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Photos - Tabuaeran Part I, January 2006

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Tabuaeran Island (aka Fanning) lies two hundred miles north of the Equator. About two thousand people call this lush island home.
Anchorage Tabuaeran's anchorage is inside the lagoon, which we shared with Argos, Giva, Ilobaby, and one rusted-out hulk. It was usually a damp dinghy ride ashore due to the waves.
Skaal We arrived New Year's Eve, in time for celebrations aboard Argos.
Fizzled Flare ...and attempted fireworks with outdated flares that fizzled!
Pirates Wolfgang and Ana from Argos bought their fine schooner in Sidney, BC.
Beauty Contest New Year's Day festivities included a Beauty Contest for married women.
Beauty Contest ...which we sat on mats on the Maneaba floor to watch.
Beauty Contest Great Hair!
Beauty Contest This woman was last year's winner, and had her baby while we were at Tabuaeran.
Beauty Contest This day (the only one during the whole year!) the men served the food and the women ate first.
Motorcycle Ride Tabuaeran has a small dirt road running around the atoll's low-lying land. It is shared by pedestrians and pigs, cyclists and chickens, and the occasional truck.
Kids The kids are charming and often come running out to meet I-matang.
House Houses are commonly built on a raised platform of palm frond ribs, with a thatched roof. Cooking is done outside, sometimes under a small lean-to.
Ferry A ferry joins villages to the north and south side of the pass. Here elementary school kids take their afternoon ride home.
Seaweed Farm Two export crops on Tabuaeran are Seaweed and Copra. The seaweed grows for several months in rectangular plots before harvesting.
Gathering Seaweed During school's two-month Christmas break, kids often help harvest seaweed. The 'weed is dried, bagged, and shipped off to make carageenan and agar (ice-cream ingredients).
Ferry Here a girl hauls a sack of coconuts to the waiting truck. To make copra, the nuts are split open, the meat pried out and dried in the sun.
Beach on Cruise Day The island's 3rd industry is supporting cruise ship passengers when they pour in on the Norwegian Wind every two weeks for their few hours on a tropical beach.
Dancers Tourists are entertained with dancing and can buy shell and carved wood souvenirs.
Burgers A free buffet lunch, including burgers, draws stealthy cruisers out of hiding, dressed like tourists.
Watery Drinks Usually we have to mix our own drinks, except on Cruise Ship Day.
Freya II Before Repairs Here's Bwaraatu (remember, 't' sounds like an 's') and his canoe, which we offered to help repair. Just a small boat job...
Painting After fibreglassing holes, replacing some wood, and relashing many of the joints (no nails or screws are used in the canoes), we applied a couple coats of paint.
Freya II Bwaraatu wanted to christen his nameless canoe Freya, which made our own ship happy!
Freya Sails Bwaraatu located a mast and sail, and launched her in the lagoon. These narrow outriggers are fast and sail upwind decently. To tack, the mast is moved aft and the stern becomes the bow.


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