Exploring Huahine

We’ve been in Huahine for one and a half weeks and we really like it here. The pace of life is slow, only about 6000 islanders live in small villages around the twin islands Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti (big and small Huahine which are so close that they are connected by a short bridge), but the capital Fare is big enough to feature amenities… Continue reading »


Arrived in Huahine

The weather forecast predicted 11 to 16 knots of wind from the SE, which sounds brilliant, but then we had to motor the first 3 hours through confused seas to get out of Tahiti’s lee, then finally a breeze set in (hurrah, set the sails!), only to die down soon after. For hours the slapping genoa buffeted Pitufa with a melodic WA-WA-WHOOMM!, the fully battened… Continue reading »


… and go!

It’s only 100 nm from Papeete to Huahine, so we set out in the afternoon, to arrive tomorrow morning.


On your mark, get set…

Finally we’ve got all our stuff together and can get ready to leave Papeete! After keeping us waiting for dinghy parts for 2 months (the rubber attachments of the mercury we bought here last year broke off after a few months and we wanted handles instead of the attached cord that had turned out to be far too weak to carry the dinghy) we got… Continue reading »


Got our Polynesian Stamps

When the first explorers arrived on the Polynesian islands they were fascinated by the ‘paintings’ the locals had all over their bodies under the skin. The sailors soon got these body decorations too and the Polynesian word ‘tatau’ (or ‘tatu’ in the Marquesas) entered the European vocabulary as tattoo. The missionaries later discouraged tattoos (along with all other forms of traditional culture), but in the… Continue reading »


Don Quijote in Tahiti

When we arrived more than two months ago in Tahiti we naively planned to get a few things done that need the infrastructure of the big city and to be off soon again. Since then we’ve been put off with delaying tactics and lame excuses. There’s a general unwillingness to take responsibility, blame others instead and of course the hope that a problem that’s ignored… Continue reading »