This morning we left Taiohae and are now underway bound for Anaho Bay on
Nuku Hiva's Northeast coast. First, I went into town to check out at the
Gendarmerie, then we hauled the dinghy up on the foredeck and struck the
cockpit awning. The stern anchor was a bit of a chore and the rode (rope)
was considerably more slimy then when it was deployed nine days ago. In
total exhaustion then we motored out of Taiohae Bay at about 11am local
After rounding the East Sentinel we immediately had a strike on the line.
Many other boats have reported excellent luck catching fish at that spot
so we made sure the line was ready on the way out of the bay.
Unfortunately it was (yet another) Skipjack. We threw it back. Mostly
people catch Yellowfin there (aka Ahe Tuna) but at least one boat reported
catching a MahiMahi which are supposedly not plentiful in these waters as
compared to tuna. We are once again trolling and still hope to catch a
good one before arriving at our destination.
It is now 21:00UT and we are motoring East making 6.5k over ground in
bright sunshine and relatively calm seas. The swell is only about 3ft and
the wind is about 8k from the East. In another 3 miles we will round Cape
Tikapo (aka Cape Martin) and head NE along the islands East coast. The
distance to Anaho Bay is about 24nm from Taiohae and we expect to arrive
there in about 3 more hours motoring.
At 2pm we arrived at Anaho Bay and anchored in about 45ft of water, a bit
deep but not a problem of course. Next to us are Attitude, the English
boat with Hanna (9) and William (12) aboard, and their parents too of
course. Behind us is Pez Vela and about 6 other boats. The bay is huge and
beautiful with several beaches separate by mini-headlands. A huge mountain
looms over the bay to the South adding to the drama of the location. We
will probably remain here until Sunday morning and then take our leave of
Nuku Hiva for the Tuomotus.