A lovely relaxed sail across the 10 miles from Hiva Oa to Tahuata through the Bordelaise Channel. We spied coconut tree fringed beaches – beautiful white sand – very different to the black volcanic sand on the island we had just left. We sauntered along the coast line until we found a bay we could have to ourselves and weighed anchor. The joy of a calm anchorage, clear blue water and the possibility of a swim to the beach to explore. This is what I call a holiday and I resolved to do no jobs and simply enjoy the moment!

Snorkelling was fabulous – so much to see and all so close to the boat. A wander along the empty beach and a lovely lie in the sun listening to my audio book. Heaven. Apéros, large G&T’s and a beautiful sunset … perfect.

We planned to move to Ua Pou Island the next day thinking it was about 40 miles away so a leisurely start … in fact, as we got organised to leave at 9.30am after our fresh mango and banana breakfast, Cap P realised it was 65 miles away and had we left then, we would be arriving in the dark … never a good idea in unknown waters. Obviously, we have got far too relaxed about planning. I was disappointed … a) I had spent more than an hour packing up and getting ready and b) I had got excited about our next destination and realised our visit would now be a really short one. Still … another day in paradise was not such a bad option and having got over myself, I set to work planning the next few destinations (having learnt our lesson), snorkelling and then cleaning the boat hull from the water. I am a bit more than half way round now so some good progress.

We set sail this morning at 4.30am … we will be at Ua Pou early afternoon. So far, a relaxed sail … Ua Pou looks magnificent from 20 miles away as I write.

Ua Pou

~ by Karen on Tuesday, 28 March 2023.

4 Responses to “Tahuata”

  1. It looks beautiful Karen.

    Hope you get some more down days to explore!


  2. It looks and sounds like paradise,you certainly deserve this downtime,enjoy 🥰xx

  3. Wonderful news. Well done on the long journey; no doubt ypu will relish the shorter hops for a while. Hope the gen got sorted. Looks like you found paradise…

  4. Very pleased to hear you’ve had the opportunity to chill out and relax in paradise. Lovely to see the pics.
    We all had a great ski day today, perfect conditions, sun & blue sky. We need more snow! Seytroux looking very green.

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