French Polynesia

Rotoava, Fakarava: Snorkeling & Black Pearls

Fakarava is a fabled and idyllic location in the South Pacific. it’s well-known for its abundant underwater life, clear water, and excellent diving conditions. Fortunately, Rotoava, the village on Fakarava, provides a good base for travelers. Getting to Rotoava There are flights from Tahiti to Rotoava three times a week on Air Tahiti. Or, you…

French Polynesia

Tahuata and Nuku Hiva

After visiting the islands of Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa, David and I took a short 7-mile sail over to Tahuata Island, and then onward to Nuku Hiva.  Tahuata and Nuku Hiva are two islands in the Marquesas group of French Polynesia. Tahuata Island It was only a 7-mile sail to the bay of Hana Moe…

French Polynesia

Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa

We arrived in Fatu Hiva after a 19-day sail from the Galapagos.  Our plan was to stay two nights in Fatu Hiva before heading on to Hiva Oa.  After a good nights sleep (10 hours!) we woke up prepped and ready to get our feet on the ground. The biggest thing to do in Fatu…

Galapagos

Exploring Santa Cruz Galapagos

After clearing into the Galapagos Islands at Santa Cruz, David and I set out to explore all that Santa Cruz, Galapagos has to offer. About Santa Cruz and the Galapagos The Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean.  They are, politically, a part of Ecuador.  Santa Cruz is the…

Galapagos

Cruising the Galapagos

After a 6-day passage from Panama, we arrived in the Galapagos ready to explore this unique destination! Arrival & Formalities We arrived Saturday morning to Academy Bay, Santa Cruz. We had our anchor down by 8 am, and I set to work baking brownies and cleaning up. We had kept in touch with our agent,…

Panama

Panama City, Panama

We found ourselves in Panama City, the capital of Panama, after sailing through the Panama Canal. Being on the small isthmus between the two oceans – Atlantic and Pacific – Panama City was a huge hub for trade, piracy, and Spanish conquistadors. The original city, now referred to as Panama Viejo, was set on fire…