Last two days at Hiva Oa

After returning the rental car, we decided to complete our exploration of the island on foot. From Hanaiapa, we took the walk to the adjacent bay of Hanatekuua, which, according to the information we received, was an hour and a half walk away. The pa…
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Inland Hiva Oa

Saturday morning, May 11th, bright and early, we set off with the rental car, accompanied by Joe and Lupita, towards the northeast part of Hiva Oa to visit the archaeological site of Lipona, near Puamau, which hosts the most important collection of t…
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First days in Hiva Oa

The following day after our arrival, we had planned to rent a car to go to Atuona to complete the entry formalities into the country. However, due to national holidays in French Polynesia, we had to change our plans, so we first dedicated ourselves t…
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Arrived in French Polynesia!

May 6th, 6:00 AM local time. Hiva Oa at dawn We’ve arrived at Hiva Oa! What a beauty! What a relief! All the unforeseen events that could have happened fortunately didn’t! Or rather, some did, but were easily manageable! The generator broke …
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How many of us are there?

If someone thinks that crossing the Pacific is something for a select group of people, the image below instead tells a situation reminiscent of Via del Corso in Rome, perhaps on the occasion of an extraordinary event such as the opening of a new comm…
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Equator

The first time Sergio was in South America, upon arriving at the Buenos Aires’s house of his hosting friends, he went to the bathroom and satisfyingly noticed that the water flushed in a counterclockwise direction, opposite to what happens in the nor…
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Trade winds, trade winds!

Hurray!!! We’ve exited the ITCZ and “officially” entered the trade winds, or at least it seems that way! We have a 15-knot wind from the southeast, and we’re proceeding at an average speed of over 6 knots. The forecasts indicate this steady wind, per…
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Half way through

Since yesterday, Hiva Oa, our destination, is closer (as the crow flies…) than Puerto Vallarta, where we departed from. We are “only” 1400 nautical miles away! Also yesterday, we officially entered the ITCZ, and immediately experienced one of its p…
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Today is Sunday

Today is Sunday, but it won’t be a very different day from the others. Sunrise is around 7:45, often hidden by thick clouds on the horizon; sunset is around 8:15 PM, also obscured by clouds. The hours mentioned are purely conventional, as we have mai…
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One-third of the route

Tomorrow we will have covered about 1/3 of the distance from Puerto Vallarta to Hiva Oa. As we hypothesized in the last post, the new weather forecasts have led to a significant update of the route, which had to take into account unexpected wind hole…
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The big jump

Departed! This morning at 8:30, we left the island of Socorro heading towards Hiva Oa, the first stop on the route of the Marquesas Islands, one of the three archipelagos of French Polynesia that we plan to visit. The route from Socorro to our destin…
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Socorro, the last land

We arrived at the island of Socorro at the first light of dawn. This island, as well as Clarion further ahead, is a paradise for scuba diving; there are giant manta rays, whale sharks, tiger sharks, and definitely whales, as one came to greet us u…
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Setting sails to Polinesia

Wednesday, April 10th: The departure day has arrived. After completing the formalities at the port authority to leave Mexico, we hoisted the sails and set off for French Polynesia! The boat is packed with food and supplies for the next month of saili…
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Back to Mexicow

We returned to Mexico on February 28th after leaving Zoe out of the water for 9 months at the Opequimar shipyard in Puerto Vallarta. In preparation for the crossing to French Polynesia, we had planned about fifteen days of maintenance work, but as of…
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