We left Moorea at 5pm two days ago for the 85 mile overnight passage to the island of Huanine. We chose that time so we would be sure to arrive during daylight hours. It was a lousy passage. First there were big waves and no wind, so we were bounced around a lot. Then the wind came up, but from the wrong direction. Finally, about 2am the wind shifted to the east, and we had three hours of good sailing. As we approached Huahine the swells were very big. The island is completely encircled by a coral reef (except for four passes), and the sight of the ocean breaking on the reef was truly spectacular. It is amazing how the reef can withstand that constant pounding. Our original plan was to enter the lagoon through a pass on the east side of Huahine, but with the big swells, we opted for the safer pass on the leeward west side. Inside the water changes from the deep blue of the ocean to the familiar turquoise of the lagoon, as the surf pounds the reef into a white sand bottom. We followed the lagoon for about 6 miles along a well marked channel to a very pretty anchorage called Avae Bay at the south end of the island.
Today it rained really hard all day. Although we missed the usual sunshine, we put up our rain catcher awning and filled the water tanks with over 30 gallons. Actually it was kind of nice to do nothing all day. Tomorrow we will take the dinghy to shore and have a look around. There is no internet availability where we are, so this post is being sent by HF radio.