Category Archives: Pacific

From Kosrae to the Philippines via Pohnpei, Lamotrek, Elato and Yap

Cruising in Micronesia is NOT as easy and nice as we had expected. Although the people in Kosrae are enormously friendly we are extremely pissed to wait for 10 days to get our cruising permit extended (by the Pohnpei immigration officials). Of course by then the better weather windows have passed. We wait another 3 days for what we hope to be an acceptable window promising winds of 12 knots of trade winds and leave for Lamotrek, more than 1000 miles further West.

But after the first 20 hours of sailing the wind is completely gone, so the engine has to do the work. More than 2 days of running the engine later we decide to stop in Pohnpei to get more Diesel and to wait for a better window.

Check-in Pohnpei
Together with the Foxy Lady we experience the process of checking in/out of Pohnpei

The first day we spend with the check in process, the officials all want to see us but some of them take quite a while to show up. Good coincidence however that the Foxy lady ties up to us for check out and we all spend the time waiting chatting, having coffee, cake and beer and sharing the experiences of the past few weeks. Continue reading From Kosrae to the Philippines via Pohnpei, Lamotrek, Elato and Yap

Wonderful days in Likiep and further on to Ebeye and Kosrae

Likiep

With an easy night sail we get from Ailuk to Likiep and as soon as visibility is enough we enter the pass and catch two fish, so we are supplied with protein for a few days.

Giant Clam
Giant Clams seem to be frequent in this area

First thing we check out the village and check in with Acting Mayor PJ Junior de Bruhm. A basket full with coconuts and freshly baked cinnamon pasty is already on the table witing for us. We enjoy chatting with PJ and find a first little task for Reto. The only on the island available USB plug for the internet is broken, so it is a rather urgent repair.

The de Bruhms and the Capelles are all descendants from a Portugese and a German who have purchased this place around 150 years ago from the local chiefs. Their influence we still can notice when we compare to the other islands we have been to. Continue reading Wonderful days in Likiep and further on to Ebeye and Kosrae

Exploring the outer atolls Maloelap and Ailuk in the Marshall Islands

And then finally our propeller arrives, the wind is a bit less and more easterly, so we head off for Maloelap, 120 miles further north.
Once outside of Majuro’s pass the waves are everything else than comfortable, we are happy to have eaten already something and we count the hours. Luckily once behind the protection of Aur life becomes a lot better on board.

Maloelap

Japanese gun
The first impression of Tarawa in Maloelap 😉
Traditional houses
Traditional houses next to japanese concrete bunkers..
WW2 buildings
….everywhere in the middle of the village..
WW2 buildings
…integrated into nature…
Traditional houses
…the same as the houses from pandanus and coconut
Air plane cemetary
A few minutes behind the village is the air plane cemetary

In the morning at 9 am we easily enter the pass and need a few tacks to reach Tarawa (Taroa) on the other side of the atoll.

Already from far the canon on the beach reminds us that a lot of war history has been written here in WW2.
Morowina, Forever and White Hawk are already here and we are spontaneously invited for coffee and cake on the Forever and extensive “Sundowner” on the White Hawk.

The next few days we explore the island, tip toe through the air plane cemetary in the jungle and get accompanied by a bunch of kids to see the bunkers on the other side of the island.

Continue reading Exploring the outer atolls Maloelap and Ailuk in the Marshall Islands