After months of sailing in idyllic and isolated Pacific atolls it is quite nice to be back in civilisation, albeit low key and not very busy as the borders to French Polynesia are still shut. But to find a) restaurants and b) they are open is rather exciting.
We’ve discovered the delights of happy hour in the yacht club in Fare and also in a lovely hotel in the south of the island in the gorgeous bay of Avea. A couple of great treats out.
Whilst eating in a tiny street market in Fare the next table started playing their musical instruments and Felix soon found himself an impromptu band member playing percussion with two spoons in the top of a beer bottle. Ingenious and even better they all sounded great. Such welcoming and friendly people.
We’ve made lovely friends with s/v September and together explored the local marae whilst hiking and seeing how they make ‘parae’ the locally painted sarongs.
Amelie also gave us a wonderful harp performance and taught the boys to play chopsticks on her travel harp. A great music lesson between her teaching them to play Risk and Catan and hours of fun playing board games.
The Avea bay is gorgeous with striking turquoise water, white sand beaches and a floating house in the middle. An ideal peaceful anchorage and a lovely place to spend Easter.