Brief Recent Travels Overview

We are in the Ha’apai group of the Kingdom of Tonga right now. We were at an absolutely beautiful anchorage yesterday. It was an almost perfect day to take kite aerial photos of the nearby island called Nukunoma (which is currently low resolution in Google Earth). But, the wind was just 1 or 2 knots too slow to lift our camera with the kite. We waited in the sun for a couple of hours, but it never got strong enough. Too bad! Today it’s raining and we have come back to town for some Internet at the local sailors cafe called Mariner’s Cafe.

It occurred to me that many of our readers on the blog are new lately, and a summary of our recent travels might be appropriate. We have gone a long way in the last few months. Over 10,000 miles since the beginning of the year. Since March, we have gone to the following locations (with links to appropriate blog posts):


  1. Marquesas – Hiva Oa, Nuku HIva
  2. Tuamotus Atolls – Manihi, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Hao, Fakarava
  3. Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora
  4. Cook Islands: Aitutaki, Rarotonga
  5. Niue
  6. American Samoa
  7. Tonga: Vava’u, and now Ha’apai

One of my passions is using the Internet, photography and other technologies to document our travels. In particular, I’m the world biggest fan of Google Earth – for the past five years I’ve been the publisher of Google Earth Blog (unofficial, but well-regarded by Google). That blog is read by about 6 million unique viewers globally each year. All of our photography of the Tahina Expedition is available in some way through Google Earth. My favorite example are our kite aerial photos which in a few places are now part of Google Earth showing very high resolution imagery for those places (see Manihi for example). You can also view our GPS tracks of our travels in the maps on our web site. I also enjoy taking 360 panoramas – which let you view in every direction (including up and down) – check out a recent example.

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