“Hi David! Sorry, I should have replied when I first got your request… Yesterday I called around. Reported 7-8 boats on the reef at Maharepa. 4-6 inside the bay at Cooks (including 2 super yachts). 12 at Opunohu.
Moorea cruisers have settled into confinement without much struggle. There is an efficient and friendly radio net every day at 0900 and 1200 on VHF 77 in French and English led by SV Ubi. They all worked together with each other and authorities to arrange set days to handle garbage and for a few boats with broken watermakers to have their tanks filled from shore. There has been plenty of food at Super U. It is peaceful here without the usual jet skis and boat traffic.
There have been some firsthand reports of a few locals expressing vocal hostility when cruisers go ashore but fortunately that is the exception. Aside from the big Coronavirus crisis so far all is well here far on the north side of Mo’orea and we hope the same is true for everyone else in the fleet.”
Moorea, Yann Maude and family on their catamaran
“We’re among the privileged! … as soon as the schools closed we left the marina to drop our anchor just a little further out in the lagoon. 3 days later the police came past and told us we had to stay where we were…
So life at anchor. We go ashore once a day to get some bread etc and to take the rubbish, do some washing and get water (we have a little pressure problem in our water maker). We also give the little one time to run, climb in the trees and do some cycling!
As everyone is doing, we live from day to day … despite the restrictions that are more or less onerous … in Moorea, children have been fined because they were swimming in front of their houses!!! … maybe they were with other children but all the same…
For us, loads of board games, lots of good food, lagoon cleaning (we collect rubbish as it comes past in a little net), a little bit of cayak for our older son but discretely.”
Tahiti airport anchorage, Vincent Leslie and family on their catamaran
“We’re at the airport anchorage, and we’re enjoying the rays and turtles that come past daily. It’s actually nicer now that there are no more air traffic! We’re going to wait for the end of the confinement, most likely in a month or 2. In any case there is not much we can do about it other than not move around.”