Back in Rapa Iti (Oparo)

We arrived in Rapa Iti at 9 in the evening yesterday and were glad that we could follow our GPS track from last year through the outlying reef maze into the big bay. This morning the bay was bathed in sunlight with the high, rugged mountains towering in the background–Rapa Iti (or Opara as the locals say) is a spectacular place.
In Rapa you have to make the most of sunny hours, because you never know how long they will last, so we washed all things that got damp and/or salty during the passage at 7 in the morning and had them dried and safely under deck by 11.

The officials came by at 9, not so much to check paperwork (they didn’t even want to see our papers), but for a coffee and a chat. Alain, the policeman, filled us in on news (not so many) and upcoming events (quite a few during the holidays), so we’re sure we’ll have a busy time here.

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