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Swimming with Sharks – HUNDREDS of Sharks!

December 13, 2021 // 2 Comments

Fakarava seen from space Fakarava We sailed to Fakarava, which is the second largest – and one of the more populated – atolls in the Tuamotos (the other being Rangiroa). Fakarava’s lagoon is more than 30 miles long and unlike any other atoll we’ve visited, you can traverse [read more]

Tahitian Vanilla – from Farm to Table

December 3, 2020 // 4 Comments

This post shares what we learned about vanilla farming in French Polynesian and at the bottom has delicious recipes for cooking fish with vanilla sauces. Vanilla – Don’t Settle for less than¬† The Real Thing Morita’s brother hard at work tending the vanilla vines Vanilla has been [read more]

Tonga and Humpback Whales Await Tim

August 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

Our hearts are filled with joy when we talk to our kids. Getting to spend time with them brims our happiness to overflowing. Usually we see them every couple months, but being in the South Pacific has been a challenge. We’re looking forward to Christmas/New Year’s with them in New [read more]

Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the World

May 30, 2020 // 1 Comment

Great White Wall in Bloom Best photos thanks to Rand Pipp (c) 2018 Fiji has some of the best dive sites on the planet, and we plan to enjoy many in the months we are here. Some, such as the Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef off Taveuni, are world famous. Others, like the undersea beauty we [read more]

Right of Passage to Manhood Celebration in Tanna

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Junior helping the other men with the food pile Male Right of Passage ceremonies are celebrated in Tanna Vanuatu once a year. Mothers of young boys ages 5 to 10 decide the year their sons will become men. This year, little Junior, aged 8, was sent into the jungle with a medicine man. He was given a [read more]

Sacred South Pacific Flying Foxes

November 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

flying foxes are the size of large squirrels The Best Address if You’re a Fruit Bat If you’re a bat, and specifically a Pacific Flying Fox bat, you want to settle in Tonga. Why? In Tonga, flying foxes are the official property of the King of Tonga, and no one except royalty is allowed [read more]

Tetiaroa

September 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Teti’aroa is an atoll north of Tahiti most famous as having been the home of Marlon Brando, and it’s now the site of the world-renowned “Brando” resort. It’s also the quintessential remote spot, as Barack Obama made clear when he chose the Brando on Teti’aroa to [read more]

Two Families Shipwreck on Coral Reefs in the South Pacific

August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

When a sailing voyage comes to a sudden, violent end, no matter the cause or circumstances, it’s a terrible tragedy. Two vivacious cruising families who were sailing across the Pacific Ocean met this fate recently. Americans Danny and Belinda Gavotos and their four teenaged children, on Tanda [read more]
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