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Rich Raiatea & Terrific Taha’a

The islands of Raiatea and Taha’a were probably close to being joined together a long time ago. They share the same barrier reef around the perimeter of both islands and are only a couple hours apart by sailboat. From the air, they look a little like an hour-glass, with the reef tapering in on both sides at the middle. Sailing into Raiatea, there was a “wind event” expected for the island, so we wanted ... Read More

Rich Raiatea & Terrific Taha’a2023-05-05T01:01:24-07:00

Hooray for Huahine

We lifted anchor from Oponohu Bay in Mo’orea and set off for a new destination - Huahine. Our friends Dave and Lynn wanted to actively participate in keeping watch on our passage, so we assigned time slots for the 4 of us. After our 19 hour uneventful passage from Mo’orea, we arrived in the main port of Fare and spent 2 weeks there. We split up our time between 3 anchorages: Fare, Plage Hana-Iti, ... Read More

Hooray for Huahine2023-05-03T05:18:28-07:00

Give Me More Mo’orea

Give Me More Mo’orea With Kyle and Alyssa onboard, we made the 3 hour passage from Papeete Marina, to Oponohu Bay on Mo’orea. The seas were rollie and not what we were hoping for our new crew’s first passage. Despite taking bonine, they were looking a little green and queasy by the time we dropped anchor. It passed soon enough though and amazement of how clear the water is in the anchorage took over ... Read More

Give Me More Mo’orea2023-04-30T03:39:48-07:00

Underrated Tahiti

A Visit to Civilization in Tahiti Getting a slip in the Papeete Marina was a welcome relief for me from our new life of cruising and conservation. In fact, it was like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! It’s not that I don’t think it’s good to conserve power and water and eliminate waste that gets thrown in the trash. It’s that I’m still getting used to this new lifestyle ... Read More

Underrated Tahiti2022-08-07T20:29:43-07:00

Fabulous Fakarava

Our sail from Fatu-Hiva to Fakarava took 6 very slow days. This was a welcome contrast to the previous passage. The winds were 10-17 kn the first day, which made for a much more comfortable sailing day. We were accompanied by about 2 dozen dolphins for a few hours on this leg, which is a big highlight for us.  Brent had made some nice dinners the previous days leading up to leaving Fatu-Hiva. He ... Read More

Fabulous Fakarava2022-06-10T12:48:24-07:00

Fantastic Fatu-Hiva and the Bay of Virgins

Our passage from Hiva-Oa to Fatu-Hiva was only an 8 hour sail, but oh what a sail it was! We left at 6 AM. Right outside the anchorage the swells were big and the wind was strong. I was optimistic that I wouldn't get seasick because I took something Jimmy swore by, (but I don't honestly know what it was).  It was a straight shot, no tacking. We put up all 4 sails and ... Read More

Fantastic Fatu-Hiva and the Bay of Virgins2022-06-09T12:56:14-07:00

Tahuata Side Trip

We made the good decision to go to Tahuata for a few days while we were waiting for a new regulator to come in from Tahiti for the engine. The 2-hour afternoon sail from Atuona, Hiva-Oa to Tahuata was pretty short, even though we had little wind to sail and the engine wouldn't go over 5.3 kn. Our targeted bay was one that is known to have dolphins and mantas called Hanamoenoa Bay. We ... Read More

Tahuata Side Trip2022-06-09T12:41:05-07:00

Hiva-Oa Oasis

Hiva-Oa 4/14 Day of Transit: Sailing from Ua-Pou to Hiva-Oa was fairly uneventful, even though we had to bash upwind the whole way. The sunrise happened on my watch and it is something I now look forward to. Pods of dolphins joined us periodically after we had brighter sunlight to pick-up our spirits as we got closer to our next island. After 17 hours, we arrived. It was fairly choppy sailing all the way into ... Read More

Hiva-Oa Oasis2022-05-17T17:55:17-07:00

Unexpected Ua-Pou

Today, after having a late breakfast, getting on Wi-Fi and doing a lot of posting and emails, and ordering sandwiches to go from a cafe, we rented a stick-shift truck and drove around half the island. We went to the end of the road, so to speak. The road ended in a small village called Hakamaii. All the villages on Ua Pou start with “H”: Hakahau, Hakahetau, Haakuti, Hakatau, Hakamaii, Hakatau and Hohoi. The ... Read More

Unexpected Ua-Pou2022-05-17T18:17:52-07:00

Exploring Hakatea Bay

Hakatea Bay has an aura of being a mysterious, historical place, besides looking like the ultimate tropical paradise. After anchoring in the bay, also known as Daniel’s Bay, we walked a short way toward the village. We passed the cemetery high on a hill, with the newest headstones dating back to the early 1900’s. We had to cross a shallow stream before arriving at the town’s “restaurant” and turning right to follow the road that ... Read More

Exploring Hakatea Bay2022-04-21T17:48:45-07:00
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