Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Mon Sep 26 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
18 39.471s 173 58.933w

We spent yesterday swimming and snorkeling at the coral gardens which are on the edge of the lagoon. John found a water leak in the engine so spent the evening working head down in that, with Penny the official water bailing assistant! Today we returned to Neiafu and had a birthday dinner at the Basque tavern - great night with tapas & food a plenty!


Enjoying yummy food with Paula & John
Enjoying yummy food with Paula & John
Celebrating Penny's birthday
Celebrating Penny's birthday
Sat Sep 24 21:48 2016 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
18 43.263s 174 05.326w

Have had a great couple of days swimming and snorkeling at Hunga. We were visited by Vaha in his boat from the local village as he had some pearls to sell. We also swopped some food for vanilla pods! At high tide we sailed out the gap and on to Vakaeitu island (part of Nuapapu island lagoon). We were invited to a feast on the beach in the evening by the locals. As today is Penny's birthday it is a good way to end the day!


Vaha & our friend Paula trading
Vaha & our friend Paula trading
Birthday drinks
Birthday drinks
Feast &  entertainment on the beach
Feast & entertainment on the beach
Thu Sep 22 21:48 2016 NZST
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)
18 41.942s 174 08.162w

We sailed into Hunga island lagoon today. It is only a small gap to get into and has a rock in the middle so best done at high tide! At low tide we dinghyed over to Blue Lagoon through another gap! There we found some amazing fish. What a fantastic peaceful anchorage Hunga island is!


Hunga island lagoon
Hunga island lagoon
Cave at Blue Lagoon
Cave at Blue Lagoon
Blue lagoon starfish
Blue lagoon starfish
Mon Sep 19 16:53 2016 NZST
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
18 39.615s 173 58.932w

Back in Neiafu to pick up supplies and we were all taken on a tour of the main island of Vava'u with Pastor Havilli and his wonderful family and their American friends. We went on the back of the church truck as it is diesel and petrol is in short supply. We saw some fantastic places & ended with a picnic at a lovely beach!


Our transport!
Our transport!
One of the amazing views
One of the amazing views
Our Picnic
Our Picnic
Fri Sep 16 19:55 2016 NZST
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
18 42.041s 174 01.820w

Here we are at Port Maurelle again, after arriving last night. It took us about an hour from Neiafu Harbour. What a fantastic day we've had today snorkeling (reminded us of a tropical aquarium) and walking on the beach and the island!


View from the boat
View from the boat
On the beach
On the beach
Sunset tonight
Sunset tonight

Just like bays at Waiheke Raining all day here but quite warm..NE wind.
Thu Sep 15 10:46 2016 NZST
Run: 184.4nm (333.8km)
18 39.87s 173 58.95w

Here we are at Neiafu Harbour in Vava'u after sailing up last Saturday and Sunday from Nuku'alofa. It took 30 hours as wind was light to start but later had gusts over 20 knots. We anchored at Port Maurelle for the night to catch up on sleep, and are now at Neiafu. Our friends Paula & John from the UK sailed with us and we look forward to exploring the islands here!


Looking over the harbour
Looking over the harbour

So good to have the tracking working. Looks like you are having a great time.
Sat Aug 27 12:00 2016 NZST
21 05.359s 175 09.951w

Went across to Fala island from Nuku'alofa for the day with Shirley and Bill - friends we met that were running the Mango Tree centre (for disabled folk) for 6 months. What a beautiful island and a wonderful resort there.


Lunch at Fafa
Lunch at Fafa
With our friends
With our friends
Beautiful beach & great snorkelling
Beautiful beach & great snorkelling
Wed Jul 6 13:25 2016 NZST
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