After our successful rudder project (we’ll do the other one another time), Mark and I lifted both of our anchors and moved Irie back to our original anchoring spot off Aukena. Within a half hour of settling in the tight sandy spot and clear water, we went to shore to meet Antonio. Mark was serious about his work commitment, indeed! We borrowed a rake and a machete (cou cou in Mangarevan) and Antonio showed us the correct location and direction of the overgrown trail to the point. After he brought us a couple of papayas, a knife and a big bottle of rainwater to sustain ourselves, we rolled up our sleeves, put utility gloves on and started the task of clearing and cleaning up the path.
Mark taking a quick dip after the sweaty trail blazing
My personal coral garden along Aukena's south coast
Interesting formations and colors
Coral and fish alive!
Smooth golden trunkfish
Long clothes would have been better for this brushy hike up
The island of Akamaru as seen from the top of Aukena
Irie (left) and Pitufa (right) down in the anchorage
Where to store all our freshly obtained fruit and how to eat it all?