HBYC RETURNS TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC
The Honey Badgers have completed another fantastic voyage - our second sail around French Polynesia!
We first sailed Tahiti in 2013 with the mindset that it would be a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity. But when the trip was over we thought "why would we only do this just once?!" Thus, the Honey Badgers have been having Tahitian dreams of that "one particular harbor" ever since.
I have to admit - anyone who goes to Tahiti is lucky, anyone who sails there is really lucky. And to go there and sail twice?! - I could die a Happy Honey Badger.
A fair warning to anyone thinking of taking this trip in the future: Visiting Tahiti will ruin any other vacation you can possibly take. Her beauty is unmatched by anywhere else in the world.
When the shark laughs with the dolphin, there is a devilish spirit at play.
- Tahitian Proverb
Everyone flew into Papeete (pronounced: pah-peh-eh-tay), the capital of French Polynesia. Papeete means "water from a basket".
Folks came from California, Ohio, Texas, New York, and Philadelphia.
(Our group of Honey Badgers is spreading out).
From Papeete, we hopped another puddle jumper to Ra'iatea, the home port for the Moorings charter base.
On Friday, March 30th - a handful of us stayed at the Ra'iatea Lodge for a short trip to the charter base in the morning. Dinner that night was a delicious meal at the Lodge.
A stand-up paddle boarder cruises along the gentle protected waters as the majestic
Bora Bora sets a striking backdrop.
Saturday, March 31st
At the charter base we got paperwork, provisions, and check out of the boat taken care of quickly.
When it came time for the chart briefing: we were greeted by a familiar face. Enter: Laurent.
The same giggly, semi-inappropriate, off-the-wall Laurent from 5-years ago. He's a thin, young-ish Tahitian who has perhaps overly-embraced French culture.
When I told Laurant it was nice to see him again, he giggled: "Hee hee, you may remember me, but I don't remember yoooou!"
We did our "boat blessings" with *Rasputin and rum, and then we were on our way! That afternoon - at around 2pm we headed off to our first overnight anchorage: Taha'a.
*(The roll of Rasputin was handled by Kathleen who looked quite natural sporting a strap-on beard).
La Pirogue Api
(Private Island / Resort)
We anchored near a petit private motu where a French couple had built a mini resort: La Pirogue Api..
It only has 3 or 4 rooms for rent: all of which come with an incredible view. If "exclusive" is what you're looking for, then this is it.
We we dinghied up to the dock and met the woman who helps to run the resort. She told us that they would not be able to accommodate us for dinner because the chef simply wasn't prepared to feed all of us.
That said, the host was very friendly and she offered us a lounge area along with cocktails and appetizers - good enough for us!
We'd have a few drinks and apps, and then dinner on the boat. Ben was gracious enough to cook for us while we hung out and checked out the motu. After watching the sun go down, we returned to the boat to a delicious meal cooked up by Chef Rand.