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Off the beaten path

by Noonsite 12 Aug 2023 22:33 UTC
Omoka, the main village on Penrhyn - main wharf on left, boat harbour on right © Robert Robson

Penrhyn is the northern-most of the Cook Islands and probably the most remote and difficult to access, but is well worth the effort according to Canadian cruisers Ian Hay and Ann Montgomery of SV Afrikii, who visited there in May 2023.

Ann told Noonsite, "This is my second time across the Pacific, but first time to Penrhyn and I have to say it is our favourite island (and we loved French Polynesia, especially the Marquesas). It is not on the straight-line path towards Tonga if you are coming from French Polynesia, but it is so well worth the few days north to get here, it really is." Read their report here.

Tom Robinson's (the rower) lengthy 4-part blog on his stay in Penrhyn is also a very informative read. Tom is currently on a journey to become the youngest person ever to row across the Pacific Ocean.

Just 10 square miles with a population of a little over 11,000 people, Tuvalu is a tiny Pacific nation not like any other South Pacific island. Harry Pattison and Joy Archer of SY Oh Joy II visited recently en-route to the Marshall Islands from Tonga and found the islanders to be a delight, genuinely interested in the visiting yacht, the only tourists there.

Read their report here.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of noonsite.com.

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