Raiatea and Ta'haa islands are so close in proximity we actually switched anchorages form one island to the other every night. First, we sailed to Raiatea and fueled up and topped off the water tanks. It was the last place to do so before the next 800 miles to Rarotonga. Baxter and I also did some laundry using water jugs and then headed ashore for a tasty ice cream. Raiatea was a bustling little island town compared to Moorea, but still very small. We walked around and perused all the vegetables and artisan offerings in the market. Afterwards, we slipped off the dock and sailed to Ta'haa where we picked up a mooring and went for a swim. It was so hot with very little wind, I couldn't wait to jump in and cool off. Ta'haa is a really quiet island that is shaped like a flower and turned out to be one of my favorites.
Here is an excerpt of the summary I did for John's (expedition leaders) blog: