Sailing Around The World

Tahiti, Fakarava Photo’s

Today we took a bus from our anchorage on the south end of Tahiti to the north main city of Papeete. We were only there for 3 hours and had to get back on the bus after we found out that the bus stops running at 12pm. So we climbed back onto the bus and went back to Dragonsbane to fix stuff, scrub stuff and watch a great moon rise and sunset. I also took some time to catch you up on my photo’s of our travels through the Tuamotu Islands. I started with Tahiti landfall when we sailed into our anchorage early in the morning. Then I back track to Fakarava Island in the Tuamotu’s. Enjoy!

As the sun rose over South Tahiti it shined over the mountains that rise 4500 feet above sea level and the sunlight warmed my face as we searched the reef breakers for our narrow passage into the anchorage as Adam slept below.  It was a cold night became its winter here, almost 75 degrees last night!

As the sun rose over South Tahiti it shined over the mountains that rise 4500 feet above sea level and the sunlight warmed my face as we searched the reef breakers for our narrow passage into the anchorage as Adam slept below. It was a cold night became its winter here, almost 75 degrees last night!

The clouds tried to snuff out the sun but it fought through the clouds and ended up being a great day in Tahiti!

The clouds tried to snuff out the sun but it fought through the clouds and ended up being a great day in Tahiti!

Later that day in our anchorage called the Port du Phaeton the local canoe paddleing club raced by our boat for a hour or two.

Later that day in our anchorage called the Port du Phaeton the local canoe paddleing club raced by our boat for a hour or two.

Ok so back tracking now! The photo is us entering the lagoon passage in north Fakarava .

Ok so back tracking now! The photo is us entering the lagoon passage in north Fakarava .

As we sailed in a squall started to race toward us but the little strip of land was enough to fend it off and the sun came out shortly after this photo.

As we sailed in a squall started to race toward us but the little strip of land was enough to fend it off and the sun came out shortly after this photo.

After we set the anchor we took the dinghy in and walked onto the main road or I should say the only road on Fakarava.

After we set the anchor we took the dinghy in and walked onto the main road or I should say the only road on Fakarava.

As we walked along we snapped a few pictures and this is a pixcture of the dock off the dive shop where we arranged our dives.

As we walked along we snapped a few pictures and this is a pixcture of the dock off the dive shop where we arranged our dives.

We road bikes up and down the strip of land and took a few photos of the landscape.

We road bikes up and down the strip of land and took a few photos of the landscape.

More landscape of north Fakarava

More landscape of north Fakarava

Our showers after diving the north passage of Fakarava. Adam and I did our first Nitrox dive and went down 120 feet. I love Nitrox because you can dive for over a hour with little effort.

Our showers after diving the north passage of Fakarava. Adam and I did our first Nitrox dive and went down 120 feet. I love Nitrox because you can dive for over a hour with little effort.

Just a little 2 track that we walked to get our bikes and some lunch from some local persons home.

Just a little 2 track that we walked to get our bikes and some lunch from some local persons home.

Well this is the Fakarava school bus and public bus as well.

Well this is the Fakarava school bus and public bus as well.

Typical transportation

Typical transportation

The only store which had very limited items and that was no surprise to us. I guess I am getting used to have only the basic foods and nothing else.

The only store which had very limited items and that was no surprise to us. I guess I am getting used to have only the basic foods and nothing else.

Yup life is so hard here the dog has to take a nap at 1 in the afternoon.

Yup life is so hard here the dog has to take a nap at 1 in the afternoon.

Time to get out of North Fakarava and sail to south 26 miles to South Fakarava which we did on the inside of the island through the lagoon.

Time to get out of North Fakarava and sail to south 26 miles to South Fakarava which we did on the inside of the island through the lagoon.

Few sailboats in front of us that we passed, just saying!

Few sailboats in front of us that we passed, just saying!

Welcome to the new neighborhood in South Fakarava.

Welcome to the new neighborhood in South Fakarava.

Nice little house off our anchorage.

Nice little house off our anchorage.

First shot off the back of Dragonsbane and we could not believe how clear the water is. We are anchored in 30- feet of water.

First shot off the back of Dragonsbane and we could not believe how clear the water is. We are anchored in 30- feet of water.

The only restaurant that only served dinner with reservation only . Also the bungalow for the diviers that came here to dive only for a few days.  That’s it, that’s south Fakarava!

The only restaurant that only served dinner with reservation only . Also the bungalow for the diviers that came here to dive only for a few days. That’s it, that’s south Fakarava!

As we ate lunch and through orange peels into the water the fish would swim up and try and eat the peels even a big grouper.

As we ate lunch and through orange peels into the water the fish would swim up and try and eat the peels even a big grouper.

And then more fish!

And then more fish!

Then the sharks that we dived with and snorkeled came to check out the action and ate the shit out of the fish LOL!

Then the sharks that we dived with and snorkeled came to check out the action and ate the shit out of the fish LOL!

Adam and I went to shore and my dad took this picture of us looking into the water for coral heads that are near the surface. You had to weave around them so you would not rip a hole in the dinghy or damage the outboard motor.

Adam and I went to shore and my dad took this picture of us looking into the water for coral heads that are near the surface. You had to weave around them so you would not rip a hole in the dinghy or damage the outboard motor.

Ok well sometimes you hit a coral head and your not so happy with yourself. Good news is that no damage was done, lol.

Ok well sometimes you hit a coral head and your not so happy with yourself. Good news is that no damage was done, lol.

Ok this is looking from the lagoon side of Fakarave to the Pacific ocean which as you can see is not far away.

Ok this is looking from the lagoon side of Fakarave to the Pacific ocean which as you can see is not far away.

As you can see the beach is very gray and all coral. This is the beach on the pacific side of the island that face the non-stop punishment of the Pacific Ocean.

As you can see the beach is very gray and all coral. This is the beach on the pacific side of the island that face the non-stop punishment of the Pacific Ocean.

Ok so remember when I blogged about the crazy guy who made pizza in a skirt and served us a salad that was only tomatoes? Well this is his bungalow and resort for divers and crazy sailors! This is the entrance into his own little dock.

Ok so remember when I blogged about the crazy guy who made pizza in a skirt and served us a salad that was only tomatoes? Well this is his bungalow and resort for divers and crazy sailors! This is the entrance into his own little dock.

Looking down the side of the lagoon and his speed boat to the dock we arrived on.

Looking down the side of the lagoon and his speed boat to the dock we arrived on.

The tables we ate pizza

The tables we ate pizza

Looking down from our table into the ocean pool you could see all these little fish.

Looking down from our table into the ocean pool you could see all these little fish.

After walking through the dock side you entered the bungalows and the center garden.

After walking through the dock side you entered the bungalows and the center garden.

All the bungalows where on land and sea.

All the bungalows where on land and sea.

Another cool bungalow.

Another cool bungalow.

If you can recall to my blog of the 3rd worlds largest waterfall  in Nuka Hiva, I talked about the man I meet in the jungle there. Well this is him and he was I think a little touched in the head but I really like the guy. He was very nice! The Photo was given to me by our good friends from Compass Rosy

If you can recall to my blog of the 3rd worlds largest waterfall in Nuka Hiva, I talked about the man I meet in the jungle there. Well this is him and he was I think a little touched in the head but I really like the guy. He was very nice! The Photo was given to me by our good friends from Compass Rosy

 

Just remember, god did not intend for man to sit in a office cubical and look into a computer screen for 50 years. So let it all go and find what makes you happy, so do that STUPID. I know that I will when I return to the USA.

Love Life and enjoy it! You only get One!

Thanks,

Jacques

 

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