Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mooring B10, Marina Taina, Papeete, Tahiti

Moorea from Tahiti at sunset
Tortuguita's home for a month
Leaving Moorea, the winds were right in our face at 15 knots.  Motoring was slow going so we put up the sails and punched through some big uncomfortable seas for an hour until we could tack and head for the west side of Tahiti.  As expected, the wind died once we got close to the island.  The plan was to go in the west side pass by Tahina but when we got close, we could see big waves breaking across the entire coast.  With discretion being the better part of valor, and not wanting to risk the remnants of the swells that had been setting up for days prior, we headed to the main entrance of Papeete Harbor and took the tour inside the reef, past the airport, to the west side.

We are moored in front of the marina, doing some deferred maintenance, and preparing Tortuguita to stay while we go home for a few weeks.

We really like Tahiti.  The prices are expensive but better than we have seen so far in French Polynesia.  There are restaurants, bars, stores, and civilization.  We are looking forward to doing a lot more exploring when we get back. 

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