[11][48][50][52][53][55][246][255][274][277][551] Beach House – ANCHORED – Foa Island – Ha’aapi, Tonga…..WHALES Galore!

October 16, 2016

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/10/16 04:42
LATITUDE: 19-43.19S
LONGITUDE: 174-17.14W
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 8
WIND_DIR: SSE
CLOUDS: 35%
VISIBILITY: 45
BARO: 1015.2
AIR_TEMP: 32.2C
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Foa Island – Ha’aapi, Tonga

We motored the entire way and again were very fortunate that we had flat seas and light head winds.

We had 12 separate whale sightings on the way here less than a quarter of a mile or closer to the boat. Three of the encounters were 100 meters or so.
We also saw several baby whales which were most likely less than 2 months old, breaching and generally playing around their Mothers.

We are anchored next to 4 other boats including “Balvinie” with Amanda and Mark en route to New Zealand. As I write, they are conducting the “Polynesian Magellan Radio Net”. We’re hearing boats from Suwarrow to Fiji and a few en route to New Zealand. Yes, we have photos!

We hope to have several whale encounters while were here as we did 6 years ago.
More soon!
KIT,
Scott and Nikki