This Is Why We Live On A SailBoat!
Living on the ocean sounds romantic, but that isn’t what motivated us to move aboard a sailboat. Sailing for us is about exploring the far flung reaches of the world and discovering places we don’t yet know exist.
Tikehau is one of those places!
We didn’t know what an atoll really was, much less where one was just a couple of years ago. Now, we’re exploring one of the most notorious stretches of atolls in the world. The Tuamotu Archipelago! To say we’re stoked would be an understatement.
Skinny landscapes like I have never seen, manta rays a swimming, schools of fish abound, and sunscape’s that could subdue any soul. From our salty lenses to your screen, here’s a tiny slice of what we have seen.
It’s a strange sense of satisfaction to make it to a part of the world I have dreamed most of my life…but didn’t know was real. That is what the Tuamotu atolls are. A dream world, hiding out just above the waterline in the South Pacific.
Should you find yourself in this part of the world, it’s good to know there’s not much going on. Most of the motu’s (tiny islets) are uninhabited, and other than a dive boat from the private hotel you might not see another soul.
There is a sleepy little town called Tuherahera which is where we anchored the first few nights. Our cell phones spat out “EDGE” connectivity too slow for even a single email.
There was one small, family run resort that was willing to let us come ashore. They had cold beer and working WiFi (albeit slow). It’s called the Royal Tikehau. The owners were welcoming and even opened the bar a little early for us so we could upload some photos to Instagram. But we came here to disconnect & dive so wifi wasn’t a priority.
As for disconnecting and diving, this is one of the best spots we’ve ever sailed too. Tikehau, we’re sad to leave you…but the dolphins in the next atoll are calling.
Manta Manta, Don’t-cha Wanna Save The Mantas
The Manta Rays were a big draw for us. They are magical creatures and we’ll gladly sail a few hundred miles to have private hang out sessions.
Sadly, the locals say the manta numbers have been dwindling. Choosing sustainably caught seafood can make a big difference.
“Our oceans are now in a state of global crisis, brought about by ocean warming, acidification, pollution, habitat destruction and overfishing – the single biggest threat to ocean life. Today nearly 90% of the world’s marine stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or depleted.” -Mantatrust.org
There are lots of organizations out there doing their best to spread awareness and education about our oceans. Their websites are chock full of info and it’s where we go to learn about ways we can do our part. 5Gyres, Oceana and Manta Trust are just a few.
But, we are talking about Mantas…so here are five tips to eat more sustainably and help save Mantas: https://www.mantatrust.org/eat-sustainably
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Date: March 2019
Can you guys do a video on day to day life on the boat? I’m curious about meals and prep and just generally what a typical day is like! You both always look so great and not sunburned, salty and sweaty sea farers so I’m fascinated about how you do it!
There is a whole Q&A section on the sailing page of the blog where Nikki & Jason have answered a lot of questions about day-to-day life. Check it out & happy reading.
Ken Zielinski aboard S/V Maretine
Are you sure it’s the starter? I think I recall you had Yanmars. There is a fuse in tbe harness. If the cluster doesn’t have lights or low oil pressure alarm start there. If you have lights or alarm , and since Nikki said it started and you did service it, perhaps perhaps the start voltage is less than the starter solinoid would like. That was a problem with my 3GM on my IP31. Jump a b+ lead to the solinoid. Sometimes corrosion in the harness, contacts add resistance. To eliminate that known problem, people have added a relay that uses less power whose purpose is to jump a B+ lead to the solinoid without all that wire running from tbe wngine harness fuse to the controls, neutral switch then back to the engine. When I thought I had your problem, I was bringing my boat home from the broker, I couldn’t start, or started intermittently but was hearing clicking. I found that the nuts on that added solinoid were loose on the contactor wires for the starter solinoid that once tightenedthings worked. Assure your neutral switch is in neutral , should you have one. That switch will disable power to any relay. If there is a desperate situation, there are levers for each cylinder that release compression. If you can spin the crankshaft like a lawnmower starter cord or a drill, when speede is sufficient get everything away from moving parts and simultaniously flip those levers, maybe 1 at a time and the diesel may kick on. Good luck.
Thanks a million for your kindness in sharing your images of such wonderful parts of our planet.
I am very grateful…
Gorgeous. Skimming through some of the videos you can certainly see your graceful transformation into comfortable voyaging sailors. Any thoughts comparing your RV days to your sailing days?
Bret A Pemberton
As always. Another fantastic film and narrative. I am a retired Navy Diver and as we say in the Navy . “Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight”. Not sure if you have ever heard that one. You are so lucky to love the life that you have and we are so lucky that you share it with us. Thanks Much
Dream World, beautiful. Thanks for sharing😻
seeing so many videos where you are in the water with sharks close by how do you know when it is safe and when it is not safe
Why are both cats not enjoying real land?
Cleo isn’t much for walks. She’s more of a napping in the sunshine kind of girl.
Your videos just. make. me. happy!
I see you Singa! Sitting on the beach, you lovely adventurous kitty! I hope your friend Cleo is nice and comfy at home on board. Love you two cats! Such bold sea-farers! Have a thing for cats, me…..
Cleo stayed behind to guard the boat! She’s more of a napper than a walker, so she prefers to stay at home.
Just curious, do your cats like fish and do they ever get in the water? Stay safe and have fun.
The cats love fish and it’s a big part of their daily diet. Singa tries to catch his own fish & has fallen off the sugar scoops or the paddleboard trying to do that. He just climbs right back up, gets a freshwater rinse & then he can try again.
Thank you. I feel congratulations are in order for both of you arriving at this incredible spot. One of many incredible spots. Congratulations for your determination, your ongoing thirst for adventure and so many other character assets that brought you here. Thank you for bringing us with you. I know I am overly inspired and enthusiastic about what I am seeing. I have strong feelings that you both have inspired many more of us too. Thank you. Great Singa video by the way…
There is one question I had. I saw two buildings in today’s video on one or more of these atolls. One of them seemed a lot more intact than the other. Do you know, are there people living on these atolls or is the open ocean to unpredictable??
Thank you for the wonderful adventures! I’ve enjoyed each and every one.
Great photo s many people have never had the chance to scuba this was a wonderful way to share with others. I always try to encourage others to learn to scuba as your photo s share the story and open up another world..I to have been following you both since your R.V days…
Great Cat and lifestyle the best!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventures with us.Its nice to know that some people still feel good about life and how it was meant to be enjoyed.
You have started a great community here as well.
I have been a follower for a long time from RV to sailboat….Again, thank you for sharing all of your adventures with us. You guys are awesome! Your videos are all great, what great photography.
Blessings to you on all of your adventures ahead.
Love the video’s, as I’ve been watching since your motorhome method of travel! I’m not really a water person, or a cat person, and I most certainly wouldn’t dive anywhere near sharks, but I’m glad you’re sharing the sights you’re seeing. I’ve been to Playa Del Carmen, and did some diving there, and saw all the fish I need to see, as I’ve always felt, once you’ve seen one, there’s no need to see more, as the world is filled with other sights to fill our souls! I’ll be keeping my feet on terra firma, and watching your motorhome travel sessions, as I’ve picked one up myself, and want to see all ends of North America, and enjoy the social aspects of others doing the same. I of course respect your choice, and can watch from the comfort & safety of my home, whether my sticks & bricks or motorhome….but I really should get back to watching your solar video’s! Thanks for the beautiful scenes, and stay safe you two!
Thank you for sharing! Always happy to sit back and enjoy the rewards of your hard work and great professional videos. Just love seeing more of Cleo and Singa, happy cats. : )
Stunning views everywhere. How is Cleo? Been wondering about her. Glad Singa got to stretch her land legs.
Cleo is doing very well, but she’s far too dignified to get her feet all dirty & wet on a hike. She’s more of a “nap in a sunny spot” kind of gal.
Did you lose on of your Feline family? I did not think I saw anything about it.
Beautiful location for sure. I am amazed you found a mask there. There must be more tourists than you show.
Have you heard of the movement in Europe for people to quit flying to help the environment?
I fear for the planet that we are trying to destroy.
We spent last night listening to jazz along the Mississippi watching an awesome sunset!
Cleo is fine, but she’s far too dignified to get her feet all dirty on a hike. She’s more of a “nap in a sunny spot” kind of gal.
Thank you for replying.
Beautiful, thanks for sharing, just curious why you didn’t take both cats to the island for a walk.
Jason and Nicki have commented on previous videos and posts about Cleo being a home body… this is likely why he is never featured on their land walks & hikes ^_^ I’ve had cats my whole life (46 years) and only my present kitty likes going on walks (she thinks she’s a dog!).
Elisa nailed it: Cleo is just not into walks and would rather stay home & nap in a sunny window. She is very much a cat and Singa behaves more like a dog.
Borderline cell connectivity: consider WeBoost 4GX. Mount the antenna on the mast, then put the distribution panel NEAR your phone and away from the router box itself. Voila!
We do have the WeBoost installed on our boat but that only helps if there is something good to boost. The connectivity here is already being repeated from soooooo very far away. No data here unless you have a satellite. 😉
I like your lifestyle & enjoy watching everyone of your video’s
Bernie in Palm Springs CA.
Excellent video – as always! Thx for the great adventures. You make my Sundays Fundays! Thanks! Stay safe and enjoy every single second of life. 🌊⛵️🙏💗
Roy V Bertalotto
How long does it take to upload a video such as this with slow wifi?
They happen to have “blazing” wifi by South Pacific standards & this one took close to 2 hours. Sometimes it’s so slow that they’ve left a laptop (old one, nothing else on it) with a bar or cafe owner overnight so that it can chug away.
Curious Minion is talking about where we uploaded this video, which is from Tonga. The wifi here in Tonga is much faster.
We were not able to upload a video from this atoll. We found some wifi at the next atoll and a video upload took 1.5 days.
Hi everyone, its been a while since I have commented so this gorgeous video was what has inspired me to reconnect with you.I am the guy who reached out to you when you had your last meet and greet in Florida some time back(but I wasn’t able to be there unfortunately).It must seem like a life time for you considering everywhere you have travelled since.It was so cool to see Singa in the dingy and on the beach(so cool).I always tell my cat Mouse(yes I have a cat named Mouse,LOL)when i’m watching your videos and I tell her “i’m watching my cat loving world traveling friends”(if I may call you friends,I hope)and I try to get her to watch, but to no avail.Anyways,I am speechless at how insanely beautiful and pristine that area of the world is.I am sad to hear about the plight of the Manta rays and will do whatever I can in my life as a HUGE animal and environmental advocate to help out.You both are amazing, you truly are.I have been watching you guys for a while now and the way you present any and all information about everything from a to z is informative, educational,inspiring and motivational and I am a huge fan.Your video quality is just amazing to see.I am an avid photographer(mostly of Mouse right now,LOL)and I plan on getting my first drone sometime soon.You all(cats included)are truly inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone and start traveling and get out and experience the breathtaking world we live in.Especially as I have learned from personal experience(catastrophic burn injuries some 7 years ago in a work place accident)that tomorrow, truly is not promised to anyone.I look forward to continued communication now that I have reached out again, your friends,Mouse and Kevin B
At 4:38 there is a building that is standing in water. What’s the deal? Is the sea rising or the land sinking, or do they just like to build in the water there?
Some of the best pitchers and information its almost like we are their. My wife and i can not Harley wait to start our own adventure .
Fabulous guys, look forward to it every week!! Stay safe and enjoy.
Your video Post Cards are so AWESOME AND AMAZING!
I’m sad when they end.
Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Such a cool spot! As I’ve watched your vids, your free dives have become longer and longer. Have you tracked (roughly) your lung capacity from early on to now?
Thank you both for expanding my world in such an extraordinary way!
‘ Tho stuck on the Connecticut coast I am with you in spirit !
Continued bon voyage !
Always enjoy your videos