As a French "place" (not sure it's official term, it was claimed by the French in the 1800s and still has a representative in French legislature), French baguettes have become one of the staple items and are subsidized by the government. They're about 3 1/2 feet long and sold in most grocery stores. Even more delightful, we found tin tubs of butter from New Zealand. They must be subsidized as well because they were only 2 bucks a pound. The "butter" we ate in Central America was so plastic tasting that I even double checked that "mantequilla" meant butter instead of margarine. So, this is a delightful upgrade. All other groceries are about triple what they might be in the States because of transportation and importation costs, and transportation taxes. Luckily, we still have enough food to last us until New Zealand.
After about 4 hours in Hiva Oa checking in and buying our bread and butter, we decided, there were more beautiful anchorages where we'd rather spend the night. We hoisted anchor and sailed a couple hours to Hana Tefau ("hana" means bay in Marquesan) Here we found beautiful snorkeling, calm water, and only a couple of other boats. Brian spotted an octopus pretending to be a rock, and a moray eel. The variety of fish colors and shapes is similar to walking through a garden in bloom.
We'll stay here through Monday, do some boat chores, snorkel, and go to the church service (the singing is reported to be heavenly here), then off to a nearby anchorage to celebrate our 7th anniversary.
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