After a great night sleep, but our body clocks still tuned to our watch schedule, we were both wide awake at dawn. As Elaine did her yoga on the foredeck, our early rise was rewarded with a glorious sunrise that reflected off the glass-like water.
After breakfast we headed for land, if you can call the 1/4 of a mile strip between the Rangiroa lagoon and the Pacific Ocean "land". Regardless, we enjoyed a Polynesian band and dancers as well as a stroll around the village and a walk to the luxurious Hotel Kia Ora, where we enjoyed a morning grande café.
Then it was back to Paw Paw for lunch and a snorkel of the reef just off our stern. By then an afternoon nap was in order, followed by sundowners as we watched the sunset. A perfect end to compliment the glorious start to the day.
Since all the WARC yachts had headed to Fatarava, it was a lovely surprise to have Overseas Express hail us on the VHF radio early this morning en route from Ahe to Rangiroa and to chat to Widago who were in Rangiroa along with Kiwi Beanz, Heido 2.0 and Take Off.
Having got some input from Widago on their transit of the pass, we inched forward to check out the situation for ourselves. At just after 1000 we entered the pass and made our way into the lagoon in flat seas, with 25 Kts of current with us. We couldn't have asked for better conditions and it was nothing compared to the many entries we have made into Oyster Pond, St Martin.
What we discovered, as we anchored off the Kia Ora Hotel, was worth every inch of ocean we have travelled to get here. It is absolutely stunning! It epitomises everything one imagines the South Pacific islands should look like - Crystal clear waters of varying shades of blue, white sandy beaches, sunny b lue skies and hotel rooms over the water on stilts. Can't wait to explore tomorrow.