We were up at 7am and I was still not feeling the best. We had thoughts of hiring a car from the resort located here (Relais Mahana) but didn't think it would be a good idea until I felt better. We went for a walk into the resort and dropped off our rubbish and continued walking past the little thatched roofs of the huts on the beach & tropical gardens. The restaurant looked nice too. We walked down the road almost to the point and cut through to walk back along the beach.
Such a pretty bay – we certainly could stop here longer if we had the time. Back to the boat and we departed for Fare, hoping by tomorrow that I would be OK to hire a car and explore the island. On the way back we waved to a couple of outriggers who motioned for us to go fast in the boat and we went flat chat and they kept us with us and surfed our wake not problems
. Amazing strength these guys and they absolutely love their outrigging. We stopped again at the anchorage we were at the previous day in 10m of water and again had a problem with holding. This time we went for an explore after we had a toasted sandwich for lunch and walked along the pretty beach and then through the interior tracks. We didn't find any remnants of treehouses but we did come across a building in ruins of some sort. Bit of a mozzie haven here, so take the repellent. Continuing on our way to Fare we popped into Bay Haavai which is a little too deep to anchor in. You can anchor to the NW of Point Ofaioro – just on the other side of the channel in 3-5m water but it was little far away from the town to dinghy in and leave the boat for the day, so we decided to head just slightly to the west of the town of Fare and drop anchor here near the port mark entrance of Pass Avamoa. We anchored in 12m of water amongst 2 other boats and laid out heaps of chain. We were pretty close to the channel but we held well - although there was not a lot of room for a 4th boat to slip in. After waiting for a while to make sure the boat was settled, we took the dinghy in to shore and tied up at the little jetty which is right in front of New Te Marara – a restaurant and bar on the waterfront which has a good reputation. We took a stroll down the main strip which is pretty small and checked out Fare Maeva which hires cars – but was closed as it was past 3pm. We checked out the supermarket which was just amazing & way better than those offered in Uturoa
. Much more choice & really big. Should’ve done all our shopping here. We bought some more water, soda water, coke & bread (in the form of a bread stick, which are really yummy) and sauntered back to the New Te Marara where Dale had a nice cold beer. Back to the boat, we watched the locals at play on the beach, swimming, dinghy sailing and the outriggers out training. Lots of outdoor activity and everyone having fun in the outdoors. I was progressively feeling better, so we cooked up our fish for dinner in soy & garlic (not sure what it was but similar to Mahi Mahi) and threw together a fresh salad of lettuce, spring onion, capsicum, tomato, cucumber & some cabbage. At least I managed to eat a good half of it and the fish was nice and meaty. Played Uno – Dale thrashed me for a change. A warm and humid night – we lay on the tramps for awhile to star gaze in the clear night sky - but got eaten alive by mosquitos – so it was time for bed. A nice breeze was coming through the windows of the cabin, so it was a good sleep.