DATE CHANGE…

We are about to arrive in Fiji and, in doing so, we will cross the 180° meridian, the date-change line. We will not change date now, though, because we already did when arriving in Tonga, which opted to have the same date as Fiji although they should be 23 hours behind (this way, they are just 1 hour ahead). The … Continua a leggere

TONGA

It’s hard to make an assessment of our visit to Tonga, or more precisely the Vava’u Group, the northernmost islands of this large archipelago. All in all, we have been somewhat disappointed, although we have been biased by several external factors, beginning with our arrival, tired and nervous after a last night with strong wind, large and dangerous seas and … Continua a leggere

PARANOIA AND CONVERGENCE…

1) Paranoia: arriving in Aitutaki, for the first time the entry formalities included a visit from the health officer, who impounded all our fresh fruit and vegetables (luckily there was not much left!…). In this part of the world, that’s rather normal: the worst we will encounter in Australia, where they will take away also meat, pasta, cheese, flowers and … Continua a leggere

HERMITS AND GIANT CLAMS…

We are talking about Aitutaki, one of the Cook Islands, and the hermits of the title are in fact HERMIT CRABS! Aitutaki is not visited by many yachts, despite being on the rhumb-line between the Society islands and Tonga, because the entry channel is only 1.5 meters deep, and anchoring on the outside of the reef is possible but exposed … Continua a leggere

LEEWARD ISLANDS…

We left French Polinesia some days ago, and it’s now time for a summary: the leeward islands, then! We arrived from Moorea very late because we could not force us to leave and we went first to Huahine, which is supposed to be the less developed of the leewards: indeed it is simple, but the town is welcoming and there … Continua a leggere