 3 of Tahaa – Vanilla Plantation, Pearl Farm, and Rum Factory. I was able to restock my supply of vanilla beans and local rum. The price of the pearls were the most expensive we have seen so far so gave them a miss for now. Next stop was the Coral Gardens on the Northwest motu. This was stunning, so much so, we went back again the next day. Here we met up with Gillian and Neil from Silver Lining and enjoyed watching the sunset over Bora Bora with a few cocktails. We then left for Bora Bora as Karma had to leave the next day. We managed to find a mooring ball at the Yacht Club but the restaurant was very expensive so our last meal was a barbeque on the boat. We took the boat to the airport and dropped karma off for her flight. It was sad to see her go as we had a great week but we also needed to get some chores done before we leave French Polynesia for the islands west.