We found a true paradise on the northern tip just off of Totegegie. A consistent, soft, cool breeze, crystal clear blue waters, abundant fish, and deserted islands. But it was time to leave. Matt and I needed to position the boat for a “jump off” point to Hao which meant we had to leave. We could have gone to a number of bays, but we decided to go to a very isolated bay called Baie Onemea located on the western side of Taravai.
Lucky for us, this was a bay that everyone wanted to see so our friends on Agape and Halcyon followed us over. It was an easy journey as we followed our old tracks from Totegegie to Mangareva. From there, we followed the Navionics chart and tracks from a boat called Pitufa which were remarkably accurate.
A beautiful manta ray swam by Sugar Shack as if to say “come, I’ll lead the way.” I wish the photos came out better.
Baie Onemea Anchorage
This is an exquisite bay! It has two beautiful beaches with golden and reddish sand, a shallow reef with ample fish to entertain the curious human, and lush, green hillsides.
We spent several lazy days exploring what Mother Nature created here in Baie Onemea. Lots of snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, coconut hunting, and boat yoga.
One day, Matt, Wilky, and I took our dinghy to the other side of the island to find Valerie and Herve. We had hoped to get some fresh fruits and veggies for our upcoming passage. However, they were not on island so we visited Marcel whose house sits down island.
We were able to procure 24 pomplemouse, a dozen oranges, a stalk of bananas, and two handfuls of lemons. Not a bad score. I found this beautiful, out of commission glass buoy (mooring). They used to wrap them with line and use them to mark traps and pearl farms. They’ve resorted to plastic now which is unfortunate.
On The way back, we passed by Agakauitai which is guarded by a giant gorrilla MOAI. It is said that he also guards the remains of several kings. As you can see from the photos below, the coral reef is very shallow but it creates a breathtaking view from the dinghy.
Such a magical place. It made it all the much sweeter sharing it with good friends.
Sugar Shack “See you Soon” Party
Parting is always difficult, but we are positive we will see our friends on Agape and Halcyon in a few months. Whether it be in the Society or Tuamotu islands we don’t know. I look forward to that day!
We had our “see you soon” dinner on Sugar Shack where John and Rachel captured some fun photos. Top: me, Becca, Rianna (Rachel’s sister who was visiting, and Rachel. Middle right: Josh, Rachel, Wilky, Rianna. Bottom right: Andrew, Becca, John.
The boys (Josh and Wilky) being silly