September 11, 2012
Anchorage Position: 16°46.6677'S 153°57.0339'W
Maupihaa, Society Islands, French Polynesia, South Pacific
To put the remoteness of Maupihaa in context consider it's location near the middle of the Pacific Ocean, lack of an airstrip, non-existent communications links to the outside world, only 12 people and a single supply ship every eight months.
Hio took us for a walk across the motu where we skirted the edge of a mile long rookery of thousands of Terns. Amongst the low scrub with a tenuous grip on the hostile shoreline huge numbers of spotted Tern eggs and fledgling chicks rested under the watchful eye of the wheeling parents aloft. Hio showed off his finely honed skill of spotting a fresh egg vs a ready to hatch visual twin based on scuff marks on the thin veil of sandy soil. With so many sea bird eggs available it's easy to see why the locals don't bother with domesticated chickens.
Today we're taking some of the local guys on an offshore fishing expedition outside the pass in search of Tuna, Mahi Mahi or Wahoo. So far it looks like Hio (Northern motu), Kevin (North central motu) and Mike (South central motu) will be joining us. It sounds like they also want to do some spear fishing which could get interesting.
Like our time anchored at the Tuamotu atoll of Raroia we have enough sharks circling the boat to make us think twice before jumping in the water.
That's it for now.