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Boat trip to Micronesia Friday....Do's, Don't, and Must See's?
Boat trip to Micronesia Friday....Do's, Don't, and Must See's? I greet you all, I'm beginning the next stage of my Honolulu en itinerary Majuro solistic sailing adventures in the Marshall Islands this Friday, October14. I' m planning to travel to Micronesia, visit the different islands until early in the year and then I' ll be deciding whether to go to the South Pacific or further to South East Asia.
This seems to be the less favourite way to go west, and as such there is not so much information stored, both on this website and on others. I' d like to know from other cruise ships that have visited the area about unexpected hardship, places they suggest and general information about the area.
Boat trip to Micronesia Friday....Do's, Don't, and Must See's? After living at Pohnpei for two years, I strongly suggest that you visit Nan Madol, which are the old remains of Pohnpei, and spend a full afternoon on the 6-waterfall-walk. You will be guided to the mooring in front of the Mangrove Bay Hotel when you dock.
There' s a tender boat harbour and you simply go to the Pohnpei windsurf club on the first level of the motel and ask for Allois. It can help you with touring and if you are surfing, Pohnpei has one of the world's best right-handers. Boat trip to Micronesia Friday....Do's, Don't, and Must See's?
Boat trip to Micronesia Friday....Do's, Don't, and Must See's? Boat trip to Micronesia Friday....Do's, Don't, and Must See's?
Blue Water Sailing
When we sailed to distant tropic isles, I didn't understand the full significance of Jimmy Buffet's cheeseburger album. So we were with great joy at the next landing stage of Sam's Tours and Dive Center and the Royal Belau Yachting Club in Koror, Palau, where Agustin produces succulent cheeseburger with beacon.
It is a beautiful island with 26 large archipelagos and more than 300 small, arched, wooded isles. It' the westernmost of the Caroline Isles in the Federated States of Micronesia, a few short flights to the Philippines and 950 leagues from Jayapura, Indonesia. It is a haven for americans cruising.
One berth before Sam's Tours is $50 per months. You will even collect cruise ships booking diving from their Rock Islands anchoring vessels. Waters vary in colour from light coloured aquamarines to dark coloured hydrocobalt. The Rock Islands lie just southwards of Koror, a large and beautiful sailing area.
Manufactured from lime stone and washed out by the flood, leaves hang over clear waters and let the island float on gleaming blue plates like wild fungi. It' a great place for kayaking, snorkelling and tying a boat when a Typhoon warms up. We drive nine mile and almost two hour slowly from Sam's to a breathtaking, remote and secure place in the Rock Isles.
The only place we know him is as an A 202 from the Palau Guide. There are no other vessels here and there are no homes, streets or paths inland. We have a south-west facing nose where the highest breeze comes from. Worried that the swells and breeze are coming from the north-west, where the mounds are low and farther away, Jim removes the fortress tie in the tender while I am feeding the ride.
We' re hoping that it will last when the breeze comes up the following one. For all the cliffy isles, it is hard to keep a spacecraft long enough to fetch new-GRIBs. This are the diagrams showing the velocity and orientation of the winds. Barb are formed like darts, with the front facing in the opposite directions of the breeze and the springs indicating the velocity.
Total them together to get the windspeed. The boat is the leafy thing in the center of the circuit. Around 17:00 o'clock the winds from the northern direction begin to blast. We have Jim checking the winds. Whilst the crawling continues, the breeze shouts through the saplings. Eventually we find out that the anchor will stop and we won't hit the cliff at the heck.
Winds are moving eastward, southeasterly, southwesterly and southwesterly. Boat will stop the heel. He took off and turned northward as he arrived in Palau, so those of us near Koror were missing a straight shot. It was learnt that all vessels were secure and the islands suffered some damages, but nothing big.
And Palau has a free association with the United States. While the US army has easy entry to the major ports, Palauans benefits from all sorts of treats from the States. As Palau is just another postal number in the U.S. Postal Service System, anything that is not available here can be ordered and sent cost-effectively.
Palau Guide identified about 80 moorings on the Rock Islands. One Rock Island Yacht Permit is $20 per week and the Rock Island Use Permit is $50 per capita, good for 10 successive nights. It' dark like peasoup. I' d like to keep them safe from the flippers of people who swim on board and wear life jackets.
Rock Islands is a wonderful place for kayaking. Shelters for paddling at low tide, caverns to look into, corals to admire and tortoises to observe as you fly by, while tropical birds, sea swallows, nodes and batflies float above us. One nice nautical avenue and half a canoe from the A420 mooring takes us to Cemetery Reef, a favourite snorkel area.
In the mornings and afternoons the place is fringed with excursion boots, but they take a midday rest, so Jim and I have the riff for ourselves. Once we glide into the sea, we are surrounded by scissor-tail sergesants and white and yellow heels. You will see catfish, ternat and deer horn fish, rabbit fish, orange and orange fish, butterfly fish, striped butterfly fish, butterfly fish, striped fish, mauric Idole, pearl seabream, unicorn fish, red-breasted and half moon wrasse, some napoleon wrasse and many more that we can't take pictures of.
It is a sound and thick cliff with colourful corals; in the whole area we only see a crown of thorns. There is an entry at low tide. We' d be on edge if we brought Tenaya over all the corals. Snorkelling along the northern face we find record corals, meaty corals, soft corals and cloaks.
Is an unspoilt diving site, one of the best in the atlantic. We' ll also go down the Ulong Channel, where we'll hang out on the wall of the wall and see blacktip shark swimming by, before we' re drifting over corals, sponge and a variety of species of marine life into the sanddar. Returning to Sam's is another one.
In the sunset, you can see tangerine dragons on the walls that descend from the restaurants. Which a delicacy to have one of these hardly graspable beauty, arises from the hidden place with its long back flipper, which curves like a floating satin dress in radiant citrus. We' d like to remain longer in Palau, but we have to move further westwards.
The Rambler Medal of the Ocean cruising club for 2012 went to Jim and Katie Thomsen in appreciation of their cruises between the Vanuatu Isles and their land-based activities.