19 October 2017
We had a rental car for a while and saw snippets of the island but most of Vavau is all about the water. After stocking up on fuel and provisions, we meandered off into some of the anchorages. We anchored in lagoons, off white sandy beaches, mangroves and next to breaking reefs. The water in the outer area is crystal clear and delightful to be in. We were in several anchorages where we didn’t even have to snorkel in the water, as the clarity from the boat was crystal clear. We watched whales, turtles, and dolphins, all without leaving the boat. We caught up with a few friends and ate out a few of the restaurants onshore. Neiafu is excellent for providing wonderful entertainment for the cruisers. One thing that surprised us though, is the number of boats here. There seems so many more than when we were here last time and anchoring in some places was a little tight. It was more difficult to find some of those out of the way places that we could have to ourselves but we did find a few. We enjoyed sundowners on a few beaches and BBQ’s ashore at Hunga Haven. But time to move south.