Book Coming Soon!

Volume 1, of the yet untitled book covering San Diego to Australia will hopefully be ready to purchase soon. Many people have asked us why they should buy our book if they can read our blog for free. Here are a few good reasons:

  • Prologue: How we formed the dream and the early planning stages.
  • The entire 21 day passage from San Diego to Nuka Hiva has been re-written. At that point, the blog was in real time and we didn’t want people to worry about us. But the truth was that it was tough!
  • Many new stories from the journey – And there are some really good ones!
  • In Retrospect sections with great insights — so you can see the situation through the eyes of a newbie as we learn, while simultaneously seeing the same situation through the eyes of experience.
  • Streamlined stories – some complained our posts were too long and detailed, and the book is a condensed version they will enjoy more.
  • Formatting is first person, through Christi’s eyes – Some complained they didn’t like the third person format, so they will enjoy the book more.
  • Actual dates on each post. On the blog, the dates are not real time, which is a significant piece of information for anyone hoping to follow in our footsteps.
  • All profits will go to our cruising fund. The more books we sell, the sooner you can start reading about our next journey! So, buy one and get all your friends to buy one, too!

2007 Reflections and Happy 2008!

Wishing all of you and Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous 2008!

We have been doing some reflecting on 2007. It has been the most amazing year of both our lives. The first four months we jumped hurdle after hurdle in trying to get ready to go. It seemed several times that obstacles might stop us, but then at the last minute we were able to overcome these obstacles, leaving a month behind schedule. We want to thank everyone who helped us overcome the various hurdles. We are so blessed to have had so many people help us along the way and we are thankful for your friendship, help, and support. We couldn’t have done it without all the help!

Since leaving we have been to 18 islands in the South Pacific, four places in Australia and one in Indonesia. We’ve been SCUBA diving in all kinds of amazing places, including beautiful reefs, caves, and shipwrecks. Of course, we have seen incredible amounts of sea life on our dives. We went swimming with dolphins and whales and sharks in the ocean. We have been to the rim of an active volcano and walked up a waterfall. We have seen many traditional Polynesian and Melanesian villages. We’ve done a lot of snorkeling, gone on many gorgeous hikes, and taken several island tours, including one on a go cart, one on horseback, and one in a helicopter. We have been to several big celebrations for a country’s local holiday, and twice gotten within a few feet of the country’s president at these events. We anchored on a sunken sailboat by mistake and had to handle getting unstuck very carefully or we would have sunk, too. We got our anchor badly stuck on some coral another time. In Australia we saw all kinds of crazy land animals and ate crocodile and kangaroo. We have been in very rough seas, and once we almost got hit by lightening. Those are all the biggies, but there is much more, too. Here is a list of some of the highlights since leaving home.

“¢ Average speed: 5.94 knots
“¢ Best Polynesian Food: Jenna’s Niuan Buffet, Niue
“¢ Best Sea Animal Encounter: Tie between swimming with the whales in Vava’u, Tonga and swimming with the melon headed dolphins in Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia
“¢ Best Polynesian Dancing: Society Islands, French Polynesia
“¢ Best Tattoo artistry: The Marquesas
“¢ Best Wood Carvings: The Marquesas
“¢ Best Yogurt: Mami Nova brand (we found in Tahiti, imported from France)
“¢ Cleanest Fuel: Thursday Island, Australia
“¢ Days on land/days at sea: 141/70 = 33% time at sea
“¢ Deepest anchorage: 100 feet in Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia
“¢ Deepest dive Christi: 130 feet in Luganville, Vanuatu
“¢ Deepest Dive Eric: 102 feet in Niue
“¢ Favorite Dive Spot: Fakarava, French Polynesia
“¢ Friendliest People: Niue
“¢ Least expensive destination: Timor, Indonesia
“¢ Longest passage at sea: 21 days from San Diego to Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia
“¢ Most amazing land destination: active volcano in Tanna, Vanuatu (found in blog under Efate)
“¢ Most boats in a single anchorage: Tahiti, French Polynesia
“¢ Most expensive destination: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
“¢ Most expensive fuel: Cairns, Australia
“¢ Most frustrating check in/check out experience: Fiji (we were unlucky. Most have no issues)
“¢ Most remote from civilization: Suwarrow, Cook Islands
“¢ Most Unique Land Animals: Tropical Dome, Cairns, Australia
“¢ Restaurant with best value for the quality: Chef’s in Nadi, Fiji
“¢ Restaurant with worst value for the dollar: Hotel Bora Bora, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
“¢ Scariest Event: Getting the anchor stuck on the sunken sailboat in Apataki, French Polynesia
“¢ Shallowest anchorage: 10 feet in Moorea, French Polynesia
“¢ Strongest winds: 39 knots during a squall on passage from Australia to Indonesia
“¢ Total distance traveled: 9,959 Nautical Miles (11,452 statute miles, 18,320 Kilometers)
“¢ Total engine hours: 1676
“¢ Total generator hours: 767
“¢ Worst seas: Suwarrow to Niue passage (waves as high as 14 feet not fun!)

It will be very interesting to see what 2008 has in store for us. We hope it is just as good or even better than our wonderful 2007.

Travel Summary April 2007 to December 2007

United States of America to Australia

The maps show the approximate route Kosmos has made. These are straight “point to point” lines, and necessarily our exact path. For example we headed a bit more south on our first passage than the line shows.

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  • Dana Point, California, USA
    W117°41, N33-27
    Feb 27 – May 20, 2006
    commissioning process
  • Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    W116-37, N31-51
    May 20 – Sep1, 2006
  • San Diego, California, USA
    W117-14, N32-42
    Sep 1, 2006 – Apr 28, 2007
    Trip to Catalina Island
  • Taiohe, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
    W140-6, S8-55
    May 19 – Jun 1, 2007
    Island tour, horseback riding, Marquesan Feast
  • Anaho, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
    W140-05, S8-50
    Jun. 1 – Jun.3 & Jun 27, 2007
    Hiking, swimming with dolphins
  • Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
    W138-40, S10-27
    Jun. 4 – Jun. 6 & Jun 28, 2007
    Hike to waterfall
  • Manihi, Tuomotu Islands, French Polynesia
    W146-02, S14-28
    Jun 9 – Jun. 19 & Jun. 29 – Jul. 1, 2007
    SCUBA diving, hiking
  • Apataki, Tuomotu Islands, French Polynesia
    W146-25, S15-20
    Jun. 19 – Jun. 25 & Jul. 2 & Jul. 6, 2007
    Kosmos stuck on a sunken sailboat, hiking, snorkeling
  • Noth Fakarava, Tuomotu Islands, French Polynesia
    W145-49, S16-04
    Jul 6 – Jul 19, 2007
    SCUBA diving, bike ride around island
  • South Fakarava, Tuomotu Islands, French Polynesia
    W145-24, S16-30
    Jul 19 – Jul 24, 2007
    Snorkeling
  • Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia
    W149-38, S17-33
    Jul 25 – Aug. 6 & Aug. 10, 2007
    Heiva cultural festival, island tour
  • Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
    W149.51, S17.29
    Aug 6 – Aug. 10, 2007
    Island tour, snorkeling
  • Tahaa, Society Islands, French Polynesia
    W151.20, S16.35
    Aug 14 – 16, 2007
    Island tour, snorkeling
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
    W151.45, S16.31
    Aug. 16 – 29, 2007
    Island tour, snorkeling
  • Suwarrow, Cook Islands
    W163-6, S13-14
    Aug 31 – Sep. 11, 2007
    Snorkeling, diving, visit to bird sanctuary island
  • Niue
    by W169-55, S19-00
    Sep 12 – 21, 2007
    Diving, cave explorations, island tour
  • Vava°u, Vava°u Islands, Kingdom of Tonga
    W174-00, S18-39
    Sep. 26 – Oct. 11, 2007
    Diving, island tour on a go kart tour, hiking, swimming with whales
  • Suva City, Viti Levu, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
    E178-25 E, S18-07
    Oct. 12 – 16, 2007
  • Nadi & Lautoka Cities, Viti Levu, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
    S17° 46 by E177° 23 & 17° 36S by 177° 27E
    Oct. 17- Oct. 25 & Oct 31 – Nov.1, 2007
    Island tour, helicopter ride, day visits to nearby islands
  • Vanua Levu, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
    E177° 03, S17° 27
    Oct. 25 – Oct 27, 2007
    Hiking, diving
  • Waya, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
    E177° 08, S17° 20
    Oct 27 – Oct 31, 2007
    Hiking
  • Efate, Shepherd Islands, Vanuatu
    E168° 18, S17° 44
    Nov 3 – Nov 13, 2007
    Island tour, visit to volcano, waterfall
  • Aore and Espirtu Santo, Shepherd Islands, Vanuatu
    15° 35S, 167° 08E
    Nov 13 – Nov 19, 2007
    SCUBA Diving on WWII wrecks
  • Cairns, Queensland, Australia
    S16° 55, E145° 46
    Nov 21 – Dec 7, 2007
    SCUBA diving, boat haul out, animal sanctuary, butterfly sanctuary
  • Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
    S16° 28 by E145° 28
    Dec 7 – Dec 11, 2007
  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
    S14° 40 by E145° 26
    Dec 11 – 17, 2007
    Diving, snorkeling, hiking
  • Horn & Thursday Islands, Torres Straits, Australia
    10° 35S by 142° 14E
    Dec 18 – Dec 21, 2007

Chimney Dive and Niue Departure

On Sunday we had Keith from the yacht club and his wife, Sue, over for lunch. We had a nice visit with them. They brought us a batch of pineapple muffins, which we were excited about. Muffins make good passage food.

After lunch we went SCUBA diving with Eric and Gisela at a spot Keith told us about. When he first told us about it, we knew we couldn’t go. It is a more advanced dive to 100 feet, through a cave, and totally out of our league. However, Eric and Gisela are certified rescue divers, so when they arrived in port, we asked them to go with us. They also have a nice underwater diver camera. The dive is called “the chimney”. There is a sheer cliff that drops from 30 to 100 feet. Inside the cliff is a vertical cave, which opens up at the bottom. As you go in the cave, you look up a narrow opening 70 feet tall. From the surface, the opening looks like nothing more than a crack in the surface. The mouth of the cave isn’t visible from the surface, but just outside the mouth of the cave is an old jeep that was washed into the water during Heta. Continue reading

Niue Festival and More Exploring

This morning we were up early to go to a festival in the town of Lakepa on the other side of the island. Eric and Gisela joined us. Lakepa happens to be the next village over from where we ended our island tour on Thursday, so after the fair we would continue the island tour. Several people had told us to be at the festival by 0730 or 0800 to get good food. It would be over by noon at the latest. We have noticed that in Polynesia, they tend to get an early start on the day. All the markets begin at or before dawn and are over by 0800, which is why we have never gone to one. Continue reading