After a frenzy of fun in Moorea we headed to the next island of Huahine in the Society island chain in French Polynesia. We started to see a ton of charter boats, lots of catamarans and mega yachts…this theme was all over Huahine through Bora Bora.
We had an overnight sail and we anchored in the town Fare, Huahine. We stayed there a night or two and then headed to the bay of Avae, at the southern part of the island for another 5 days. SV Te Poe Rava, Kristy and Dan who are licensed dive instructors, agreed to certify a group of us at Avae Bay on July 2nd. We all headed there to get “skooled” (as Trevor would say!)
Dive Classes- I am already certified so I did a lot of laundry and organization on the boat while the classes were in session. Those of us who were already certified joined the class to take some photos….. we tried to stay out of the way…I hope Kristy and Dan weren’t too irritated with me : )
Fourth of July and fun times with friends!!!! – We of course had to have dinners on Slow Flight and on land to check out the local cuisine. We shot off old flares but were abruptly stopped by a boat thinking we were in distress….oh well…at least people will respond to these signals…even with beers in our hands : )
Bike ride- We were so busy with the scuba stuff that we didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy all the island as we hoped so we rented bikes to go around Huahine (not Huahine iti). Mind you I do not bike well and Trevor was sweet enough to pay extra for an electric bike for me (sorry dad…all those bike lessons didn’t pay off for me).
Heiva- In Tahitian, the word Heiva (hei meaning to assemble, and va meaning community places) refers to activities, pastimes, physical exercise, and festivals. Music, dancing, singing and sporting events have always held an important place in Polynesian communities. We were lucky enough to pass by the Heiva site on Huahine on our bike ride and learned that night there was the final dance competition so we had to go! I took Hawaiian dancing lessons when I was younger and this brought me back to so many memories…unfortunately I can’t move like that anymore but the performances were beautiful.