Goatie island

The Gambier have a new attraction: a petting zoo! Pierre and Lolo (the cruisers who live on Taravai) have taken their two tame goats Fuego and Cacao (we’ve known them since they were babies) over to the tiny island Motu-o-ari off the village for holidays where they greet visitors bleeting happily. They marched all around the island with us and looked so sad when we… Continue reading »


Activity holidays

You may have wondered why we haven’t posted in a while–we were just too busy to spend time on the computer. Right now we have visitors from Austria (Birgit’s dad and his girlfriend stay with us for 2 weeks) and with the gorgeous summer weather we can be really active: anchorages around the motus, Mangareva and Taravai, long walks along the coast and on the… Continue reading »


Our Tahanea article in Ocean7 magazine

Our article about our time in the uninhabitated atoll Tahanea has been published in the current issue (March/April 2015) of the Austrian sailing magazine Ocean7. Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Acht Wochen Robinson, OCEAN7 02 (März/April) 2015, p. 16–21. download PDF (in German only)


Kayak marathon

The summer weather is continuing, we’re having a good time anchored off Tauna doing some small jobs on the boat and excursions (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) in between. Today there was less wind than the days before so we ventured out towards Motu Gaioio in the NE corner of the archipelago. It didn’t look that far on the chart, about 2nm (almost 4 km) away, but… Continue reading »


The life and death of islands

Out here in the Pacific geology isn’t something theoretical that happened in ancient times, but even to the untrained eye an obviously ongoing event. Continental plates are moving, the sea bottom rises and from a depth of about 3000 m a new, actively vulcanic island rises (like Fernandina at the western end of the Galapagos archipelago). The ragged cliffs rise higher and higher, developing a… Continue reading »