Irie all by herself in the southern bay, with Mangareva visible in the cut.
Having a picnic with Birgit and Christian (SV Pitufa) in Onemea Bay, a cold and wet dinghy ride away. Based on the tropical looking location, you won't expect us to wear wetsuits or foul weather gear to stay warm!
Tasty spread for our picnic, with the last baguettes from Rikitea.
Navigating Onemea Bay (and other ones) by dinghy to go around all the shallow coral heads involves standing up and pointing out dark spots
Picturesque island in the southeast corner of Taravai; the dark spots in the foreground are reefs
Historic church in Taravai village, built by the Belgian infamous priest Laval
Walking through the well-manicured environs of Taravai "village"
View from Hervé's property in Taravai village
Hervé and his son Alain, near the church
Pigs and chickens on the property of the only house on the island in Taravai's southeast corner
This pig reminded us of a dog. She was very friendly, curious and loved her belly rubs!
Bush wacking to the top of the SE island of Taravai; this was the first point we got stuck
After an hour or so, we reached the top with this view from a patch of pine trees.
On the way back, it was easier, because we could follow the trail we made before. Here, it turned into a slide down in between the tall and sharp reeds.
Irie and Pitufa in Onemea Bay; we decided to move the big boat here for a bit (photo by Birgit Hackl)
Pitufa in Baie Onemea
Bright and pretty parrot fish while snorkeling in Onemea
One of the colorful coral formations in the Gambier islands (Onemea)