Tonga continues – by Gary Dawson

Last time I wrote we were on our way to Tonga. Our trip was great, sunny days and starry nights. I also mentioned that we caught a 30lb Wahoo. Shortly there after Amanda landed a 4 ft Mahi Mahi.
We are now in Tonga and out first stop[p was the VaVau group of Islands. They are [...]

Niue Island – by Gary Dawson

Niue Island

We are on our way to Vava’u group of Islands in Tonga. Our first stop will be Neiafu at Latitude 18 44’ S Longitude 174 W. We left Niue last Night at 10 pm. It is a short trip about 250 miles west of Niue (36 hours).

Today is a beautiful day [...]

The Relentless Storm – by Mike Dawson

As many of you have read and heard we recently sailed thru a tremendous storm….this is my account of those events:
Upon leaving a beautiful Island named Isle Maupiti on a wonderful Thursday morning we set voyage through the Passé Onoiau. This pass comes together with the ocean on the outside bringing 6 ft. waves and [...]

Sailing to Niue – October 12, 2009 – by Marnie

Hello everyone.  Although I am back in Denver for a while we are still keeping the website updated. 
Mike, Gary and Amanda left Rarotonga on Saturday for 4+ day sail to Niue.  The expect to arrive late Tuesday or early Wednesday.  I spoke with Mike last night and they have decent weather and are making good [...]

Rarotonga – by Gary Dawson

Rarotonga is our first stop in the Cook Islands and they speak English. They are closely affiliated with New Zealand with a population of 12,000. So it is a pretty busy Island, they  even have a movie theater, the old fashion big screen kind and of course we went, but as usual I do not [...]

Cook Islands-Rarotonga – October 7, 2009

Since the Tsunami hit American Somoa Islands last week, we’ve heard from other cruisers that were there when the tsunami hit that the devastation is unimaginable. We’ve also learned that along with the many locals that were killed, so were some fellow cruisers that lost their lives as well. It’s very sad. [...]

Safe from the Tsunami – Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We are safe!!! As many of you heard there was a Tsunami yesterday in the South Pacific. It was 1,000 miles north of us. By the time it arrived here yesterday morning at 11am local time it was so small you couldn’t tell it hit. We are on a very [...]

Tattoos-Gary Dawson

Well I got my first tattoo or should I say Tattoo’s. In Polynesia tattooing is a very a very ancient custom. They use to cover their complete body with tattoos. They did it not only for ornamentation and distinction but to guard their heath and spiritual well being. Each object is comprised of a number [...]

Bora Bora to Maupiti

Hello from Bora Bora! We managed to sneak a few extra days in to our stay here. Bora Bora is a great island and we are pleasantly surprised. We had heard many stories of how commercialized it is and we have found that not to be true. There are many over [...]

Bora Bora or Bust

Well here we are in Bora Bora! Finally! We left Raitea and Tahaa on Saturday and arrived here 4 hours later. Bora Bora is a more commercialized island but still quite beautiful. This is a big destination for Honeymooners and the famous. Mike spoiled the two of us by staying [...]