O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING

A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran

08 May 2013
06 September 2011 | Brisbane
04 September 2011 | 26 02S 155 59E
03 September 2011 | 24 35S 159 23E
02 September 2011 | 23 21S 162 56E
31 August 2011 | New Caledonia
30 August 2011 | 21 10S 168 312E
29 August 2011 | 21 25S 171 52E
28 August 2011 | 21 03S 175 17E
27 August 2011 | 20 17S 178 49E
26 August 2011 | 19 26S 177 46W
25 August 2011 | 18 48S 174 20W
23 August 2011 | Neiafu, Tonga
21 August 2011 | 19 00S 170 22W
18 August 2011 | 19 45S 168 16W
15 August 2011 | Beverage Reef
14 August 2011 | 19 39S 166 06W
12 August 2011 | 18 52S 160 14W
03 August 2011 | Aitutaki
01 August 2011 | 18 18S 157 49W

Visit to a Pearl Farm

02 June 2008 | kauehi, Tuamotu
Nathalie
6/2/2008 Visit of a Pearl Farm (Kauehi, Tuamotus ,French Polynesia The visit of a pearl farm in Kauehi was organized by the owner's wife who is the island's storekeeper. We were 23 in a back of her truck and the ride was fun! She showed us proudly the new island's airport on the way and then we arrived to her farm with a multitude of colorful buoys in the turquoise blue water, what a sight! The procedure of producing a black pearl is a long one but the result is a beautiful deep blue iridescent pearl It takes about 2 years for the nacre (flat black round oyster) to create a pearl. First they must collect the famous oyster called "nacre" For that, they place in the lagoon between two buoys a line with hanging fuzzy black material where the baby oysters like to nest and hang themselves on, they let them grow a little then collect them and reattached each one inside a grillage cylinder so they are protected. After letting them grow in the lagoon for a year, they get them out, clean them and get them ready for the next step: the grafting. The nucleus is expertly inserted in the sac of the nacre by the grafters. Those very demanded and skilled workers come from China and work for two months, living on the pearl farm before they go back home. There were two grafters when we visited, one was a young lady with 5 years experience, and grafted 400 to 450 nacres per day, the other lady had 12 years experience and was up to 650 nacres per day!!! Not every nacre can be grafted, it has to have a sac, then a greffon (which is a tiny piece of another oyster iridescent tissue) is inserted as well as a small yellow plastic bead. Each nacre is checked one month after the insertion to make sure the greffon is holding, a certain percentage of nacre reject it and are discarded. Then each nacre are attached to a grillage cylinder, the oyster are inside in order to be protected from the fish and a diver goes to place them in the lagoon, a long wait of one year begins . Unfortunately we did not see the final product, the next harvest will be in July, and then surprise: each pearl comes slightly different in color, shape, texture the perfect black pearl of Tahiti which is actually from the Tuamotus (they do not have pearl farms in the society islands, the water is too polluted and disturbed they told me!?! We will see for ourselves soon enough) is the most round, smooth, and dark blue iridescent one. But in between, each of those marvel is a joy for the eyes although the expert jewelers reject a lot of them, I think they are very beautiful when they are actually not perfectly round. But pearls are expensive: from 1200 to 2500 CPF per pearl which is approx 16 to 28$/pearl (depending of the size, color and shape) and those are the slightly imperfect one, I do not believe they showed us the ones they sell in Tahiti. It was a very nice visit, always with the warm welcome Polynesian touch, they offered us a snack made of coco bread, raw oysters in lemon juice (delicious!!!), and coconut milk to drink. The visit was 500CPF per adult (about 6$), free for the kids. The visit lasted half a day, lots of it being spend admiring those marvels of nature You should have seen the shine in the eyes of our little girls, as sparkling as the pearl themselves!!!! Une visite d'une ferme a perles a ete organisee par la femme du proprietaire qui tient le seul magazine de l'ile. Nous sommes donc tous montes dans le camion (8 bateaux, 16 adultes et 7 enfants), serres comme des sardines et le voyage a ete tres amusant! Notre guide nous a montre avec fierte le nouvel aeroport de Kauehi qui se trouve sur la route et puis nous sommes arrives a sa ferme, des bouees de toutes les couleurs sur une eau turquoise et des petits bungalows blancs splendide!!! Il faut deux ans pour produire une de ces magnifiques perles noires de Tahiti (a vrai dire des Tuamotus puisque c'est reellement la que tout se passe, l'eau de Tahiti etant trop polluee et dissipee en tout cas c'est ce que les gens des Tuamotus disent!). La premiere phase est de recuperer la fameuse nacre (une huitre noire, ronde, a couleur irrisee), pour cela une ligne tendue entre deux bouees et sur laquelle pend des lanieres de materiel noir ressemblant a des guirlandes de noel, sera la place ideale pour que les petites nacres viennent se nicher. Elles seront recuperees puis attachees une a une a l'interieur d' un rouleau fait de grillage, de ce fait les nacres peuvent grandir en toute tranquilite, leur predateurs etant tenus a l'ecart. Apres un an, les nacres sont pretes pour le greffage. Chaque nacre est nettoyee puis examinee par la specialiste: si le sac n'est pas present, elle ne sera pas gardee.Le nucleus (une petite perle en plastique jaune et le griffon qui est un petit bout de tissue iridescent d'une des nacres ecartees car sans sacs) est insere dans la nacre par une main d'oeuvre hautement specialize venant de ..chine. Une jeune femme avec 5 ans d'experience greffait entre 400 et 450 nacres par jour, l'autre dame plus experimentee (12 ans d'experience) arrive a greffer 650 nacres par jour!!! Elles vivent sur place et partagent un de ces petits bungalows blancs, puis retournent en chine après deux mois. Chaque nacre est inspectee un mois après l'insertion du griffon pour etre sur qu'il n'est pas rejete, les nacres avec rejet sont enlevees et les restantes sont emmenees par des plongeurs dans le lagon bleu pour passer une annee a produire la fameuse perle. Nous n'avons pas pu voir la recolte qui se fera en Juillet. La recolte n'est pas toujours fructueuse avec une perle ronde noire bleute et parfait a chaque fois, de nombreuses perles ne passeront pas le test de perfection des grands bijoutiers et ne pourront pas etre vendus a Tahiti donc chaque nacre ouverte est une nouvelle surprise Nous avons donc vu les "rejetees" qui a mon avis son tres jolies, leurs formes irregulieres en font leur attrait et puis nous en avons trouves des presque parfaites. Les perles que nous avont vu se vendent entre 1200 e 2000CPF (entre 16 et 27 dollars) l'une, tout depend de la couleure, la forme et regularite de la surface. Je ne pense pas que nous avons vu les perles de qualite vendues a Tahiti? Cette visite etait bien sur accompagnee d'un petit snack polynesien tres agreable, du pain au coco, des huitres crus au jus de citron, et du lait de noix de coco a boire, un delice!!! Le cout est de 500CPF (environ 6 dollars) par adulte, les enfants ne paient pas et dure une demi-journee. Pas mal de temps a ete passé a regarder les perles, vous auriez du voir les yeux de nos petites filles, aussi brillants que l'irridescence des perles!!!
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Vessel Name: O'Vive
Vessel Make/Model: St Francis 50' catamaran
Hailing Port: Tavernier, Florida USA
Crew: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
About: Captain David, 1st mate, Nathalie and the crew Alec (12) and Emilie (15)
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O'VIVE UNDER WAY...

Who: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
Port: Tavernier, Florida USA