We arrived today after another fast and rough passage in Niue. Niue is our first ‘Makatea’, a raised atoll–a flat coral plateau surrounded by cliffs. On our trip over the Pacific we sailed by other Makateas several times, but never stopped: Henderson Island close to Pitcairn, Makatea NE of Tahiti (This one gives it’s name to raised atolls), Rurutu in the Austral Islands, Mangaia, Atiu, Mitiaro, und Mauke in the Southern Cook Islands. The bottom drops steeply all around the coast, so anchoring may be difficult, but fortunately the Niue yachtclub has set out buoys, so we’ll stay and explore a while!

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