Raiatea - Icelantic X Moorings - French Polynesian Sailing Adventure - Blog Entry #2

MANA:(noun) The power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person Blog entry written by: Alexandria Prain Video edit by : Justin Dersham June 2: Fly from Papatee to Raiatea. We spent the night at The Sunset Beach Motel.

“Sure baby, mañana. It was always mañana. For the next few weeks that was all I heard––mañana a lovely word and one that probably means heaven.”

-Jack Kerouac

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The cool and fresh grottos called our names as we soaked in the last few hours on Tahiti. Located only a few km from our villa and in route to the airport, we wandered through a maze of flowers and fountains and landed at the swimming cave. Happily, we washed the heat of the day off as we dove into the fresh waters and swam about 50 yards into the cave’s eerie depths. The time came to continue our journey and we made our way to the airport. We hopped on a plane from Paptee to Raitea and spent the night at the Sunset Beach Motel. Their bungalows are perfect for a group and each of us enjoyed fresh chilled coconut water from the staff. After a quick transition from the airport with the owner of the Sunset Beach Motel, we headed to the Moorings Marina to introduce ourselves to the our newest member of our crew, the Cameral IV. The Cameral IV is one of The Moorings premier charters. A 46 foot Catamaran featuring all the amenities of a floating 5 star hotel. Famished from the day, we popped into the family owned French Restaurant on the marina and enjoyed an amazing array of fresh gingers, curries and fish. Our appetites satiated and our minds slipping from reality to daydreams of the journey to come, we made our way back to the bungalows to rest and prepare. June 3rd: Provisioning and shopping in Uturoa. Chart briefing and preparing for the journey. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain Zealously we woke and gathered our gear, as we headed to the marina to start loading the boat. After dropping off our backpacks and surf boards, we headed to Uturoa to begin provisioning for the next 14 days. No easy task for a group of 11 skiers, The Moorings helped organize a taxi shuttle service and explained which Supermarkets would deliver our groceries free of charge to the catamaran. Sufficiently stocked for a small isolated island, we piled the carts with fresh vegetables, fruits, French Brie and baguettes, snacks, drinks and more. We hurried back to prepare for our much anticipated 3:00pm chart briefing. Peering out the window during the chart briefing at the distant ridgelines of Bora Bora and Huahine, we each studied the table model of the archipelago. Desperately, we waited to flirt with the sapphire water beyond the protective reef that provide sanctuary to the islands. Violetta, Moorings Tahiti Base Manager, eloquently helped us to finalize the 14 day endeavor. She masterfully helped create a perfectly balanced cocktail of adventure and leisure. Our crew prepared to flow in turquoise waters, explore islands and melt into sunsets that burn with such ferocity; they appear to ignite the universe into flames of burnt orange and violet. From Raiatea to Ta’ha, Ta’ha to Bora Bora, Bora Bora to Huahine, only Mother Nature’s sanctuary sat in the distance coaxing us with the wind in our sails. June 4th: Set sail to the East side of Tahaa. Explore Motu Toahotu and Motu Mahaea. We then explored the town of Haamene and spent the night in Baie Haamene. “Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me as I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams come back to me.” Perched about the bow we set out from Raiatea to the alluring motus of Toahotu and Mahaea on the east side of the island of Ta’haa. A quick motor out from the Moorings home base, we flirted with the wind as we raised the main for our first sail. Engulfed by the brilliant azure waters, we navigated about the coral heads to find our anchor zone for the day excursion. Rejuvenated by the familiar taste of the cool seas, we set out on the dinghies to explore around the uninhabited island. Snorkeling, spear fishing and an attempted surf mission left our crew of adrenaline seeking skiers satiated. As the afternoon light began to soften on our faces, we raised the anchor and made our way to our home for the evening in Baie Haamene. Delicate light surrounds the vibrant green peaks of the island of Tah’haa at sunset. An easy deep anchor set, we were met by a pod of local outriggers racing through the bay, like ancient spirits of the sea coming to meet our crew personally. Dersh, Scotty, Niles and Sam made their way to the sleepy town of Haamene to pick up some last provision items we were unable to find at the Supermarket. They commandeered much coveted eggs, ice, paper towels, fresh fruit and of course, some local fireworks. To start your own adventure go to The Moorings To find shades just like the ones seen in the videos check out Zeal Optics

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