Well to fill you in on what we are up to. On Tuesday 2nd June we finally upped anchor from our little bay just outside Port Moselle and motored in to clear custom etc. With a little ‘help’ from our new kiwi friends on board “Nutcase” ( Graham and Sandra) parked just outside the Port with us, clearance went very smoothly. Most of our fruit and veges were taken from us - and this we had expected so had run supplies down. We were allowed to keep anything we had cooked!! So potatoes and my kumara were cooked up along with some hard boiled eggs. They let me keep my carrots as well. Then there was our ‘export’ meat, all $300 plus!! The rules have just changed and one is now allowed to bring in meat from NZ and Australia as long as it has the export sticker on it. Thank goodness ours did. “Nutcase” gave us help here! Can’t go into too many details!!
So it was then off into town to find a Bank and look for the spare parts for our loo. Parts of the old town were in about the same state as our loo. The harbour smelt like a sewage pond and their system is not working too well in some of the streets. With jobs done it was back to the boat to sort out our problems which the boys thought they had done but realised another trip was needed for more pipe. Dinner that night was in the local car park at these eatery vans. Cheap and very nice. We did a visit to the supermarket for a few supplies to find most things were more than double the price to home, but we were pre warned about this hence all my years of supplies I have onboard!!
Next morning we only went 14 miles - to the bottom of the mainland where we motored into Baie De Prony, dropped anchor and set of exploring. The sun was out and now things are starting to look more like those glossy brochures depict. Clean clear waters and a few coconut palms among other trees along the shore line. We collected coconuts and walked the reef as it was low tide. We watched a local (Kanak) cleaning octopus which he had just caught on the reef. Then it was back to SHAMAL for our sundowners – hard life!!
Next day we motored around the corner to another beautiful bay and used our new power snorkel for the first time. The coral and fish were lovely but not quite what we had seen in the aquarium. The water temperature was perfect!
So far it is all going well and we are enjoying it all. Well I have gone on for too long as usual so will sign out for this letter. Photos following.
Love to you all
From the Admiral, Captain and our Crew