Savusavu, Fiji

Savusavu, Fiji

2016-11-01 – 2016-11-04 Savusavu photo album It didn’t take long to realize we had arrived in another part of the pacific now. Fiji was really different from all the Polynesian islands visited so far, not at all the same western influence on society and the buildings, the roads and the buses were more rough, and with a big Indian community the nice smell of spicy curry spread out over the town. We arrived in the town of Savusavu, on the »

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Passage Niue to Fiji – no stopping in Tonga this time

Passage Niue to Fiji – no stopping in Tonga this time

2016-10-25 – 2016-11-01 Fiji passage photo album We are getting used to these slow passages now, completing the 650M from Niue to Savusavu (in Fiji) in 6 days is not too impressive. The last couple of passages since Bora Bora we have averaged not much more than 100M a day, we are getting out of the strong trade wind season. When we are moving the wind is either to weak or the direction not good. This makes us having to spend »

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Quick Update from Fiji

Quick Update from Fiji

We are now on a tight schedule to make it to Australia by the first week of December. On the way we want to see the active volcano on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, and probably need to stop in Noumea, New Caledonia, to wait for a good weather window for the last leg down to Australia. In total about 14 days of sailing still to go. We decided to cut our stay short here in Suva and leave »

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Niue cave exploring

Niue cave exploring

Niue photo album Niue, “The Rock of the Pacific”, did not look very inviting when we arrived. It was a grey and rainy day, the first one in a while, when we entered the bay outside main town Alofi. There were no other boats here and this being the only anchorage on the island we were the only one in Niue! Since the anchorage is completely unprotected from the west and we did have a weak westerly wind, I started »

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Meeting the Marsters at Palmerston Atoll

Meeting the Marsters at Palmerston Atoll

Palmerston photo album 2016-10-18 – 2016-10-18 We are glad we decided to make this quick 6 hour stop at Palmerston Atoll, a unique place in many ways. The history, the scenery and the people made it all worthwhile. Palmerston is one of the 15 Cook Islands. This is a true atoll with a fringing reef with small islets (motus) surrounding a shallow lagoon, it felt like being back in the Tuamotus again. The lagoon has a few smaller passes for motor »

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Ciguatera poisoning in Aitutaki

Ciguatera poisoning in Aitutaki

Outside the pass in Aitutaki there was really great spear gun fishing - large parrots, surgeons, groupers. We had heard by some that Aitutaki was completely ciguatera-free (see explanation at bottom) but some had said there were fish you should not eat. We speared all in all about seven fish together with a couple friends from other boats. To be safe I went into the harbour to ask some locals for advice, showing our catch to them. “No problem man, »

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