We have really enjoyed our time in French Polynesia. Unfortunately cyclone season is coming and we have a lot of tourism left to do, so we’re having to adjust the schedule. They say that cruising plans are written in the sand at low tide, but here is what we think we are doing:
Suvarov is a national park/atoll in the Cook Islands. We should arrive there about August 12th and will stay about a week.
We expect to arrive in Samoa before the end of August and will stay about a month. (please note that we are no longer planning a stop in American Samoa)
We expect to arrive in Tonga in late September. We plan to visit all four island groups over the course of 6 or 7 weeks.
We expect to take the first weather window in November for the 1100 mile trip to New Zealand, where we should arrive about mid month. Opua is likely as our first port. We will work our way south. We will be in New Zealand at least until April 2011.