Ngulu

Ngulu

French adventurer Jean Lescure has spent the last ten years sailing around the world on his 50.ft. yacht “Isatis” visiting many out-of the-way places. On a recent trip throughout Micronesia he stopped on Ngulu, an atoll about sixty miles south of Yap. Hampered by the lack of wind he spent three weeks visiting the Thirty-oneRead More…

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

After spending a few months traveling through the islands of Vanuatu I don’t profess to understanding the psyche of the NiVanuatuan any more than when I arrived. But I do confess to having gained an unadulterated love of the beauty and traditions of the islands. For the casual observer Vanuatu may be the embodiment ofRead More…

Anatomy of a Reef

Anatomy of a Reef

After three days of seasickness my only thoughts were to get firm ground under my feet. I didn’t care if I ever saw a sailboat again and if anyone cared to ask, I would have opted for the white picket fence and a proper 9-to-5 job. Thank God for my guardian angel and Chesterfield Reef.Read More…

Collective Living

Collective Living

The classic Western description of the tropical islander is usually one of a happy, bronzed islander none to eager to do any type of work. When placed in unfamiliar surroundings this may be true but none can refute the fact that Kapingamarangi islanders keep busy from sun up to sun down and at the endRead More…

Day of the Dances

Day of the Dances

The high-pitched nasal song immediately silenced the anxious crowd as all eyes turned toward the singing voices. Off in the distance, the dancers had formed two lines and were beginning the dance. They moved from beneath the coconut trees toward the open sandy area in front of the canoe house where the children and menRead More…

Satawal: Learning the Ropes in Paradise

Satawal: Learning the Ropes in Paradise

Silhouette in the evening sky, the “Isatis” sailed away in the distance. And there I was, in a canoe with a handsome young man steering me toward the Satawal shore. Filled with a mixture of excitement and awe, I shifted the potted plant I carried on my lap. What a sight I must have beenRead More…