|Some guys go bare-chested rain or shine|
|A gaff-rigged schooner sailing into Tapana|
|This guy told us he really needed rain for his gardens...his wish was granted several days later|
In the past 10 days we’ve missed jumping through a couple of “weather windows” for one reason of another. We’ll leave Tonga for NZ when the next window opens, all things being equal. We’re ready now. There’s not much time between systems at this time of year.
|All these boats are now in Neifu harbour, waiting out the trough|
|Tombs in the coral on the windward side of Tapana anchorage|
|Anchored in Port Maurelle, an uninhabited bay on the island of Kapa|
|Swallow's Cave, on the tip of Kapa (and below)|
|Much of the graffiti in the cave is old - whalers from Norway etc|
|It's snorkelling time...|
|It's the colour of bliss|
Enki is back on a mooring in Neiafu harbour, opposite a phone tower, which doesn't guarantee connectivity but we'll use what we can when we we can get it, and put that in the mix with MetBob's advice and GH Radio's daily feed to determine the best time to set off. Hanging out in Neiafu isn't a hardship, but one day soon we'll slip that mooring and head south to NZ. We've run out of time to go to the Haapai group, and though you should never say never, this may be our last ocean passage on our beautiful boat.
|Hanging out in Neiafu....(and below)|