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Tagged With: cruising kids

from a child’s eye: passage to new zealand

Tonga to New Zealand by Justine, written at age 14 We were leaving. I stood in the shade of the Pacific blue bimini that covers our large cockpit, my right hand gripping the rough wood of one of the two twin tables for balance as the floor beneath my feet started to move. I was … Continue reading »

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tonga ~ odd & end photos

October 1 – November 1, 2013 It’s time to wrap up our visit to the Vava’u Group of Tonga.  There are so many more stories and experiences to write about, but it’s time to move on.  Therefore, here are some odd-and-end photos taken in Vava’u.                           … Continue reading »

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suwarrow ~ a true treasure

September 2 – 16, 2013 Suwarrow, also known as Suvarov, is a nature reserve and small coral atoll belonging to the Cook Islands.  It is located about 440 miles east-northeast of American Samoa, and there is not another island within 200 miles from Suwarrow.  Every year, from April through October, the population of Suwarrow consists … Continue reading »

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bora bora ~ jam to the music

August 10, 2013     From Passe Paipai to Passe Teavanui, there are about 20 miles between Tahaa and Bora Bora, and with a bit of wind, sailing between the two islands is an easy afternoon hop.  Since it was still the season for Maramu winds, there was no shortage of wind, and in fact, … Continue reading »

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tahaa ~ vanilla & black pearls

August 7 – 10, 2013 We began our playtime in the Raiatea and Tahaa areas by sailing around to the northwest side of Tahaa (also known as the Vanilla Island) in search of some coral gardens.  We never found the gardens, but we found some of the most gorgeous water we’d ever seen.     … Continue reading »

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port phaeton ~ a separate place

July 17 – 26, 2013 Port Phaeton seems to be in a world all to its own.  Located on the south side of the isthmus that joins Tahiti Nui (big Tahiti) and Tahiti Iti (little Tahiti), Port Phaeton is almost completely surrounded by hills.  While it was blowing 30 knots with 4 meter waves on … Continue reading »

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kauehi ~ fun times cruiser style

July 1 – 7, 2013 Since there were three Canadian boats in the anchorage (s/v Somerset 33, s/v Interlude IX, and s/v Sueño), I started the morning by wishing them a very happy Canada Day over the VHF.  We quickly decided to do a spontaneous potluck lunch on the beach with everyone in the anchorage.  … Continue reading »

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kauehi kids’ kamp

June 26 – 27, 2013  There was no shortage of activity for our first day in Kauehi.  It was a day for birthdays.  Guillaume (s/v Sueño) was turning eleven, and Finn (s/v Dolphin of Leith) was turning four.  The double birthday party was held on the deserted motu just in front of our boats.  There … Continue reading »

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kauehi ~ beautifully wild & rugged

June 25, 2013 Of 76 coral atolls, Kauehi is one of 46 inhabited atolls within the 1000-mile long Tuamotus Archipelago chain.  Like many of the coral atolls, the Kauehi atoll is a chain of coral islets (motus) with only one navigable pass into the center lagoon.  In Kauehi, each motu ranges from about half of … Continue reading »

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taiohae, nuku hiva ~ old friends reunited

June 1, 2013 Amidst the retrieval of our propane tank, as we arrived in Nuku Hiva, we were also seeing old friends for the first time in a year. We had met s/y Yindee Plus last summer in Maine, and had kept in touch with them ever since.  When we left Maine, we were supposed … Continue reading »

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