Toucan's Travels Blog

This is the blog for Toucan’s Travels from the east coast of the US to the Caribbean, down to Panama and through the canal and then across the pacific back home to Australia. Hopefully, our blog will convey exactly as it is with both the highs and the lows.

The Clearing – Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu

Main street, Luganville

The wide main street of Luganville, constructed in WWII for all those US tanks.

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. Continue reading

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Into The West – Passage to Vanuatu

IMG_2192So 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, downright nasty ones but never have we experienced such a frustrating passage as this one to Vanuatu. Continue reading

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West Side Story Pt 2 – The Yasawas, Fiji

sister Maureen in the Captain's chair

aye aye Cap’n Maureen

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 much wind. But it hasn’t spoilt the wonderful time we’re having, we’ve learnt to be flexible and adjust our plans accordingly. Continue reading

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West Side Story Pt 1 – The Yasawas, Fiji

img_2096The 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, with many resorts and day charters operating throughout the chain. It made sense to leave them to last, and with my sister Maureen’s arrival it was a perfect opportunity to do a couple of weeks’ exploring of this popular area. Continue reading

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Running On Empty – Denarau, Fiji

img_0798A cautionary tale: If you think you’re low on outboard fuel, best to top up the tank before you run it dry! Continue reading

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Robinson Crusoe – Likuri Island, Fiji

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We were on our way back to Denarau to await the arrival of my sister, and decided to have another stop at Likuri Island (aka Robinson Crusoe Island). We only stayed one night here on the way to Kadavu and were keen to see their famous fire-dancing show.

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