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Boxing Day   2 comments

It wasn’t really boxing day, but we were leaving Christmas Island and it felt like it, it was a great place to visit, friendly people and the food was stunning, but it was time to leave, we were sad to leave, so it sort of had that feeling of boxing day.

We pulled anchor and turned south, we got our day back we had lost and for the next couple of miles had our own farewell feathered entourage.

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Next stop Bora Bora.

Christmas Island   11 comments

We arrived at the hotel and saw the safe delivery of bedding, this is one of the new rooms at the hotel for which said bedding is for.

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Rest of the hotel.

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A small walk through the grounds and a sign of other guests.

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And onto a great view of the lagoon in the centre of the island, apparently one of the best places in the world to snorkel.

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We left the hotel for a quick tour of the island, not really a lot to see except coconut tree’s or palm’s, botanically it is a Drupe not a nut.

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Some of the local transportation. I can see why as it was very very hot.

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Local wildlife.

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Christmas comes early   6 comments

Six days after leaving Honolulu we arrived at Kiribati (Christmas Island), you don’t see it until you are very close, it’s highest point is only about 5 meters above sea level.

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Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, is a Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands. It is part of the Republic of Kiribati.

The name “Kiritimati” is a respelling of the English word “Christmas” in the Kiribati language, in which the combination ti is pronounced s, and the name is thus pronounced /kəˈrɪsməs/.

The island has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world, about 388 square kilometres (150 square miles); its lagoon is roughly the same size. The atoll is about 150 km (93 mi) in perimeter, while the lagoon shoreline extends for over 48 km (30 mi). Kiritimati comprises over 70% of the total land area of Kiribati, a country encompassing 33 Pacific atolls and islands.

It lies 232 km (144 mi) north of the Equator, 2,160 km (1,340 mi) south of Honolulu, and 5,360 km (3,330 mi) from San Francisco. Kiritimati Island is in the world’s farthest forward time zone, UTC+14, and is one of the first inhabited places on Earth to experience the New Year (see also Caroline Atoll, Kiribati). Despite being 2,460 km (1,530 mi) east of the 180 meridian, a 1995 realignment of the International Date Line by the Republic of Kiribati moved Kiritimati to west of the dateline.

Nuclear tests were conducted on and around Kiribati by the United Kingdom in the late 1950s, and by the United States in 1962. During these tests islanders were not evacuated. Subsequently, British, New Zealand, and Fijian servicemen as well as local islanders have claimed to have suffered from exposure to the radiation from these blasts.

Some locals checking us out.

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After a night at anchor and some much needed rest we had a visit by the local customs and immigration folk, this is when we found out the international date line had been moved in 1995, we had lost a day, we got it back when we left a couple of days later.

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After the officials left we chilled out and waited for our taxi/delivery transport to the island. Once mattress’s were loaded we headed for the beach.

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Unloading the goods.

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Passing some locals business’s.

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Once bedding had been safely delivered it was cocktail time.

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Tour of the island next time.

Leaving Honolulu   2 comments

Time had come to move on, our next stop was Christmas Island, before we left Sean, being the nice guy he is sent an email to a hotel on the island asking if there was anything we could bring them, now thinking we may be asked for a couple of cans of corned beef or the latest Nike trainers this was not a problem, however the email came back with a small list, one queen size and one twin size mattress.

After some phone calls and emails we found a mattress shop, it was some distance away so we caught a bus half way and walked the rest.

Walking through some parts of town tourist don’t normally see.

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After a very hot and long walk we found the shop, purchased the two mattress and set up a delivery date.

Time for a beer. (or 12)

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A couple of days later, goods delivered and time to let the lines go.

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Next stop Christmas Island.

 

Posted June 14, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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