Panormitis happenings

24 May 2016 | Rodds Bay
24 December 2015
06 November 2015 | Bustard bay
04 November 2015 | Port Bundaberg Marina
27 October 2015 | Port Bundaberg
17 October 2015 | Mele Maat
04 October 2015 | Village of Mele
27 September 2015 | Port Vila
27 September 2015 | Mololo LaiLai
10 September 2015 | Vuda Marina
02 September 2015 | Lautoka
31 August 2015 | Lautoka Fiji
24 August 2015 | Nieafu Tonga
24 August 2015 | Aloft Niue
24 August 2015 | Beveridge Reef
24 August 2015 | Palmerston Island
24 August 2015 | Maupihaa
23 August 2015 | Raiatea
22 August 2015 | Moorea
21 August 2015 | Baie D'Opunohu


23 August 2015 | Raiatea
Raiatea has the ruins of Taputapuatea Marae, the largest spiritual centre of Polynesia. Dating back to 803AD the remains are incredible and today they have become a place of pilgrimage for Maoris and Hawaiians as well as the Polynesians. These Marae mark the presence of litchi cal structures made out of coral blocks that were taken on to the reef burning them to make them blow up. Each Marae covers 300 square yards and with several,the size of the whole site is amazing. These are the sites of the sacred stone loaded with "mana" - spiritual power - called Mata Rahi ( the large eye), different tikis, shooting platforms and 9 ft monolithic stones called Tepapoteaiau'ia.
This marks the place where chieftains got their symbolic red belt called the maro'ura, when kings and queens were named during ceremonies. Raiatea was the first island settled by Polynesians and remains the cradle of their culture. Raiatea is also rich with pearl farms where the nucleus is grafted into the oyster shells to cultivate the beautiful black pearl. They say black but in fact they come in various colours like aubergine, pale green, mauve sand blue. They don't do white and until recently they were the only place doing colours. Now China has started mass cultivation implanting 3 nuclei in a single oyster to increase yield. 
Vessel Name: Panormitis
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 410S2
Hailing Port: Gladstone Australia
Crew: Gary and Del Whitmore
About: Gary has salt water in his veins and needs to be near or on the water. Del is his wife and his sailing partner.
Extra: We learned to sail together back in 1977 and have enjoyed a variety of yachts since then. We have previously purchased a monohull in Croatia and took 18months to sail it back to Australia. Now we are doing the trip again this time with a catamaran.
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Who: Gary and Del Whitmore
Port: Gladstone Australia