The predominant wind direction in the trade wind belt is east. The chain of the Tuamotus is stretched out eastwards from Tahiti, so in order to reach them and then to hop from atoll to atoll, it’s best to wait for a trough or low to move by close enough, to change the wind to the N and then NW. We’ve only been in Tikehau for a short while and would like to stay a bit longer, but the weather forecast shows a two-day window of NW winds–too good a chance to let it pass by… We’ll therefore head out towards Fakarava today!

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