Posted by: joranahan | July 26, 2010

Suwarrow and Samoa

Thanks to James and Apii!

Daniele climbed the mast with his camera!

We spent four great days on Suwarrow. The only other people there were two wardens for the National Park Service. The atoll is a national preserve. It was stunning, to say the least, nearly untouched since the 1960s. We went coconut-crab hunting with Apii, on of the wardens. The ensuing feast was bachannalian in scope. We toured the island, did some stunning snorkeling, swam with black-tipped sharks, and thoroughly enjoyed the time there.

We then sailed on to American Samoa, which has turned out to more enjoyable than we had expected. So many of the write-ups of the place say it is dreadful. It is industrial, to be sure, at least in Pago Pago Harbor area. The canneries stink, and the bureaucracy was insane (took us four days to finally check in), but the Samoans are wonderful. They enjoy their lives, their families, their islands. Away from the harbor, the island is beautiful. We plan to leave for Funafuti in Tuvalu this Thursday or Friday. From there to Tarawa in the Kiritbati, and then onto Kosrae and Pohnpei.



  1. Thanks for the update! Thinking of you! Hugs from Lakewood!

  2. Thanks for the pictures. Now I can dream of feasting on coconut crabs! Paula

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