Ben from SV Lisa Kay with a gecko
Cheryl & René
Sailing The World

Quest for a Gecko

Last year we met a young cruiser named Ben who was an excellent gecko catcher as you can imagine the average pre-teen being. In Samoa we witnessed him catching a gecko that spent quite some time roaming around his shoulders and arms before leaping to the ground and escaping. Over the years we’ve met several cruisers who’ve had a gecko or two aboard and we

Us with Tahaa in the background
Cheryl & René
Sailing The World

Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

As we’re working our way eastward back to Tahiti we stopped to visit Raiatea which shares a lagoon with Tahaa. It turned out to be a really nice 1 week circumnavigation that included walking up the hill near town for a wonderful view of part of the lagoon and Tahaa, with Bora Bora off to the left and Huahine to the right. After a few days at the town dock

Rene close up
Cheryl & René
Sailing The World

Below the Surface at Bora Bora

One of our new favourite anchorages in Bora Bora is just off the Sofitel Private Island in 12 feet of crystal clear, turquoise water. It’s tricky getting in here and you need a shallow draft so it will never be too busy with other cruisers. It’s gorgeous and to our surprise we had a strong wifi signal from the Sofitel Private Island with

One big fire with lots of smoke
Cheryl & René
Sailing The World

Trouble in Paradise

Since the Carte de Séjour (permit to allow me to stay a year) needs to be picked up inTahiti in person when it’s ready in 2 to 3 months, we have time to wander before continuing east. Our plan is to be in the Marquesas for hurricane season, which is during the southern hemisphere’s summer. So from Moorea we had a wonderful 153nm sail to Bora Bora. While

Sail repair on the beach
Cheryl & René
Sailing The World

Sail Repairs in Paradise

From Tahiti we sailed to Moorea which is only about 15 nm away but today was surprisingly challenging. The wind away from the islands was 20 to 30 knots apparent and the waves got up to 3m high, which really isn’t notable after our trip from NZ except for the one