We started day hopping to different anchorages, often accompanied by other cruisers, sort of like a wagon train on water. Saw a great conveyor-belt of coral and fish in the shallow waters. There are so many islands around Neiafu they’re numbered and often that’s how we refer to them. We visited #7 (Maurelle), #12 (Tapana south), #11 (Tapana), and #16 (Vaka’eitu).
On deck this morning I saw a huge rainbow off our stern, followed by a fine mist engulfing us and the anchorage. Soon a heavy downpour, strong winds 17-22 knots, then clear skies. We tried to snorkel yesterday but it was too late after high tide and we couldn’t make it across the reef. Crickets begin singing at 6:45pm sharp and bats start flying between the trees. We’re enjoying getting to know the folks on Yolo and just watching nature do its thing.