Category Archives: French Polynesia

Polynesian Postscript

What we thought would be our last day on Bora Bora was not!  The forecast light winds had died completely and a new forecast predicted no wind until at least Wednesday.   There was no point in going out into the … Continue reading

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Twin Peaks – Bora Bora

As we approached the island from the south, the twin peaks (Otemanu and Pahia), with waves crashing on the surrounding reef provided a magnificent backdrop.  After entering the lagoon we made our way to an anchorage between the island of … Continue reading

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Raiatea and Taha’a

Raiatea is only 35nm from Huahine, a short and easy sail.  We sailed through the main pass off the town of Uturoa to access the lagoon, then made our way to Apooiti Marina where we picked up a mooring, and … Continue reading

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Two Weeks on Huahini

Our overnight passage from Tahiti was fast and bouncy, and once again we had the problem of slowing Pipistrelle down enough to ensure that we arrived in daylight.  The wind shadow from these islands extends a long way, 4 miles … Continue reading

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Tahiti and Moorea

We met Jane and John originally in Baiona, Northern Spain during their 12 year circumnavigation in Tara III, and they followed us to Povoa da Varzim in Portugal in 2008.  After that we returned to the UK for six months … Continue reading

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The Tuamotus Archipelago

Before leaving the Marquesas, we needed to decide which of the atolls we would visit.  There are 72 of these atolls spread over several hundred miles, from east to west, and they are conveniently located to break the passage to … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Nuku Hiva

The next day we sailed to the north side of Nuku Hiva where we anchored in Atiheu Bay.  Not much is written in the pilot books about this bay, but we did know that there was an excellent restaurant called … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Ua-Pou

We sailed overnight in company with SuAn to Ua-Pou, some 65 nm to the north of Hiva Oa, discovering another stunning island with the most superb mountains surrounding the anchorage.  Here we met our friends Adrian and Jackie on Oceans … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Hiva Oa and Tahuata

From Fatu Hiva we had an enjoyable 7 hour sail under genoa to Atuona on Hiva Oa where we checked in to make ourselves legal in French Polynesia.  Hiva Oa is the 2nd largest island and the anchorage so tight … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva is not an island where cruisers are allowed to check in, but it is to the south east of all the other islands, and to get there having checked in at Hiva Oa would have meant beating to … Continue reading

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