Monday, September 28, 2009

Paradise found

After sailing some exotic and isolated places this would have to be the ultimate destination. There is no other way to get to Suwarrow Island (sometimes know as Suvarov), found in the northern most tip of the Cook Islands, except by your own boat. It is uninhabited, except for a ranger, John, his wife, Veronica and their four beautiful boys who live here for 6 months of the year. There are no shops or amenities of any sort, but it is beautiful with palm lined beaches, the clearest turquoise water that is teaming with life, some that can only be found in this National Park. Black-tipped sharks circle your boat, but they are so well fed they do not bother you when swimming. John and his boys feed the sharks the fish offal on the other side of the island daily and this is truly an awesome sight. After seven days of hand-steering the boat from Bora Bora, the sight of land was truly welcoming. We had a very unsettling passage with variable winds and swell and for the first time ever, Lisa had a small bout of sea sickness. Luckily it did not last long, but a new found empathy for those who suffer regularly was instilled.

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