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Jailbreak in Tonga

In July, a boat named Sea Oak was anchored in Neiafu Harbor. The couple onboard were prone to yelling (I heard this first hand from other boats in the harbor) and physically fighting. One morning, the woman, a Canadian, wouldn’t wake up – and her husband was arrested.  Sea Oak was still in Neiafu when…

Fiji

Bula Fiji: Savusavu for Cruisers

Savusavu is one of my favorite ports in Fiji. It’s small, easily walkable, and doesn’t get a lot of tourists. This makes it an easy place to clear into, and then access some of the pleasures of eastern Fiji, like Namena Reef, Taveuni, and the Lau Group. Sailing Tonga to Savusavu What a perfect sail…

Tonga

A Guide to Swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga

On our must-do list for Tonga was a whale snorkel experience. Humpback whales come to the South Pacific every August and September, with young calves in tow. Here in Vava’u, it’s common to see whales while out on the water.  Our experience with humpback whales in Tonga is one of the best things we have…

Tonga

Vava’u, Tonga: Neiafu

Through our years of travel on our sailboat, Starry Horizons, Tonga has been one of our favorite stops.  We spent a month in Vava’u in 2016 and liked it so much we came back in 2017 for another month. What’s So Great About Tonga? Tonga is undeveloped when compared to Tahiti, Bora Bora, or Fiji. …

Niue

Niue: The Rock of Polynesia

Since first reading about Niue (probably in a cruising blog), it’s always fascinated me for some reason, perhaps because so few people have ever heard of it. About Niue One of the smallest countries in the world, Niue is one giant coral rock sitting in the Pacific Ocean. It is a self-governing state in free…

French Polynesia

Top 10 Cruising Experiences in French Polynesia

We LOVED cruising French Polynesia. It is, hands-down, my favorite country we’ve been to, although David wavers between Nova Scotia (Canada) and French Polynesia (which are so different it’s like apple to oranges). It amazes me that it’s the longest we’ve been in one country but we didn’t even scratch the surface of some places (like the…

Niue

Sailing to Beveridge Reef

Beveridge Reef was an interesting place for us to visit, and one that we’d been excited about for a while.  With every place, you have to take the good and the bad. Where is Beveridge Reef? Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll 130 miles east of Niue and 600 miles west of the Cook Islands. …

French Polynesia

Snorkeling and Diving in Bora Bora

An easy sail from Taha’a led us to Bora Bora. It’s exciting to be in a place known worldwide for its beauty, romantic, and exoticism. And, the water is some of the clearest we’ve ever seen! Read about our best anchorages in Bora Bora. A First Snorkel Our first morning we took off in our…