Our first few days in Moorea
03 August 2012 | Cook's Bay, Moorea, Society Islands
Our cruise from Fakarava to Moorea took exactly 2 days and 8 hours. The sail was uneventful, this is a good thing. We had a ½ of a moon which helped light up the night sky. We both had a rain squall hit us on our first night and a few the next day, but other than that, life was good on the ocean. It seemed to take hours and hours to pass by Tahiti but once we were passed, Moorea was just 5 miles away. One day, many many years from now, when Tahiti completely sinks and becomes an atoll, it is going to be a HUGE atoll. Just an observation we made while passing Tahiti. We wove our way through the pass entrance of Cooks Bay, following the marked buoys, and dropped anchor at 5:30pm, just before sunset! One weird thing about the French Polynesia that we haven't mentioned, their color buoy markers are opposite from the rest of the world. Meaning, usually, red is to port and green is to starboard. Well, not here in Polynesia. Red is to starboard and green is to port. This is very important to remember when entering and leaving a pass!
While we were getting settled in and doing our necessary anchor watch (we always watch our chart plotter after setting the anchor just to double check that the anchor is set. We watch our plotted movement on the chart plotter) a few guys from some buddy boats came by and said hi. Apparently a group of cruisers that we had met in the Marquesas, were at a bar watching us motor into Cook's Bay. We chit chatted a bit, and then they informed us of a restaurant that was featuring Chinese food that night. (I had predicted we would have Chinese food while in Moorea but Tom thought my prediction was crazy). After hearing about the Chinese food and our mouths started to drool, we immediately dropped the dinghy in the water, cleaned up (quick clean with baby wipes) and went out to eat. I swear that was some of the best Chinese food we have ever had! Oh, while at dinner, I had a little gecko fall from the ceiling (open aired restaurant) and land on my chest. He then ran down stomach and down my leg! It freaked me out at first then I laughed about it.
Sunday morning, we immediately headed to the grocery store, immediately means we got there at 10am. Once we were docked, we ran into the same group of cruisers (Larry, Lisa, Ben, Robin, Doug and Suelaka) from the night before and they invited us to join them in a day hike to Belvedere lookout. Since the grocery store has very early hours on Sunday and we missed those open hours, we joined the group in the hike up the mountain. We were dressed appropriately in our flip flops, ok not the best footwear for a hike, but we left the boat thinking we were just going to the market. The hike, which was really a walk, was mostly on a dirt road, sometimes paved and ran through a forest and past pineapple fields. We also passed by a few goats and horses along the way. After walking for about 4 miles, we stopped and rested at some French Agricultural center that was closed and we all took a break. We were all getting tired, hot and sweaty, and the conversation turned to "let's go snorkeling!" Cool ocean water was calling all of us! We never did make it to the lookout and the hike down went much faster than the hike up. After getting back to Tanga, changing into our bathing suits, grabbing our snorkel gear, we dinghied to the mouth of Cooks Bay, dropped anchor, and plunged into the cool water. Unfortunately, the coral was a few notches below the Fakarava experience, we did get enjoy looking at some reef fish, oh and we did see a lion fish, a first for both of us. After snorkeling, we went over to SV Lisa Kay and enjoyed pina colada's and a few appetizers. As the evening rolled around, we all went out to eat for a Suelaka's birthday. It was a wonderful Sunday in Moorea!