Although rather a while ago now, my amazing and brilliant Dad managed to fix the gearbox so no replacement was needed. What a relief after all that phoning around and trying to sort logistics and this and that – plus sourcing a new gearbox was not going to be an easy or quick task out here!
After a quick sail from Tahiti to Moorea (a few whale sightings enroute) we were just in time to meet my brother Charlie, Bianca and the children. They stayed at Sunset Beach on the North West Coast of Moorea. It is perfect for little kids as the sheltered shoreline stays shallow and sandy, surrounded by reef making a natural boundary. This is where we have spent most of the last few weeks with Larka anchored near by. There is lots to do in addition to play on the beach, Charlie went kite surfing and surfing, Bianca, Oli and I went diving, we all went on a 4 x 4 Island tour with Dad’s friend Franky Frank and the list goes on.
Sunset Beach is also very near a spot where there are many black tip sharks and sting rays. The tour boats feed them so when you get there the rays swim right up to you in the hope you have a snack for them. We did not feed them and enjoyed just watching these awesome creatures. I have mixed feelings on the impacts of feeding some wild animals, these included. However this is something that has happened for so long I wonder if the rays would survive if feeding stopped.
It was wonderful spending time with everyone, Freddy and Harry are at such a lovely age. It made Oliver and Liz seem huge and very grown up. However not too grown up that they didn’t spend hours playing with their younger cousins in the sea. It is such a shame they live so far away in Western Aus and that the kids can’t normally spend more time together.
As far as Moorea goes it really is an Island that has it all…. We have been here for nearly three weeks now and there has never been a dull moment.
We found a Motu with a great restaurant ( the best fries on earth!). On one occasion the kids and I ventured over, drawn in by the very loud music and we joined a party with a super good DJ. It was fab sitting on a tiny island with loads of happy strangers partying and having a great time…. it reminded me that I won’t have been to one festival this year!!! Not that I was complaining…… Sat by the sea, feet in water, beer in hand, hanging out with my favourite little people (they did not have beer)in the shade of a coconut tree.
The girls also escaped for a night and went to a nearby hotel for a Polynesian evening. Lots more dancing and some amazing local food, oh and cocktails of course!! Bianca, Mum, Lizzy and I had a great time!!
The two weeks went by super fast and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. I love spending time as a family! Especially in this tropical paradise I am sure the kids will never forget it! We all miss our Aussie family tremendously…… perhaps a visit to Aus will be the next adventure??