|Beautiful Vaka Eitu in Vava'u, Tonga|
Okay, okay....I know I'm WAAAAAY behind where we actually are (since it's January as I write this and we arrived in Vava'u way back in September) but I figure some things are better late than never and writing about Vava'u definitely qualifies as one of those......
|Where are we again?|
Our first stop in Vava'u was Neiafu - the largest town in all of Vava'u and THE place to be if you are cruising. It's where you catch up with all the people you haven't seen in weeks (or months), have a nice dinner out, take care of those pesky little boat projects and just enjoy being on a mooring ball for a change.
|Some of the best watermelon and pineapple EVER!|
|The Utakalongalu Market in Neiafu, Tonga|
|Petiola selling her beautiful baskets boat to boat!|
|Neiafu Harbor from Mt. Talau|
|The calf slapping it's dorsal fin with mom nearby.|
|A great visit with Heidi & Byron!|
|The official Vava'u Hylas Rendezvous - from the left, |
Peter, Gene, Brett, Stacey, Paul and Kate!
Shortly after arriving we rented a car with our good friends on S/V Anniara and did a tour of the island. Our tour included many stops, but one of my favorites was the lovely Mt. Talau - which gave us some incredible views of the Vava'u group. It also exposed us to some really yucky spiders - which kind of freaked me out. I am NOT a spider fan and these guys were HUGE! This one looks like it even has a face - can you say nightmares???? Ick!
There are a lot of supposedly paved roads that are not actually paved, so the tour was a bit of an adventure - but we still managed to enjoy ourselves immensely and also successfully searched for and found a geocach (a major hobby of Goran's), even though it has been slightly repositioned. For those of you that don't know about Geocaching - it is a really cool hobby that is sort of like hunting for treasure. It takes you to places you've never been in search for hidden objects. Our friend Goran has made this part of their cruising adventure and we may just be getting the bug too...
|On the edge of the world - beautiful Vavu'a|