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Vava'u Tonga - Cruiser Party Central and Fiji

Posted by Tim Henning on October 6, 2009 at 9:01 PM

August 17th we left Niue and arrived in Tonga on August 20th. We arrived just in time for Kathy from Love Song 41st birthday at the Giggling Whale restaurant. On the 22nd we celebrated Elizabeth’s 40th birthday on board HoneyMoon, although her actual birthday was on the 20th. We all had a blast except she made me ware a tiara !! Then 3 or 4 days later we all celebrated Allen from Love Song 50th birthday also at the Giggling Whale and had a crazy night. After a few days of recovery we went island hopping to recover some more. The first night we stayed at a rolly anchorage called the Blue Lagoon, but was nothing exciting. The next anchorage was at Vakaeitu where we went snorkeling with a few other friend boats. Then it was back to Neiafu, Vava’u. By now almost all our friends are in Tonga. HoneyMoon, Julia Max, Thumbs Up, Bravado, Trio, Zen, Follow You Follow Me, Love Song, Wayward Wind, Son Of The Sun, Brick House, Bagheera, Dosia, and Kena. Of course Kena now with only Tone` and Tomas caught a nice yellow fin so we just had to have a sushi get together.. Thursday September 3rd was day one of the First Annual Tonga Regatta. Events included the check-in and a food and craft fair and a Pub Crawl.. We went from pub to pub and that was the night that Carlee found out that her boyfriend was meeting us in Australia. We ended at Tonga Bobs where we all danced our asses off. Friday was a kids fun day and skippers meeting then a friendly sail boat race around the harbor. Saturday the 5th, was the second annual Governor’s Race from Neiafu, Vava’u to Mahina Katoa, where we had the Full Moon party. What an event with light shows including glow stick dancing group. Sunday the 6th was back at Neiafu, Vava’u with a lot of rain and a good day to stay on the boat. Monday the 7th was the “cornhole” tournament and BBQ and that night was a Traditional Tongan Feast. Tuesday the 8th was the last day of the Regatta with a cocktail party and awards ceremony But, most importantly was Aaron’s 40th birthday party at the Giggling Whale (go figure). 50 people were invited and 100 attended. 5 piglets were rotated on a spit over a fire pit. I handed out 20 tiara’s to the ladies, also I gave them a beaded necklace to ware around our wrist to put around Aaron’s neck after we sang the Wayward Wind song to him. Aaron Pierce retired from the NFL (1990’s NY Giant’s tight end). That one took a couple of days to recover from. We spent the next few days island hopping with Carlee spending a few days on board. We went to Sparrow’s Cave where we took our dingy inside, very cool. Then we went snorkeling which was just ok.

On Saturday September 12th we headed for Suva FIJI with our new crew member Carlee onboard. Our trip was Awesome!!!! The first day was a bit rolly but for the next three days everyday we caught four large (and one 50 lbs) size Mahi-Mahi.. YAHH.. The fish freezer was full baby. We arrived in Suva Fiji on the 15th of September. The city was large but it was also and industrial area so the water and air was dirty. On Thursday the 17th Geoff, (carlee’s boyfriend) arrived from San Diego just to surprise Carleee. We had a couple of fun days, went to an awesome fresh fruit and vegetable market. One night we went to a Japanese restaurant and had Shabu Shabu. Last time I had Shabu Shabu was in Japan.. We left Suva on the 21st and stayed that night anchored by a small island where we ran into Peter and Niki from Bagheera. Tuesday the 22nd both boats headed for the Fijian Resort. On the way Geoff caught a small Mahi-Mahi. We got to the resort just in time to watch the second half of Monday Night Football. I was soooo stoked.. On Wednesday the 23rd Tim and I went golfing, that’s right… On the 24th we left the Resort and went to the Musket Cove Marina. On the way I caught a small yellow fin tuna for lunch. The water here is crystal clear and the sun is bright and shinning and I got to wash our clothes in a real laundry matt with 2 washers and dryers… until later.

Categories: Suwarrow, Nuie and Tonga

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