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South Pacific islands.

The South Pacific and other tropical areas created some memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. Of course this was not only fun and games, because in the end of the day we were there to work and provide a service for the passengers. 
Let's have a look at some pictures.

A deckhand and myself, in Vanuatu, prox 1996.

Moorea, French Polynesia prox 1996.

Normally we would be at anchor somewhere, and shuttle the Pax (passengers, or guests) and Crew to a smaller pier, to get them on the island. Sometimes we were lucky and could go alongside with the ship, but that could become a real a struggle since we needed an "overhang" with the ship, which means only part of the ship would be alongside with an anchor out and mooring lines to some bollard on the beach.

At anchor in the bay or off the beach, in safe water.

Crew prepare Tender Boats for transportation of Pax and Crew to shore.

The activities on the beach would sometimes be a full beach B-B-Q, where the crew worked extremely hard the entire day bringing everything ashore.
Sometimes it would be watersports activities from the beach, which was also a stressful day for the crew. And sometimes just regular tender service (shuttle traffic) for the Pax and Crew who wanted to go ashore. 
Let's scroll down.

   Kho Kood, Thailand. The Crew arrange a Beach BBQ.

In a safe distance.

Fiji islands. Tender shuttle to a temporary made pier on the Beach.

Fiji Islands. Can not get more tropical than this, can it?

Around year 2000-02. Always wondered what the Captain and I was concerned about there. 😁

Sometimes we had to do something we called a "wet landing". This was unfortunately not for the more old and fragile, because it included having to climb out of a Zodiac (or a RIB), in order to wade in the water towards the beach. Reason is simple, not enough water depth to bring the ship or the tender boats close enough to disembark people.
I still remember how this could be a very stressful operation. Just look at the pics below, with me in a zodiac. Getting assistance by many of the locals.

The ship anchored off Kennedy island, Solomon Isls.

Slowly guys, very slowly.

Have a wonderful day.

Careful Madam, be careful.

Young and slim, cruising the world.

Oh yess, good times indeed. So happy I was able to experience this before the total commercialization started within the travel industry.
Thinking back, and watching these pictures, the stress will normally disappear and we keep the good stuff in our memories.
I consider myself very lucky.


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