Seeking refuge from the southerly swell, we sailed north about 30 miles. We hooked a few fish on the way.
It was not our first stop at this anchorage off Uonukuhihifo and Uonukuhahaki in the Ha’apai Group. We were hoping the islands would give us some better protection from the southerly swell and they did.
In Tongan, nuku means assemble, hihifo means west and hahake means east. You can see the reasoning in that. We visited these islands a couple times in 2017. This time, we had the company of three or four familiar yachts, Halcyon 7, Saltheart, Malakite and, after these images were taken, Midnight Sun.
We took advantage of the calm sunny afternoon again by snorkelling the coral bommies just west of the anchorage. We found a nice array of healthy corals and small fish. Bigger fish like parrotfishes and triggerfish were around but disappeared quickly under cover when they saw us. This area is regularly fished by locals.
Tofanga is in the background. We found out (too late) we should have gone to the northern end of that island for launching and kiting. Next time!
Next stop, Pangai to check in and wait for a trough to pass.