At long last checked into French Polynesia! French Polynesia requires either an agent's guarantee, a bond, or an airplane ticket to check a boat in. Short story, agent didn't like our health insurance, bank could not process two of our credit cards, and we arrived on Good Friday. This morning with a combination of bonds and airplane tickets we finally received our visas.
We planned to leave for Nuka-Hiva as the repair facilities here in Hiva-Oa are just about non-existent. Our only requirement (since we intend to motor so as to not put stress on the rig) was to purchase diesel fuel. They are out! They expect to get some Monday but are not sure what time. It appears we will leave Tuesday as we need a morning departure to arrive in Nuka-Hiva during daylight.
This morning after getting our visas we went to Chez Elaine to celebrate. It is Saturday here - that is the day everything is closed. Alex took us in and fed us breakfast even though he was closed! What a great guy and a great place. It should be #1 on your itinerary if you get to Hiva-Oa.
We spent the early evening last night at Make-Make. There are several local musicians who like to jam and last night Make-Make was the place. Later in the evening Alex stopped over to invite everyone back for the after birthday party for his wife at Chez Elaine. I had already departed for the boat but Mike and Davyd went over and partied well into the night.
Fair winds and following seas :)
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