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Easy Living – Ratua Private Island, Vanuatu

We were keen to get out of Luganville in order to catch up with our cruising buddies on ‘Rehua’ who we hadn’t seen for a couple of months. They were anchored off Ratua island, just a few miles away, and … Continue reading

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The Clearing – Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu

Clearing in is always an interesting process when you’re on a yacht. It usually requires a large helping of patience, good humour, stamina, and orienteering ability, and Vanuatu didn’t let us down on any of these counts.

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Into The West – Passage to Vanuatu

So here we are again, chasing sunsets (and our friends on Rehua) as we travel ever further west across the Pacific towards Australia. During our voyaging we’ve experienced a whole gamut of passages – boring ones, bumpy ones, beautiful ones, … Continue reading

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West Side Story Pt 2 – The Yasawas, Fiji

During the two weeks Maureen’s been with us, we’ve experienced the full spectrum of Fiji weather (bar a cyclone!). Thunderstorms and torrential rain, no wind, wind from the ‘wrong’ direction (which is always where we’re planning on going) or too … Continue reading

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West Side Story Pt 1 – The Yasawas, Fiji

The Yasawas are the westernmost group of islands in Fiji, stretching almost 80 kilometres on a NE/SW axis. They’re volcanic and mountainous and as well as being home to many local villages they’re also a mecca for the tourist industry, … Continue reading

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Running On Empty – Denarau, Fiji

A cautionary tale: If you think you’re low on outboard fuel, best to top up the tank before you run it dry!

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