Christmas Island

Once we were cleared in I talked with Timei and asked for a boat to come out to collect the mattresses as the queen size was too big for our tender. This took a bit of time so it was early afternoon before he appeared.

It was only a short trip in, where we were anchored was peaceful but the lagoon was exposed to the trades.


Passing the main town, London.


The public landing beach after we had jumped ashore. The boat was typical for the island.


Kiritimati is the largest coral island in the world and there was plenty of it about.


The family arrived with two vehicles and we headed back to the Lagoon View. First a drink, guess what?


Timei & Tima have 7 daughters so one, Tebby, was designated our driver to show us round the island.

This is how most of the island looked like from the road, coconut tress everywhere. It was difficult to tell the self sown from the plantation ones.


Houses out of the township.


We stopped at a store and had a look round, we were all taken by this motor bike with the built on parasol.


On the windward coast we stopped at the Cook Hotel, the first hotel built on the island. The beach was interesting, none of the usual flotsam and jetsam such as bottle tops etc No beach glass either.


One of the residents was not pleased to see us.


We also called in at the big jetty which had been built by the Japanese. They have a tracking station on the island as part of their rocket program. The view was great.


Then it was back to the Lagoon view for a wonderful lunch of fresh lobster tail and tuna steak. Prepared by another daughter.


Passage to Christmas Island

We departed Honolulu early in the morning, as usual, and set course for Christmas Island. A six day passage through the trade winds. It was certainly lively with winds broad on the port bow throughout the passage, between 20 – 30 kts and due to the consistency a good sea had built up.

We went through the doldrums but hardly noticed them, the wind dropped and became variable for about 2 hours, good rain showers but next thing we were back to 20+ kts.

We were all pleased to see Christmas Island appear, it is very low lying.


We went into the lagoon but it was too windy for comfort plus being on a lee shore would have made me a bag of nerves so it was back up the coast a bit to a nice quiet spot.


Just how a tropical beach should look, you can see the lagoon through the gaps in the trees.

Looking back down to the lagoon entrance, white caps in sight.


Mark went in on the tender to get the officials, ran aground, got wet and when he got there they decided the tender was too small and said they would come out tomorrow in their own boat.  So we had a nice quiet night at anchor, after 6 days of being knocked around by the trades is was a pleasant change.

The next morning out they came, a tanker was arriving that morning so they had the two of us to visit.


The officials were efficient and friendly so we were soon cleared in.





Mattress Run to Kiritimati

It was time to leave Honolulu and head south to Tahiti. After some discussion we decided to break the 12 day trip up by calling in at Kiritimati (Christmas Island).  6 days and 6 days.

After reading a blog by another Nordhavn owner,

Christmas Island, KIRIBATI

and the comments on Noonsite I decided to email the owners of the Lagoon View, Timei and Tima Kaitaua asking if they wanted anything. Timei and Tima are known to the cruising community for their help and advice, every report I had read or heard was positive.

The reply was a ‘queen size’ and a ‘twin size’ mattress.  The twin size had us fooled as it looks more like a UK single but in the end we got the right ones.

The mattress’ were bought from the Wholesale Mattress Company and delivered to the Ala Wai Marina, thanks Dean.

Loaded on we sailed. Departing Honolulu


The queen mattress was far too big for our tender so we asked Timei for a boat. The crew happily provide sea-fastening:


The destination


Easy to find, turn right at the yacht


Timei after the landing operation


Our first view of Lagoon View


As close to Paradise as you will ever get

A mattress safely delivered


We were then treated to a tour of the island, see next posts, and a lunch of local lobster with tuna.

Have a holiday some time soon.




We had a walk round the city centre. Here are some of the city scenes, first a pedestrian mall which Lois enjoyed walking round:


A bit further away were these two buildings, a Royal Palace and the Halls of Justice.  Including a statue of one of the great Kings of Hawaii.


I gather they are both used by the entertainment industry as film or TV props, how rude!

Book em Danno!



Notes on Pearl Harbour


Looking from the arrival area toward the Arizona memorial and the USS Missouri with the air control tower in the background.

The Pearl Harbour park was packed with visitors, it opens at 0730 and we were there shortly after but there were queues already. A large number of the visitors were young couples.

It is a potent reminder of what those service people endured and accomplished in the Pacific War and well worth a visit.

Pacific Air Museum

Our next visit, another short bus ride, was the Air Museum. Full of interesting exhibits and displays.

Holes in the door from 7th December 1941, one of the staff told us he keeps asking about repairing them but it is a no go!


This was one of the most fascinating items, a B-17 that had crash landed in Papua New Guinea after being damaged during a raid on Rabaul (from memory). They landed on a clear patch that turned out to be a swamp, it took them 6 weeks to get to a place of rescue. Malnourished and ravaged by malaria, that’s some mission. Bet Operations had them scheduled for another mission the next day!

A renovation team went recently and dug her out, a few problems getting her exported but here she is in Pearl Harbour. Look at the condition of her, amazing, talk about built to last.



USS Missouri

The next item required a bus trip over the bridge to Ford Island. This included blood curdling warnings about taking photos within a US military installation.  This may be the reason we have very few photos of the USS Missouri.

Arriving the first thing you see is a memorial to Admiral Nimitz.

For information on the ship:


Then, for the third time on our travels,


Looking forward


Looking aft, the tent covered work on the teak decking which was being replaced.

She was in very good condition, a credit to all who served on her and the crew that look after her now.


HMS Victory, in Portsmouth, is still the flagship for the First Sea Lord. The First Sea Lord hold dinners there etc. I was wondering if the USS Missouri is used in a similar manner as the Captain’s Quarters was closed up although viewable through the door.

The other puzzle is why she was used for the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay? Big ship with plenty of room and close by are possible reasons but the Pacific Naval war was a carrier war so why not use one of them?



Pearl Harbour – USS Bowfin

Mark and I had a trip to Pearl Harbour Historic sites. after checking in the first visit was to the USS Bowfin, a WW II submarine.


To the left of this photograph is a memorial to all the US Navy submarines and submariners lost in action during WW II. There was  an engraved stone for each submarine and another for those lost individually (where the submarine itself was not lost). Very brave men who had a huge impact on the war with Japan and to see, in a physical form, the losses they endured was striking.

Forward torpedo room.


Instrumentation and controls in the Control Room


Looking up through a hatch in the control room to the periscope housings


The initial feeling was how spacious the whole submarine was but missing was the 85 odd crew members, their personnel effects and the stores required for their voyage.

Once you think about that plus the smells associated with the crowding, bilges, rotting stores, fuel and unwashed bodies you start to appreciate the difficult conditions the crews endured.

The galley.


Looking aft through the machinery spaces


The memorial to the left with USS Bowfin





Ala Wai Harbour

Ala Wai is close to Waikiki beach and an easy bus ride to down town Honolulu. Big shopping centres plus all the highlights of Waikiki an easy walking distance.

Sunset the first night.


The swimming lagoon next door


The beach, not too far to walk


The neighbourhood


New apartments in this area sell for $1M for 1200 sq ft and there is a queue for each one.

Passage to Honolulu

Ko Olina was restful but logistically a problem, especially as we didn’t have a car. So after loads of phone calls we found a slip at Ala Wai Harbour, Waikiki Beach. I’ve always been told that God looks after little children and drunken sailors, they were right because finding a berth at Ala Wai is an act of God.

The channel at Ko Olina, this is also a commercial port.


Approaching Honolulu, channel buoys in sight.


Waikiki Beach and surfers to starboard