Puanani Voyage 2016

20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
19 July 2017 | Yacht Club Tahiti, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
04 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
03 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
30 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
27 June 2017 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
25 June 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
22 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
19 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
18 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
16 June 2017 | Enroute Raivavae-Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
15 June 2017 | Enroute Raivavae-Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
14 June 2017 | Enroute Raivavae-Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
08 June 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
08 June 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
07 June 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
05 June 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)

Market

20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
On 18 Jul; we headed to the Market to see what they had. The Market is located in a big open building with two levels of clothes, food, fresh produce, jewelry, hand crafted items, fresh fish, fresh flowers, etc. We had so much fun trying to go through the whole thing. Kana picked up an ukulele and started jamming, it sounded great -- sold. We spent at least five hours there and only covered half of the Market.

Tahiti Yacht Club and Food Truck

20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
On 17 Jul we left Taina Marina and headed to Tahiti YC to weather the projected rain and wind before making our way to Huahine. We plan to settle here for two days. They have hot showers and wifi. The YC is pretty laid back and located on the outskirts of Papeete. We caught a taxi and headed to the downtown district to have dinner at the food truck stop located at the wharf. All the different smells coming from all the trucks made us feel more hungry. We walked to all the trucks to see what they had to offer. They had pizza, crepes, Chinese, fish and chips, steak, good ole American hamburgers, and many others. Paige mentioned that the Chinese food was awesome and plenty; she was right. It was great to see kids run around and enjoying themselves as well.

Yacht Club Tahiti

19 July 2017 | Yacht Club Tahiti, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
Aloha All,

We picked up Kana and his girlfriend, Paige, on the 15th at Marina Taina and allowed for a day of rest and provisioning as we completed plans to sail to the Leeward Islands (Isles Sous Le Vent) of the Society Archipelago, Decided to delay a day or two more as strong SE winds are forecasted. Perfect angle for sailing to our intended destination but bad conditions for the more tender of our crew members.

We are now moored at Yacht Club de Tahiti (YCT) where the facilities are pretty good for a club of 250 members. There are a fair number of wet slips for power and sailing vessels. An adjacent mooring field that can handle another dozen or so yachts. There is also dry storage for a good number of power craft. There is obviously a great fleet of Optimists and Hobie 16 enthusiasts as indicated by large numbers of these craft stored on the property.

Puanani is occupying a mooring vacated by the local yacht, Souimanga. Souimanga is out sailing for the season. The sailing catamaran, "Mi Corazon" anchored right in front of us this afternoon. We met Mi Corazon's owner/skipper, Hans Peter, in Raivavae the first day we arrived in French Polynesia. Hans Peter is currently endeavoring to solo circumnavigate Mi Corazon via all the great capes. Quite an adventurous undertaking. He's got his girlfriend, Suzanne, visiting while he is here in French Polynesia. Right now Hans Peter is trying to repair one of his rudders that kissed a coral head (Bombie) in a narrow channel just off YCT. After that he plans to continue to Huahine in the Isles Sous le Vent.

I'm really looking forward to exploring beyond Tahiti and Moorea. So many of you have described the beautiful islands that make up the Leeward Group. I hope the winds and seas abate slightly so we can get underway soon. Puanani and I need that "blue water" fix again.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love

mark blossom kana paige

Van Diemen III

09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
On 9 July in Opunohu Bay, Mark and I were below deck reminiscing of our snorkeling adventure. All of a sudden I hear someone calling my name. At first I thought, must be someone else; then I hear the voice calling for Mark. Mark and I both headed up to the deck and there stood Noodle on a big ass vessel, Van Diemen III. We were surprised and happy to see him. We boarded the vessel after they anchored and had a cocktail. Noodle gave us a tour of this magnificent 75' vessel. Words cannot describe what my eyes gazed upon. I can just tell you that it had a master bedroom on suite with a sunken tub. Washer and dryer, water maker, several heads, several cold storage lockers and bunks to host at least eight people comfortably and in their own private areas. Puanani is still a great vessel; even without all those magnificent perks.

Non-Aggressive Black-Tips

09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
Aloha All,

Sailed back to Moorea after spending a couple more days in Matavai Bay. Just can't get enough of these places. So laid back as compared to the hustle of Papeete.

Took a nice walk on the black sand beach of Matavai Bay. They were setting up the beach park for Heiva. Heiva is slated to be a huge celebration that coincides with Bastilles Day. They even set up an inflatable water park, just off the beach, for the children. Complete with slides, a large trampoline, and a pyramid shaped climbing wall that is perfect for playing "King of the Mountain!"

We are now at anchor off Tahiamanu Beach just outside the east entrance to Opunohu Bay. An awesome anchorage in about 18 feet of clear water with a sandy bottom. If you hang out with a mask and snorkel for a few minutes you are sure to see something interesting swimming by. Today we saw several black-tip reef sharks. Small kine (3-4 feet). They just cruise along the bottom underneath Puanani paying little, if any, attention to us. Very docile, like the couple of spotted stingray that glided below us as well.

These black-tips are nothing like the aggressive brown-tip reef shark I apparently agitate at Diamond Head most mornings. I try to stay out of the way the brown-tip. Very territorial, that one!

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark blossom

Breathtaking Waters

04 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
Blossom Logan
First night on the boat and Puanani was rocking and rolling. You guessed it; we are anchored right by the channel. Every boat that passed through; big or small, got Puanani doing the break dance. The water is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like someone just dropped blue food coloring in the marina you can see the sandy bottom with lots of coral. It is filled with fish, all varieties swimming in schools or just chasing each other. Saw a little octopus trying to snag a fish. Looking across the way stands the island of Moorea. It's tall peaks are an awesome sight to see; almost like a painting. I can't believe I'm here, it's a dream come true. Love to all, wish you were here.
Vessel Name: Puanani
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 393
Hailing Port: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Puanani's Photos - Main
Selected photos and videos from our voyage to and through the South Pacific commencing 2016 04 30 to 2017 mm dd (TBD).
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