After leaving Niue we headed over to the Ha’apai group in Tonga. It was only a couple of day sail, and seemed pretty uneventful, although when we got to Ha’apai we found out that we no longer have a skeg on the starboard hull. No idea what happened, it is simply gone. Fortunately it is built with a “tear-away” design, so we’re all safe and sound, but we’ll have to haul out sooner rather than later and fabricate a new one.
We spent about a week in Ha’apai and really enjoyed it. There were places with 2 or 3 other boats in the same anchorage and places where we were alone, but nothing ever too crowded. We really enjoyed Uoleva island, its six mile white sand beach, and the Driftwood Art Gallery. And then there were whales everywhere. The humpbacks are around while it is too cold down in Antarctica. Pretty much can’t go anywhere on the water without seeing some whales.