South Pacific

Delos Gets Tattooed, By Brian

I never thought much about getting a tattoo.  Not that it bothered me or was too permanent, the thought just had never crossed my mind before sailing to the Marquesas. Before the trip Erin and I read, and read, and read about the islands and people. We read cruising guides, travel guides, memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction books. In reading about the Marquesan culture the theme of tattooing is prevalent, dating to the earliest times of the culture. Men and women alike went under the needle, or boars tusk at the time, and had their bodies adorned with meaningful symbols. View More

Bay of Phalli, Fatu Hiva by Brian

This incredibly picturesque bay on Fatu Hiva is the stuff magazine covers are made of.  In fact, the cover photo for Charlie’s Charts of the South Pacific (one of our many cruising guides) uses this photo to lure prospective buyers.  View More

Apataki by Erin

Yesterday I had the 4 a.m. – 7 a.m. watch. After four days of sailing from Nuka Hiva, we were due to make landfall at Apataki atoll at 8 a.m. None of us had ever seen an atoll, nor had we sailed through a group of them. View More

Puamau, Hiva Oa By Brian

Shortly after arriving in Puamau we saw a few locals in what looked to be the most promising surf break since Barra de Navidad in Mexico.  The stern hook had barely hit the sand before Brady had his board down and was paddling towards the break. View More

Off to Fatu Hiva

We spent the last week circumnavigating the island of Hiva Oa, hopping from bay to bay along the north side of the island. We’ve had some amazing experiences meeting locals and being introduced to the Marquesan lifestyle. View More

Meeting the locals – by Brady

After spending three days in Atuona, Hiva Oa we decided to check out the north side of the island before heading to Fatu Hiva. We planned on leaving Atuona early so I went in to the little gas station for bread and tomatoes. View More

Delos has landed!

On Tuesday, April 20, at 1300 UTC, we dropped anchor in Taaoa Bay on the island of Hiva Oa. Our total time on the boat since we left La Cruz, Mexico, on Saturday, March 27, at 2300 UTC, is… View More

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