So we arrive in Vava’u group about dawn. Notice we thought we’d arrive Monday but it is Tuesday. International dateline pinched a day from us on the passage. The light is perfect to help us through the reef and into what might be a lagoon, but it’s pretty big. And full of islands. Big swells as it shallows up in the pass through the reef. But no breaking waves. Then we make our way through the islands and reefs. Spotting about 5 whales in different parts of the lagoon. The humpback whales come here seasonally to sing and live their lives. We are on our way to Neiafu town to check in with customs. Which is still not my favorite thing but the agents were very nice.
That done we find a mooring ball near town. Ashore to get some grub and then to visit with some of the neighbors we recognize from earlier ports. Some as far back as Mexico.
We decide to sail out to a cove on the Eastern margin of Vava’u. Wind is good and the day is stunning. We enter the sea to the east and the swell begins to move us. Shortly we get to the pass into the cove. The pass is deepest at high tide. Noon today. We cross with 10 ft min depth. A little tight for STW’s 6’6″ draft. Beautiful spot. Small beach. One of the neighbor cruisers turns 72. We have been running into him off and on since Mexico. He went surfing behind his dinghy. Not acting his age, to his advantage.
We depart the cove at 1pm. High tide again to clear the pass. Excellent sailing up the channel returning to Neiafu town. We stop at a cave at the base of a cliff. Cool snorkeling. Then on to town and pick up a mooring ball in the harbor. Really close to the landing thank you. We are nearly out of propane for the outboard. The butane we have been finding elsewhere works pretty well in the motor but the Tonga butane runs it quite poorly. Attempts at adjusting have not been effective. But searching the storage compartments has turned up a few little green propane cans. They work. But mostly we row. Its good for us!