Marina Taina has been our neighborhood for the past month. We have stayed longer than planned, but have thoroughly enjoyed every day. Projects have been completed, “old” cruising friends re-connected, and new friends made.
The neighborhood is fairly diverse. Here are a few of the other boats in the marina. [Click on a photo to see the slides full size and read captions. Press “Esc” to return to blog]
There are two restaurants: La Casa Bianca and the Pink Coconut. We have only been to La Casa Bianca, mostly because it is so convenient, right at the head of our section of docks. It’s quite good with European and Tahitian fare. We indulged in fresh salads as soon as we got here. But, being a proper restaurant and bar, it’s a bit more $$$ than Cafe Tematapuaua in Taiohae so we didn’t hang out there as much. The Harley club meets there every Wednesday. This was a light showing, maybe because the next day was Bastille Day, a national holiday here as well as in France proper. I loved the juxtaposition of custom Harley’s and scooters. Scooters are a primary means of transportation here.
Early this week I helped this boat tie up at the end our our dock.
Seeing Free Lady made me realize the we already are part of the 1%. The 1% of cruising sailboats that are small, have only hank-on sails, manual windlasses, no refrigeration, and no pressure water system aboard.