|Made it - Makemo|
And what a wonderful place it is – a big lagoon surrounded by a coral reef. The coral reef is actually lots of small islands (motus).
The village of Pouheva is much bigger than we expected with stores, a restaurant, post office, and it is just a short walk away. Plus, the wharf – a free place to stay!
|Land ho - Makemo|
Our first view of Makemo – just like a postcard. The lighthouse, white beaches, and the beautiful water - an amazing site for cruisers who have been at sea for days.
|Dennis and Carol enjoying the "aquarium"|
The water around our boat is just like an aquarium – clear, colorful, warm water filled with lots of fish. And lots and lots of coral!
|Relaxing in Makemo|
As you can see, we settled right in. There is only room for 6 boats at the dock and we quickly met everyone. We had a very nice greeting and thoroughly enjoyed the free fish and bread that we received on our arrival.
Most of the boats docked beside us are loaded with kids, which attracts all of the local kids. They are having a great time – as you can see. Plus, all of the cruisers are very generous with our goodies – fruits, candies, and tours of the boats. The dock is a great place to hang out!
|Calou passing us and Ua Pou Island|
We have been doing some exploring, plus working on a view projects. We are waiting for a slow-moving weather system to pass us. But, we don’t mind – Makemo is a very nice place to be stuck!
|My view from Moondance|
Tonight is movie night (with a dinner) at the local community center – can’t miss that.
Hopefully, Monday we will be able to move on. Our destination: one of the anchorages in the lagoon. We want to explore the beaches and do some snorkeling and fishing.
So we aren’t going very far, but are expecting wonderful things!
|Dennis - Star fruit bounty|
Below are some of the photos from our hike up to the Vaipo waterfall – an amazing place!
|Resting after the hike|
|Doug enjoying the waterfall|
|Tiki along the path|
|Carol - hiking to the waterfall|