Friendly community

Only about 400 people live on Rapa. There is no airport and the supply ship calls only once a month, so the people rely mainly on their own resources and skills. When something needs to be done or fixed, everyone helps out. This generosity is also extended to visiting strangers. So far sailboats are still welcome here, but I suppose a single negative experience might also change the atmosphere here. We just hope that sailors following in our wake will also be respectful of the traditions and won’t take advantage of the generosity the locals show visitors.

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