Ahhhh… The luxury of being in a marina for a few days: shore power, Wi-Fi, unlimited water on tap, access to all the shops and amenities, being able to go for a run in the morning…
We spend the first week in Tahiti anchored near Taine marina. It’s a roley anchorage and after having checked it out by dinghy we decide to move to the marina in the centre of town. We motor the five miles through the channel inside the reef and call port control for authorisation before proceeding past the airstrip. The marina is brand new and has only been open for a few months. We plug into shore power, get the scooters out of the stern locker and off we go exploring the city!
Pape’ete is not a big city by anyone’s standards but there are shops, restaurants, big supermarkets and plenty of city activities. There’s a large park nearby and there are other kid boats on our pontoon. All the kids have scooters and we go and race them in the park. In the evening we have dinner at one of the roulottes near the waterfront. They are small food vans set up every evening and there is plenty to choose from: traditional French food, sushi and sashimi, pizza, barbecue and grill, … You have to bring your own drinks and there are fold out tables and plastic chairs to sit on. It’s a great ambiance with street music and entertainment nearby.
I’m sure we’ll soon yearn for a quite and remote anchorage but for now we are making the most of city living. A few more days are needed to fill up the boat with provisions and diesel before we can head off to Moorea and the other Society islands.
PS – Make sure to check out our newly uploaded videos under the vimeo link and Tyrii’s update on the kids blog!