nikki wynn playing ukulele while sailing

Goodbye Paradise, Hello Blue Lagoon

Saying bye to good times and good people never seems to get any easier.  With lumps in our throats and salt water collecting in our eyes, we pull up the anchor and set sail once again.

Aitutaki is our next island destination here in the Cook Islands.  It’s known as the “honeymoon island”, “the worlds most beautiful lagoon” and some say it’s “the Bora Bora of the Cook Islands”.  All we know is our new friends in Raro told us it’s a must visit.

The Cook Islands have proved to be some of the most challenging anchorages we’ve ever experienced.  Rarotonga was an ongoing roll of the dice with the exposed quay and now Aitutaki with it’s skinny (in all aspects) entry, shesh!  But hey, now that we’re in, it’s protected and calm…and that alone is worth the effort.  But, with that in mind, if your boat has a draft of more than 5 feet …I wouldn’t attempt it.

aitutaki lagoon entrance for boats

And speaking of being tempted, how about those giant clams.  The lips were like art in motion with their glowing colors pulsing about.  I don’t think I have ever seen anything more psychedelic!

giant clams aitutaki south pacific

giant clams aitutaki south pacific

nikki wynn swimming with giant clams aitutaki south pacific

The private lagoon tour we took was fun, but it made us realize how spoiled we are.  Normally (when allowed to use our dinghy) we’d spend 1 or 2 full days hitting those little islands and snorkel spots. We’d take extra time to capture timelapse of clouds and killer drone footage of the lagoon.  But with this half-day tour we felt incredibly rushed and we could have spent a lot more time with those giant clams.  We’d arrive to a stop and our guide would say “you have 10 minutes”.  We would be hard pressed to recommend such a tour anywhere else but it was the only way we were going to get out on Aitutaki’s Lagoon.

Now that we’ve seen the lagoon we’re stoked to check out the land…just as soon as soon as this massive blow passes through 🤞


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  • Nautical Miles Sailed: 168
  • Date:  June 2019


Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (30)

  • Hank Heyns

    Awesome as is the norm….you two rock

  • Mike Dalan

    if you were gonna plant yourself in the south pacific somewhere, like in a house, where would you pick based on what and who you’ve seen thus far?

  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    Love the giant clams, I don’t remember ever seeing anything like them before live or on TV. Cartoon, very funny. I remember seeing that on TV. Thanks, keep living the dream!

  • Derek T

    Love the adventures, and watch pretty regularly. I’m very curious about your free diving. When did you start? How long can you hold your breath, and as a “no free diving experience” beginner, where would you recommend starting? I love scuba, but would also love to be able to hold my breath while snorkeling to follow a turtle, search for a critter, etc.

    • Curious Minion

      Like most any skill it’s just practice, practice, practice. I don’t think they snorkeled often before they bought the boat. So it’s just the more time you spend holding your breath while you’re looking at pretty stuff or cleaning the bottom of the boat, the better you get at it. You can practice clearing your ears by repeatedly blowing up a balloon – true story! I’m sure there are some YouTube videos or websites on freediving that can get you started.
      Curious Minion

  • red-billed tropicbirds

    Another Sunday morning eating breakfast and catching up with the Wynns. I tend to agree with Scott Hall Hall’s comment. A little too close for my comfort.
    A note on red-billed tropicbirds on land. As you can attest, spending so much time at sea can affect your “land legs”. Imagine for a moment, that the ONLY time you spent on land was to nest and hatch young. Seabirds are amazing creatures who have adapted to a life soaring over the waves and finding food in the massive oceans of our planet.
    We may want to understand that their clumsiness on land is due to a life at sea, not a life on land eluding predators. Once you get your sea-legs, time on shore can be challenging.
    Love the work you guys are doing.


  • Dave Humphrey

    You two make my Monday mornings soooooooo much enjoyable!!! I look forward getting to work and watching and living vicariously through you two!!! We just got back from the BVI’s. With a crew of 8 bare boating, my crew said it was the best vacation eva…. I told them there’s this young couple I watch every Monday morning and watch them on the same catamaran that we are sailing on now!!!
    You now have 7 more followers…. Please keep it going!!! You two are sooo cute!

  • Carl


    What app are you using while playing Ukulele? I currently use Yousician, but I am looking for something to continue to learn Guitar and Uke without internet once we are cruising.

    Great video as usual!


  • Jeanette Brennan

    Wow! Scary entrance but well worth all the anxiety! Beautiful blue lagoon – incredible color! Thx for sharing your experiences with us. Incredible clams! Till next time… 💝🌊⛵️🙏

  • Alan Solomon

    Great video. The only part that would have made it better was to see the vibrant purple coral all through the lagoon.
    That would have been an unforgettable experience.
    I liked the dark clouds an oncoming rain and storm you experienced. I am a big fan of stormy weather.


  • Theresa

    I’d love to see how you handle a rainy day! Your videos are always so good!

  • Linda Jones

    Incredible footage! I love your narration and music and thank you for all your efforts to share a wonderful life.

    In my wildlife photography i discovered my most favorite things was to observe nests, watching the babies is such a joy. I hated leaving them esch day! You learn alot by observation…as you well know;)

    A few species of birds fake injuries to temp you to follow them, as their preditors go after the weak ones. Keeps them away from the babies. Don’t know if that is true in your island birds observation. Nature teaches us that there is a reason for everything.

    I enjoy your episodes and hope to see you on TV some day!

  • Roger B

    WOW! Those are giant clams and all the other sea creatures (fish) are so interesting to watch. Thank you for this great video.

  • Deborah Kerr

    Beautiful water & islands – worth the headache of getting there!!

  • Lance Harris

    Another trip back in time for me. When I visited the Cook Islands I spent 4 days on Aitutaki. I went SCUBA diving out beyond the reef and the giant clams were even more gigantic. Easily 4 and 5 feet. I could feel the water swooshing out as they closed their shells. Amazing. In the mid-80’s the reefs were a blaze with purples, oranges, red’s and deep down I saw many black stick corals. I was told the black coral take 100 years to grow an foot. Not sure if it is true but it broke my heart to see black coral jewelry when I went to Tahiti.

    I spent 4 hours on One Foot island, all by myself. Nobody else was there. Wonderful snorkeling and exploring. A couple that were staying at my resort went to Honeymoon Island and came back covered in sand flea bites. They didn’t have a good time.

    There was a golf course on the island created by service men during WWII. It is by the airfield. I think it is Hole 4 that requires you to “give way” to landing and departing aircraft! They come really close and I could have hit them with a 9-iron shot!

    There was a also a bakery in town that made THE BEST bread I have ever had.

    Thanks again for igniting the memories of my past adventures fueled by your new ones.

    I won’t be boring you with my posts again unless to go to Palau, Samoa, Fuji or Guam. You’ve hit most of my Pacific Island tour.

  • John and Sharon

    Wow, those clams are an awesome sight!

  • Larry Stokes

    I know its work, but I am spoiled. I want to see a story each day. I miss you guys between episodes.

  • Anthony D Sexton

    Another great video! I always enjoy the views!

  • Scott Hall Hall

    The bird is acting injured to lure you away from the nest. Once the chick leaves the nest is is easy prey for large wing birds that will eat it. NEVER approach a nest as close as Nikki did. Death sentence!!The nest is set back in the brush to keep larger birds out.

  • M. Nehlsen

    Now I have to wait another week again for your adventure. Hard to do

  • Jo

    Aitutaki’s Lagoon – such glorious aqua coloured waters and brilliant white sands and the cutest little cotton ball with wings. Thanks Nikki and Jason for another beautiful video.

  • Hunter

    The giant clams made a lasting impression on me when I was diving the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef. Such unexpected and awesome colors!


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