Friday, June 14, 2019

Veimumuno Cave

Today we walked 3km out of Neiafu to a cave. There is a competition going on between neighborhoods and everyone was in a festive mood.
The ladies like to dress up.
Pigs run wild.
Breadfruit trees are in every back yard.
Love the sign.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

We motored the 2 hours up to the mooring field outside the main center here and took a look at the town. The market had a lot of quite good vegetables and lots of crafts for sale.
St Joseph's cathedral looked a little run down.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Banyan Tree

This Bay that we are anchored in has a giant Banyan tree. It is related to the fig tree and the fruit is small, red and eaten by the local bird life as well as the many bat species here.

We met David, the owner of the island on the beach. He lives here with his wife and we swapped some fish and shirts for some lemons and limes.

We went snorkeling today at the coral gardens just around the corner from where we are anchored. This is the first time I've snorkeled outside of the Caribbean and I was blown away by the diversity of the fish. At one rock I saw a sea slug, a couple of large sea urchins and about 20 varieties of fish. Incredible! No photos because Steve had a slight accident with his GoPro and mine is back in the USA because I never guessed in a million years that I would get the opportunity to sail in the Pacific Islands.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Why come all the way to the Vava'u?

Swallow's Cave

Rain stopped long enough for us to visit a nearby cave in the limestone shoreline. Rest of the day was spent playing cards and word games while outside it was pouring rain. Today we will move on to the other side of Vava'u to some coral gardens before heading into Neiafu the day after.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Waiting out the weather

We went north yesterday to escape some bad weather and fortunately it has moved mostly south of us. We got a little drizzle last night but nothing like the 2 inches of rain predicted for where we were night before last in Vava'u.

Steve has several flags displayed on our flag halyard.
The red flag on our starboard side is the Tongan flag. Convention in every country requires each country's flag to be the highest on the starboard side. The only other situation is when you first enter a country, you must fly a yellow quarantine flag instead of the country flag.
On the port (left) side of the boat is first his New York boat club flag, the two ARC flags and finally the NZ one indicating that I am onboard.
The final flag is the American flag on our stern where a lot of boats like to display the flag of the boat's country of registration.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Port Maurelle

We arrived after 12 hours of brisk sailing and anchored in 70 feet of water.