Landfall: French Polynesia

bay of virgins

Flying Fish at anchor in the Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands.                                    Photo: © Jeffrey Cardenas

After 4,028 miles and 24 days at sea, Flying Fish has made landfall on the Marquesas Island of Fatu Hiva in the spectacular Bay of Virgins.

There is much to report on this journey but Internet connections are rare among these beautiful and isolated islands. We will post photos of the passage when we can.

For those who have followed the Pacific passage of Flying Fish, know that Lilly and I are grateful for your love, encouragement, and prayers.

Track the passage of Flying Fish here:


School children in the village of Hanavave in Fatu Hiva practice for an upcoming ceremony.     Photo: © Jeffrey Cardenas

23 thoughts on “Landfall: French Polynesia

  1. Jeffrey, Great to have had the opportunity to see you and Lilly off in Key West. Been following your voyage, what an experience! Safe travels, hope to see you in NZ in the Fall.


  2. So very Happy you have covered so many miles safely and in the company of one you hold so dear! Thoughts and prayers travel with you on this epic adventure of a lifetime! Once again, Godspeed my friend!


  3. It looks absolutely beautiful Jeffery
    I’m sure you have some incredible story’s.
    We’ve been following you everyday. Stay safe


  4. “No one was out on the water but me. It was a moonless night, and quiet. The only sound I could hear was the soft churning of the engine of my boat. Far from the distracting lights of the mainland, the sky vibrated with stars. Taking a chance, I turned off my running lights, and it got even darker. Then I turned off my engine. I lay down in the boat and looked up. A very dark night sky seen from the ocean is a mystical experience. After a few minutes, my world had dissolved into that star-littered sky. The boat disappeared. My body disappeared. And I found myself falling into infinity. A feeling came over me I’d not experienced before… I felt an overwhelming connection to the stars, as if I were part of them. And the vast expanse of time — extending from the far distant past long before I was born and then into the far distant future long after I will die — seemed compressed to a dot. I felt connected not only to the stars but to all of nature, and to the entire cosmos. I felt a merging with something far larger than myself, a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute. After a time, I sat up and started the engine again. I had no idea how long I’d been lying there looking up.”
    Alan Lightman


  5. Love reading about your voyage and glad you arrived safely in the other Marquesas Keys. Happy Easter from your West Virginia friends.


  6. So glad you had a safe passage. Wonderful of you to share your journey to places most of us only dream of. Safe travels!


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