We visited one of the Gambier islands within the atoll reef and to anchor there you have to do some eye-ball navigation through other reefs. It’s slightly scary when these large coral ‘bommies’ rise out of nowhere. You need nerves of steel and a good communication system from the lookout on the bow, to the helm, to navigate through successfully.
We managed to get through and anchored on lovely white sand in front of the small island.
The island was delightful, a grand total of six residents who beautifully look after their homes, gardens and a rather large old church.
The locals were very friendly and we traded wine and tinned meat for fresh fruit and salad. The lychees and guava they picked from their trees were amazing and so delicious. I think we will be going back there again soon. The supply boat arrives on the island once a month and we have a barrel of diesel ordered on it, so we aren’t venturing too far until the boat arrives which is due around the 24th Dec. Guess what we want for Christmas then!! We will be having a low key Christmas but will have fun anyway! We hope you have a great time too. Now I just need to see if the WiFi is strong enough to upload and send this…🤞🤞🤞Merry Christmas 🎄 💕⛵️⚓️🏝😎🎄💕⛵️🐬🐚🥽🐠🐟🎁
5 thoughts on “Church in the Gambiers”
Wow what a stunning island! Gosh you have had some trials and tribulations but well worth it by the looks of things! Wishing you a lovely Christmas and you certainly chose a good year to go as Christmas here is very dull this year! Much love heynes brigade and a special hug and kiss to Hugo from Lara xx
Thank you and lots of love and hugs to Lara too. I have tried to send some postcards from here but the WiFi is too rubbish to cope 😳. Hope the Christmas card arrived okay instead!! Merry Christmas
Gosh sounds like an interesting moment on the reef! The island does look beautiful, absolutely idyllic in fact. We’re wishing you all a lovely but low key Christmas out there surrounded by stunning scenery. No doubt you’ve heard all our news over here in the UK, not great! So many are having very low key Christmases. Hoping for a better & brighter 2021.
Love the Nocks xx
On Mon, 21 Dec 2020, 20:36 Halls Aboard – Sailing Kathryn del Fuego, wrote:
> kh617 posted: ” We visited one of the Gambier islands within the atoll > reef and to anchor there you have to do some eye-ball navigation through > other reefs. It’s slightly scary when these large coral ‘bommies’ rise out > of nowhere. You need nerves of steel and a good com” >
Thanks for another great blog update. What an amazing adventure you are all having in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy and keep safe. Wishing you all a Happy Christmas. Graham and Judith on Island Girl, Cascais
Happy to hear that all worked out well – but have been there and done that!!