Our last stop before returning to Tahiti is Vaiare Bay. This is a new anchorage for Sugar Shack and one that we are eager to explore. There are technically two anchorages in this large bay. The north anchorage which is near the Sofitel Hotel and the south anchorage which is also called the sand flats. We decided to stay near the hotel with the hopes of having another luxurious beach day with cocktails.
We pulled up to one of the two dinghy docks and I jumped out to ask permission. In my broken French, I asked if we could purchase drinks and take them to the beach. The bartender was more than friendly and said, yes, yes! So, I gathered the troops and we headed for a shady spot on the beach. We were stopped half way down the beach by a hotel employee who very firmly told us that the beach and all of its facilities were reserved for guests only. Well, it wasn’t like we were going to plop down on their lounge chairs and use their very cool outdoor rain showers. Shesh!
We walk all the way to the public beach which was full of rocks and coral. But still privy to the gorgeous turquoise waters. We play a wee bit of volleyball, take some short walks, and play in the water. Since we had hoped to buy drinks we did not bring anything to drink or snack on so it was time to mosey back to the bar.
This is a beautiful hotel! The Sofitel does not disappoint as a 4-5 star resort.
We situate ourselves on the upper deck and enjoy the cool breeze and beautiful view of the bay.
Over the water huts. Isn’t this the same thing as living on Sugar Shack?
Once we get back to the boat, the boys take the SUP out to the reef. Cameron explores the amazingly healthy sea life just past the break and drags Cole out with him.
Return to Tahiti
The next day is a slow motor back to Tahiti. It was a little rough for our guests. They did well by holding on to the boat at all times.
It is always hard to say so long – especially if you know you won’t see them for 9-12 months. So, I won’t bore you with the sad details. We head to Casa Bianca for some cocktails and my beloved family heads back to the States.
In our last blog with the Konis family we visited an underwater tiki garden, juice factory, and introduced them to our cruiser friends.
Events from this blog post occurred during the first week of August, 2021. Our blog posts run 10-12 weeks behind our adventures.