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Isle of Pines - New Caledonia

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

View 2014-01 Pacific Islands on greynomadm's travel map.

The seas have abated and we were sailing between two groups of islands when the sun was scheduled to put in an appearance. Sadly there was a strong wind and overcast sky which suppressed any brilliant light or colour. To top off the grey atmosphere we sailed into a heavy rain squall which caused me to scurry for cover. By 0600 I was back in the cabin with not much to show for 45 minutes on deck.

On arrival at our anchor position off the Isle of Pines there was some uncertainty about the ability of the tenders to safely travel to the pier. There was some delay as a test boat was sent out. It was declared safe and with the improving weather we decided to go ashore for a short visit. After obtaining our tender tickets we were held for about 30 minutes and were called forward.

The tender trip was interesting as the little boat rolled and bucked its way to the pier. Almost as good as a carnival ride. By the time we arrived the sun was out and the water was a beautiful turquoise blue. We walked along the tree-lined road and looked at some of the stalls and about an hour later we returned to the jetty. There was only a 5 minute wait in a queue and we were off back to the ship. There was less movement on this trip.
Parked the back-pack in the cabin and headed for lunch on deck 14. The buffet was busy but not overcrowded. I was surprised to see whole roast duck at the carvery and felt compelled to try some. Beautifully cooked and moist.

After lunch we decided to watch a movie in the theatre. All we had was the name "Pacific Rim" and the fact that it was rated PG-13. Not much to go on but there wasn't all that much offering. Jenny lasted about 15 minutes, I stayed for the full 2hr 11min. It was the most unlikely futuristic science fiction show I've seen.

The ship is underway again as we sail for Vila in Vanuatu. We weighed anchor at about 15:30 and are due in Vila at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The wind is blowing at about 30 knots and the ship is sailing without the shudders and bumps that has marked the previous days.
Almost time to get ready for dinner and the connection to the Internet is still not working from my lap-top. I'll do the USB thumb drive method which works although not optimal.

A lovely dinner again and with no show to interest us, we're retiring to an early night.

This link should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-01-28
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 01:14 Archived in New Caledonia

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Our last trip out Isle of Pines was rough as well! Gorgeous little place when you get there.

by DrTard

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