Tuamotu Expedition 2024

Are you ready to explore the secluded Tuamotu islands with us? These remote and isolated atolls are the true pearls of the South Pacific! Imagine dipping your toes in to white sugary sandy beaches while surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and tall coconut trees. Didi you know that some of the best reefs and reef eco systems in the …

Terror and pride… a mothers dilemma.

For as long as I’ve inhabited this island Maui, my relationship with big waves and the man who dare to ride them has been a solid roller coaster of emotions and vibrations.   You name it, I’ve felt it and I’ve been there.   More than twice.   As I teenager I dreamed about Hawaii and the big waves. I …

TAHA’A, LAND OF THE CHILDREN OF HIRO

In the Polynesian mythology Hiro was the God of thieves, a trickster  It is said that this God had a child with a woman from Raiatea.  Or perhaps I should say that there was a woman from Raiatea who gave birth to a giant.   A nepheline as some might call and they called him Hiro. When he grew up …

THE MAN WHO CAN SMELL THE ISLANDS 

We have to start this blog by introducing the Captain, crew and the participants of this voyage. First is our captain, Titaua, since he is “ the man who can smell the islands”  Titaua has been a member of the Tahitian Voyaging Society since the very beginning.  I had met him and his lovely wife back in 2012 and it …

Turtle Defense Program

OCEAN DEFENDER SEA TURTLE CONSRVATION PROGRAM We are thrilled to announce our conservation project for the threatened nesting sea turtles population of Guanico Abajo, on the southern tip of the Azuero Peninsula, Panamá. Beginning in July of 2017, our organization will be enacting our efforts to establish monitoring projects on Olive Ridley sea turtles in order to aid in their …

Kuna Yala Expedition

KUNA YALA EXPEDITION  This Ocean Defender expedition takes place the exotic archipelago of San Blas. Located in the Caribbean side of Panama San Blas is home for the mysterious Kuna people. The archipelago consists of 365 islands. You can literally explore one island a day. Our 70 foot custom build Polynesian sailing canoe. On this eight day expedition we will …

Escudo de Veraguas Expedition

Come and explore the virgin jungles and exotic beaches of Escudo de Veraguas and Kusapin on board a 70 foot Polynesian style sailing canoe. This hand made vessel is a replica of a Polynesian voyaging canoe. She has crossed the Atlantic four times and she is now in Panama awaiting to cross to Pacific on her way to Easter Island. …

Ocean Safety Tips

1. Before you jump in the ocean to swim or snorkel, observe it first and make sure the waves are not big.  Our currents and waves are very powerful. You could drown or get swept out to sea easily if you don’t know these two. 2.  If you are not a good swimmer please use a life jacket when going …

Green Sea Turtles Etiquette

  Hawaiian green sea turtles have been protected under the endangered species act since 1976. Until then, you could actually go to Waikiki and order a turtle meat dish from quite a few restaurants, and local residents were still allowed to harvest turtles and eat them. Turtle meat was consumed and still is consumed in many places of the world, …