Fawlty Towers and Super Stuff

Fawlty Towers and Super Stuff

Hop to Hirifa Our original plan was to stop at Pakokota Yacht Services for the evening before heading to the south of Fakarava. We knew from our last time here that it’s a great place to break up the trip. But as we approached Pakokota, we could see no room at the inn...
A***holes, Angels and Activity

A***holes, Angels and Activity

A***holes After a fabulous overnight sail from Tahanea, and no dramas entering the Fakarava’s north pass, we headed over to Rotoava and found a spare mooring buoy. We were as thrilled as anyone suffering sleep deprivation could be. Maria hooked the mooring...
Swimming in gin in Tahanea

Swimming in gin in Tahanea

Thrown out of Raroia After being unceremoniously dumped out of Raroia like pair of drunks hurled out of a nightclub by an overly-aggressive bouncer, we can confirm that the tide estimator for this pass is wrong. With the tide ebbing at a rate of 5 knots and the pass...
Kon-Tiki, sea monsters and Mexican refugees in Raroia

Kon-Tiki, sea monsters and Mexican refugees in Raroia

Smooth seas On our last visit to the Tuamotus, we headed for Kauehi, then Fakarava and Toau before leaving for the Societies. This time, we decided to head further south to see more of these beautiful atolls. Our destination: Raroia.   We couldn’t have asked for...
Music with an old friend in Nuku Hiva

Music with an old friend in Nuku Hiva

Big Ray in Taiohae Bay Like Hiva Oa, most boats confined during the Covid-19 lockdown period had cleared off, leaving a relatively expansive area in from which to pick a spot. So, we chose somewhere close to town just outside the no-anchoring zone in Taiohae Bay....
Beer, pigs, and a strange smell of zoo in Hiva Oa

Beer, pigs, and a strange smell of zoo in Hiva Oa

We moved into a zoo Oops! Due to ‘technical difficulties,’ this is a bit out of sequence …   By the time we arrived at Hiva Oa, most of the boats languishing in Tahauku Bay during the lockdown period had cleared out, enabling us to secure a spot...