I've learned a few interesting things about myself out of this, namely: 1) I should trust my instincts when I have reservations about a plan and 2) what I really need to keep myself happy is conversation in English. Bad roads, bad hotels, etc. are not an issue but not being able to whine about it to anybody is!
By the way, I ran into a couple of friends from the boat yesterday. They had also tried to go to the Fitimpoha and ran into another problem. Apparently, on certain days certain colors of clothing are fady (taboo). By the time they had changed their clothes, everybody had wandered off!