And this is what’s right under our boat. It is taking some getting used to to determine if we’ll clear the rocks and coral under the boat. Our keel sticks down about seven feet below the surface. We had about two feet between this coral and the bottom of our keel.
Change of plans – brought on by a really bad case of what we think is food poising last night. Cyndi and I both got it and we’re still feeling bad this afternoon. We may head for Toau tomorrow or maybe the next day. It’s nice not having a strict schedule. Oh well, if you’ve got to be sick, I guess this isn’t a bad place to do it. We’ll take this extended stay opportunity to post some more pictures. -Rich
That’s it for the pictures for a while as we’re leaving tomorrow morning to sail about 40 miles to an atoll called Toau. We’re not likely to have internet access where we can post pictures until we get to Rangiroa in a week or two. We’ll keep you up to date though via our HAM radio email which we can use to post text messages here.
There isn’t even a town at the south end of Fakarava yet we managed to go out for pizza. Fish pizza no less cooked in a wood fired oven and hand made. A wonderful man named Manihi invites all the cruisers to his house a few times a week and cooks for everyone.
This is his house with the open air, covered dining room. The only way to get there is by boat.
On the night we went, he had about twelve cruisers over. The company was great.
At an hour or two old, the fish on this pizza couldn’t have been much fresher.
After dinner, the fish scraps go in the water for the other guests – black tipped reef sharks. These were about three feet from the dining table. -Rich
People come from all over the world to dive with the sharks in the south pass (the cut through the atoll where you can enter the huge lagoon). You ride the incoming tide and drift over coral, fish and lots of sharks. Our pictures of the sharks are a little lacking as these are screen shots of videos we took. For some reason, we were a little preoccupied with the sharks and forgot to take some still pictures. I can’t imagine why?
Those aren’t coi. Those are about five foot long black tip reef sharks. There were often thirty to fifty in view at a time.
While Cyndi didn’t panic, she was noticeably happier when the sharks weren’t around (which was seldom here).
We are calling this the Charlie’s Charts anchorage because it is the one that a very popular cruising guide book talks about. It’s a very beautiful bay – not as breathtaking as the west anchorage, but there’s a lot to do as you’ll see in some of the next posts.
Sunrises are beautiful here. I never thought I’d enjoy being up early this much!
And so you’ll get a lot of sunrise pictures…
And one of these days, we’ll try to get you a sunset picture or two as well.
We really loved this anchorage. We had so many pictures we wanted to share and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to edit it down to a reasonable number, so they are in the gallery below. You can click on any image and see a larger version.
We had our own private motus here (a motu is a little island) with crystal-clear lagoons to swim in. Cyndi said that two places so far on this trip have taken her breath away. Bay of Virgins in Fatu Hiva and now this.