we’ve been here a week and now we have a good weather window. we just came back from the east side of the island hoping to find a
nice snorkeling spot, but unfortunately it was a dead zone. perhaps the coral was destroyed when cyclone oli hit several years back when the island got quite a bit of damage. what we did see were miles and miles of thatched huts extending along the motus where BIG HOTEL has crept in. lots of jet skies and power boats crammed with tourists being wisked around. that’s bora bora. another thing is something i’ve noticed on all the polynesian islands we’ve visited so far – they bury their dead in decorated plots in the front yard.
next stop suwarrow in the cooks islands. we’ll have about 5 days of downwind sailing (we hope) with mild seas.