We saw a weather window that would allow us to travel the short distance from Moorea to Huahine. Unfortunately, it had to be a night sail so that we could ensure a daylight arrival to clear the pass. There are a few well-protected bays on this island that will allow us to hide from the maramu (A “maramu” is strong southerly winds in the south Pacific that occur in the winter).
So, after our wonderful SafarI Mario tour, we prepared the boat for an overnight sail. We had considered fueling up in Moorea, but the dock was small, the weather was not perfect, and frankly we didn’t “need” to fuel. Skip that for now and wait until we get to Raitea.
It was not a particularly bad sail, but it was not a good one either. We anticipated bad weather and high winds with the Maramu, but in actuality we saw on average low to moderate winds. There was a period of 3-4 hours with high winds at 25 knots, but for the most part we saw 10-15 knots which kept our boat average down to 5.1 knots.
We had following seas which pushed us along but made for a weird rocking of the boat. It was if Mother Nature was taunting “you can run, but you can’t hide.” I was not feeling great and was happy to let Matt take the brunt of the shift. We arrived with plenty of day light and with two boats on our tail. Kata and Krabta followed us from Moorea but were about 4-5 miles behind us the entire time.
- Departed Moorea to Huahine on Sunday 30 June at 1600
- Arrived Huahine Monday, 1 July at 0930
- Miles Traveled 85.3nm
- Max speed 12.8kt
- Average speed 5.1kt
- Leaving in the lull of the maramu had us over prepared. We only flew the jib and kept one engine on at idle. At one point in the night we saw 25kts of wind and with the following seas it gave us a max speed at 12.8.
It was blowing stink as we pulled into one of the many passes. Once inside, we had a choice of turning right and anchoring in a relatively empty bay with just a few other boats or anchoring in front of Fare, the main village. We decided to anchor near the main village for a few days, then move to a quieter more remote location.
Once we were comfortable with our anchorage we went to shore to explore. We were all surprised by how geared the island was toward tourists. There were several areas outfitted with small vendor booths selling touristy items (shirts, shells, jams, pearls, etc…). We decided to grab a bite to eat at the Huahine Yacht Club. We didn’t linger as we wanted to return to the boat and hide from the storm.