27 June 2017 | Bora Bora Yacht Club
We're still on Bora Bora, and moored at the yacht club. Last Saturday , Conni and I motored Debbie an Philippe to Viatape for their departure ride out to the airstrip motu. They were great guests, and we enjoyed having them with us. We hope that had as much fun.
We had an evening with the two of us, a normal, quiet evening, and on Sunday, we motored back to Viatape to fetch Nate and Val back to Wings.
Nate is an HVAC engineer for an Anchorage firm who has been contacted to ConocoPhillips, and Val teaches for the Air Force. We met them through the Seward Yacht Club, and Nate traveled with us from Bora Bora to Rarotonga during our trip West to Fiji. Both are accomplished outdoors people, low maintenance, and ready for any adventure. The cost in money and time to reach Bora Bora are so substantial that we're honored for anyone to join us, and not a little anxious that we can provide the great vacation that they have every right to expect!
They had arrived last week in Papeete, since they had decided to see something on their own of Tahiti. They found an Air BNB room, rented a car, and saw more of Tahiti than we have. Smart folks! The day after they leave us, we take Wings to the Carenage to begin the decommissioning process and the trip is over.
Yesterday, we repeated the bike tour of the southern end of the island, spending a few hours at Matira Point beach. The water was its usual beautiful color and temperature and the snorkeling was great. After a quick rinse in the public shower, we biked back to the pizza place with the wood-fired pizza oven and enjoyed great pizza, cold Hinano, and wonderful conversation. After a ride back to Viatape, we dropped the bikes at Avis and motored back to our bay and Wings.
The bay in which we sit is protected by a point of land so that we're usually in calm water (other than rude young men riding hell-for-leather on jet skis through the mooring field), but a short trip around the point toward Viatape can put us in white caps and rough seas, and very wet butts. I am usually operating the outbound so I've had to learn where the path of the driest butts is.
We took a long walk today, venturing into Fa’anui Bay. We choose, for some odd reason, the hot part of the day, causing thirst and too much sun. Still getting off the boat is nice.
We leave tomorrow, sailing toward Taha’a.