We are so blessed that our good friend Wayne comes to visit so often. He has visited us four times in French Polynesia, but this is his first time in Gambier. We plan to show him all of our favorite places!
One of the supply ships arrived the day before Wayne. We had hoped it would be the Taporo VIII but it was the Taporo VI (the VIII was being repaired). The unfortunate thing for us was that it did not have our fuel order (diesel or gasoline) and it did not bring very much fresh produce. We have not seen a supply ship in over a month so fresh goods are super slim which is unfortunate. Oh well, the next ship comes in 3 weeks.
The next day, we headed to Totegegie which is where the airport is located. We anchored right by the airport and picked up Wayne with his loads of goodies for us.
Poor Wayne had a huge supply of goodies to haul to French Polynesia. We had several key elements fail on Sugar Shack that needed new parts (washing machine, watermaker, windlass) and he brought an array of other boat paraphernalia. It filled 1.5 suitcases!!! Thanx Wayne!
Totegegie (airport and false pass)
We stayed one night at the airport anchorage and enjoyed the solitude of this pretty spot. We walked around to the windward side of the island, up along side the airport runway, and back over the leeward side of the island. Many beautiful sunsets over Mangareva.
We took Wayne to the furthest North motu called Puamu. This is one of our favorite spots because very few boats make it this far north. The motu is privately owned and the locals only come out on holiday weekends. So, we usually have this slice of paradise to ourselves. We anchor in 2 meters of water and enjoy snorkeling and walking around the motu.
We had a beautiful downwind run from the east side of Gambier to the west side. We put up the parasail and enjoyed a leisurely sail.
Wayne arrived just in time to enjoy an authentic Sunday Funday BBQ. This day is extra special as we celebrate Alan who is leaving to join the French military. 22 boats and over 65 people come to wish him well. Photo is only of the small group of people we know well 🙂
Tauna is a really small motu on Gambier’s outer reef. The motu itself is a bird refuge and has become the home of many species and their nests. The long sandy spits make it a perfect launching pad for kite surfers. We tend to come here on calm days so that it is less crowded.
Perfect sunset shots looking back into the lagoon.
We spend a few days at the little island called Akamaru (also known as Remy’s Island). The waters are simply gorgeous, clear, and turquoise. We spend several hours just hanging out in the water.
We take Sweetie out to explore the reefs and shallow bommies. All three of these photos were taken from the dinghy – that’s how clear the water is.
The village of Akamaru consists of a church and maybe 8 or 9 houses. It is very isolated and remote. The people who live here grow lots of fruits and vegetables as well as vanilla.
And then there are the spectacular sunsets. This top photo is one of my favorites
Big birthday celebrations in our last blog. Events from this blog post occurred beginning of February. Stay tuned for part II of Gambier Showcase with Wayne – coming up next! Our blog posts run 10-12 weeks behind our adventures.