Sailing Centime

Heidi Love & Dennis Jud

22 October 2016 | Seattle, WA
21 October 2016 | Seattle, WA
18 August 2015 | Taha'a, Coral Gardens
17 August 2015 | Taha'a, Coral Gardens - part 2
17 July 2015 | Taha'a
16 July 2015 | Taha'a Part 2
15 July 2015 | Taha'a Part 3
06 July 2015 | Moorea
03 July 2015 | Moorea
02 July 2015
01 July 2015 | Moorea, FP
29 June 2015 | South Fakarava, French Polynesia
28 June 2015 | South Fakaava
26 June 2015 | South Fakarava, French Polynesia
23 June 2015 | Fakarava, French Polynesia
21 June 2015 | Fakarava Atoll - North
10 June 2015 | Makemo, Tuamotus
04 June 2015 | Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia
21 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva

Snorkling Coral Gardens

18 August 2015 | Taha'a, Coral Gardens
East of Bora Bora in French Polynesia lies the lush island of Taha’a. She is a high, green tropical island of volcanic origin, surrounded by a circular lagoon, fringing reef and numerous small islands called “motus.” We snorkel through a pass between two motos where the wild South Pacific enters the calm lagoon, bringing in cool water and nutrients to feed this abundant ecosystem.

Entering the pass at the far end, the current sends me drifting over an undersea garden. There are thousands of reef fish of every color. Schools of yellow, black and white striped butterfly fish swim up to me as I enter, like it’s a Disney movie. Iridescent blue juvenile damselfish that grow into bright yellow adults (how does that happen?) dart in and out of purple coral. Orange and white clownfish, Nemo’s cousins, swim through two and three-foot wide bright pink anemones. Artistic Picasso fish have cream-colored backgrounds painted with pastel pink, blue and green markings. Bright blue-green parrotfish with pink stripes and lime highlights look at me with their yellow eyes like they are in love, or at least posing for a photo.

With the clear water and natural abundance it is ten times better than swimming through the New England aquarium. Dennis and I linger and drift, and then repeat the process, until we shiver and head back to Centime for hot showers and soup.

The candid photo below illustrates how Dennis feels about this experience.
Vessel Name: Centime
Vessel Make/Model: 43.6 LOA Shearwater 39
Hailing Port: Portland, Maine
Crew: Heidi Love and Dennis Jud
Centime's Photos - Main
Panama, so far, then into the Pacific
No Photos
Created 25 December 2014
Random shots of our adventure so far in the Caribbean, plus some from before we left and on the way to Tortola.
18 Photos
Created 22 February 2012
From landlubbers to Cruisers in the making
3 Photos
Created 4 February 2012