Sugar Shack Gambiers French Polynesia

Totegegie: A Small Piece of Paradise

As much as we hated to leave Taravai and our new friends, we decided it was time to move on to Totegegie island.  Matt and I wanted to explore this small island that hosts the only airport in the Gambier Archipelago.  We visited for a few days before, but did not have a chance to truly explore above, below and around the island.

It was a funny caravan with Halcyon leading Sugar Shack and Triple Shot (trimaran) and Agape following behind.  We all headed to Rikitea (Mangareva) to meet the supply ship, provision, get fuel, and do a little internetting.  We did not stay long as we needed the sun to guide us into the new anchorage.

There are lots of bombies (coral heads) in route to this new anchorage, so we went slow, watched 3 charts and ran between the cockpit and the bow.  We had tracks to this anchorage, but one can never be too careful.

The water is crystal clear and a bright blue.  We wasted no time and hopped in to explore the underwater wonders.  It is an incredibly beautiful spot.  However, we were itching to move further north into the un-chartered area just behind the reefs.  We found what we fondly named “Three-Palm Island”, dropped the hook and enjoyed the sunset.

Sunrise at Three Palm Island

Sunrise at Three Palm Island

Halycon followed us the two miles further north while Agape remained at the old anchorage.  Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, it does!  The water is literally multiple shades of blue starting with a purplish blue, dark blue, blue, light blue then turquoise and it is crystal clear!

Sugar Shack Gambiers French Polynesia

Sugar Shack Gambiers French Polynesia

On one of our paddle board excursions I came across an island that had a bunch of the sea urchin puffy shells.  Love them!

A Collection of Sea Urchins

A Collection of Sea Urchins

Sugar Shack and Halcyon enjoying the isolated anchorage.  Check out the blue variations.

Sugar Shack & Halcyon at Totegegie (Upper Right Corner)

Sugar Shack & Halcyon at Totegegie (Upper Right Corner)

John on Halcyon Wandering captured breathtaking shots with his DJI Maverick Air drone.  Thanx John!

Three Palm Island in Totegegie

Three Palm Island in Totegegie

Sugar Shack at Sunset

Sugar Shack at Sunset

We enjoyed a few lazy days of snorkeling and paddle boarding.  What s piece of paradise.

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