We continue to show Donald the beauty of the Societies. It was time to leave Huahine and head back to Raiatea.
The great thing about cruising the Societies is that the islands are not very far apart. We had a small weather window and decided to sail back to Raiatea. We still had lots of gusts (up to 35-38kts), but it was our best opportunity. This trip was with the wind and waves so it would be a lot easier than our trip to Huahine.
As we left, we had gusts up to 38kts and then they would die down to 7-8kts. Talk about learning and trimming the sails a lot. It sure was interesting. We ended up completing the passage in 4 hours (as opposed to the 6 hours it took to get us there). We had top speed of 11.5kt when we had a wind gust and surfed down a wave.
Approaching Raiatea – I love how the mountains all wear cloud hats :0
Baie Haio – New Bay for Sugar Shack
We found a new baie to us. Baie Haio is gorgeous and is located on the southern tip of Raiatea. We are surrounded by palm tree shores.
We went exploring on shore and came to the town of Fetuna where there is a church, a small magasin, and a school.
The moon peered out from behind the palm trees making a spectacle of himself.
The next morning Matt broke out the drone and captured more magnificent photos of Sugar Shack. This is certainly my favorite bay in Raiatea and might be one of my favorite bays in the Societies.
Shot towards the motu as the sunrises
Shot towards the pass showcasing the reef and motu.
And the grand poo ba of them all – a shot toward the mountain.
We got up early to head north. It would be an upwind passage so we could not even take out the sail. Just a motor. But it was really pretty. We exited the southern pass (Passe Punaeroa) because the is no navigable passage inside the lagoon in this area. We re-entered the Passe Tetuatiare with the hopes of finding a good anchor spot behind Ilot Horea. However, with easterly winds it dropped us too close to the reef so we decided to move on to plan B.
This image was taken as we were motoring outside the lagoon. Check out the huge waves breaking on the reef between us and the lagoon.
Plan B was to move into Passe Rautoanui and hang a right to see if we could anchor near village Tevaitoa. However, there were no moorings and it was way too deep for us to drop the hook. So, off we go to Plan C.
Plan C: motor up to Baie Apu, Taha’a. It was directly into the wind, so we motored the entire way. We hopped on a mooring and took Donald to the Chompon Pearl Farm.
We started at the bottom of Raiatea (south) near Ile Haio, then exited at the first pink dot (lower left). Plan B was in at the 3rd dot until we moved to Plan C and headed to Taha’a.
New Anchorage – Point Tenape
Donald told us about a cool place to have lunch – Raiatea Lodge. So, we headed south toward a new anchorage across from the lodge. It was a beautiful sail day with just the jib pushing us along at 5-6kts. We passed by 4 different huts on sandy spits. The locals use these for fishing or kit surfing spots.
Raiatea Lodge is a pretty little hotel. They have a long pier and turquoise buildings.
They were kind enough to let us have lunch with them. It was pricey, but tasty.
The next morning, we made French toast and motored closer to the airport where we picked up a mooring ball near Raiatea Carenage. We had a lovely time visiting new spots to Donald, new spots to Sugar Shack, and new spots to both of us. Although we did not get to do an overnight to Mo’orea due to weather, we had a great time.
Click here, if you missed Part I “A Twirl through the Societies.” Events in this post occurred between 2-5 Oct. 2020. Our blog posts run 6-8 weeks behind our adventures.