Pangai to Uoleva Island
the first loading of Her Ladyship was always going to be a challenge as some stuff would have to stay behind -a matter of prioritization – but in the end we managed to fit in the extra luxuries including a collapsible bucket , a tomahawk , a small bottle is whiskey , solar panels for charging the ipad, shovel,and glass beads for trading with the natives. Water is in general short supply so our final purchase before casting off was a case of 12 x 1.5 Litre bottles of water. Do not know what she weighs but we can not lift her and have to load and unload very close to the water and slide her in.
( kidding about the glass beads)
conditions were pleasantly warm with a tail breeze to drive us away from the civilization of Pangai. A wonderful feeling to be finally living the dream and fulfilling an ambition that started when I was only 20 ish. There are species of flying fish that are peculiar to these tropical climes – they look a little like long piper and when they break the surface they skim along for 5 – 10 – 15 meters before disappearing into the crystal clear water.
Uoleva has no Tongan villages but has couple of cheap backpacker camps close to the beach. The weather forecast was for bad weather – high wind and rain – so we elected to take a room on the beach until the weather settles- a little tin shed but onto an amazing beach. Very quiet here , one young French backpacker and us and a very large Tongan lady who is the cook.
forecast proved accurate and today the rains set in – a great day for a book. We sat outside under our little veranda having our breakfast and had the incredible view of a young humpback whale frolicking on the edge of the reef where the deeper water begins . Seemed to be practicing getting air and we know we have closer encounters to come yet – how close we ? – we have an understandable fear of too close. A full day of Australian type rain – steady light and unrelenting but an otherwise uneventful day – happy to in proper cover as opposed to in our little unchristened tent.