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Cabrinha Quest visits Tikehau

Cabrinha Quest visits Tikehau

@petecabrinha South Pacific Tripping aboard the Cabrinha Quest.

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The Cabrinha Quest– a seafaring expedition to seek out the world’s most remote and dynamic kitesurfing and surfing locations. A quest to experience native cultures in their natural state. To consciously explore the Oceans of the world with passion, integrity, and sensitivity to the cultures and ecosystems we inhabit. To build awareness, global concern, and inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. The Cabrinha Quest is a five year expedition beginning September 2012.

We are water men and women who are passionate about exploring some of the few remaining untouched areas of the world – and we’re doing it in style. Style to us means doing the things we love while operating as sustainably and as mindfully as we can of our natural environment. We aim to operate Discovery, our catamaran at nearly carbon neutral and aspire to produce films and media which will heighten awareness of environmental and social problems the Earth faces in places few people get a chance to see.


Our spectacular Lagoon 570 catamaran is currently undergoing a COMPLETE rebuild. She’s still our beloved vessel that took us around the world in style from 2006-2011, covering some 54,000+ miles, but she’s been radically upgraded to perform better, be a lot more comfortable- and with a much lighter environmental impact. We have approached the rebuild with meticulous planning and care. First we looked at how we could maintain the luxury but radically reduce our emissions. To this end we’ve pulled the main generator, mounted two large alternators on the main engines, and added two small, Whispergen generators. We estimate this will reduce our already light fuel impact by over 40% (a tiny fraction of what a typical 4 person family uses in a year). These two super-efficient and quiet motors provide electrical needs for equipment such as air conditioning, ice-making, and laundry. We’ve designed every onboard system to run directly off a huge additional solar array, so we expect to use the generators in very limited capacity. This added space has allowed us to build another crew cabin forward to house guest photographers and/or videographers, or professional riders. By brewing our own beer and soft drinks we eliminate more than 1800 bottles and cans from landfills.


We’ve ripped out all the old, ripped out all that needed to be replaced, and now have a leaner, more beautiful, stronger, and much more comfortable sailing catamaran.

We are the world’s foremost experts in remote ocean-going travel. And now we’re operating with a greatly reduced impact. If you’ve been dreaming of sailing, kitesurfing, and surfing the world and have been waiting for the right opportunity this is IT!

She has four beautifully appointed private guest cabins with ensuite heads and three crew cabins which sleep 12. A generous interior layout encourages socializing and lends to a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Huge main salon and cockpit, plenty of cooling for fresh goods and drinks, ice maker, beer fridge topside, tons of storage everywhere, laundry facility, A/C and heat, tender and 50hp 4 stroke outboard. Of course all system electronics (GPS, radar, SSB, sat phone, 24 hour wireless broadband internet, etc.).


Renowned photographer Tim McKenna took this amazing shot

Renowned photographer Tim McKenna took this amazing shot of a motu in Tikehau under the moonlight. See more beautiful images of Ninamu, Tikehau and French Polynesia on our Instagram…

@timmckenna Tikehau moonlight Photo:?#timmckenna

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Check out Ted Grambeau’s blog post called “Off the grid”

Check out Ted Grambeau’s blog post called “Off the grid”


Motu Ninamu Resort on Tikehau, a coral atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia.


off the grid

What does this really mean and would you do it for your next holiday? Like the idealization of living life in perfect peace and harmony, going to bed when the sun goes down and rising at dawn for no other reason than ‘to enjoy the day’. Many will put their hand up to the suggestion, some will conjure up images of glamping but what I’m talking about is stepping off the wheel. The daily grind that seems to govern our every thought, determines how well we do or don’t sleep at night and robs us of the very life we were born to experience.

Read the rest at: the grid


Ninamu Resort French Polynesia made the papers in California! This is one of the online versions.

Ninamu Resort French Polynesia Facebook post..

We made the papers in California! This is one of the online versions. Thanks Chuck for telling our story to the world.

Posted by Ninamu Resort French Polynesia on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ninamu Resort French Polynesia made the papers in California! This is one of the online versions.

Paddling around Ninamu

Paddling outrigger around the island is something you should do everyday. See turtles, stingrays, colorful fish and sometimes Mantas if they are feeding. Paddling is great exercise too.

Enjoy this Instagram post. The photo is by David Levin. He is a good friend of ours, and a very talented man.

@levinmedia photo Who would like to go outrigger paddling @ninamuresort ?

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Renowned photographer Ted Grambeau in Ninamu!!

smoked fish

Smoked fish; How to build a fish smoker, and smoke an Amberjack

We love smoked fish, and in this video, Chris shows how his home-made island-style smoker is made, how to prepare the smoker, and how to smoke a fish.

The smoked fish is an Amberjack, which is perfect for smoking. This smoker was built using concrete building block, chicken wire fence and a sheet of metal. The wood dust is coconut saw dust which can be substituded by any sweet wood sawdust. This smoked fish is unlock smoked lox, in that it is actually slow cooked.

From wikipedia:

Greater amberjacks, Seriola dumerili, are the largest of the jacks. They usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. They have no scutes and soft dorsal bases less than twice the length of the anal fin bases. They are usually 18 kg (40 pounds) or less, and are found associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 20 to 75 m (10 to 40 fathoms). Greater amberjacks are also found in the Pacific.

Lesser amberjacks, Seriola fasciata, have proportionately larger eyes and deeper bodies than greater amberjacks. They are olive green or brownish-black with silver sides, and usually have a dark band extending upward from their eyes. Juveniles have split or wavy bars on their sides. The adults are usually under 5 kg (10 lbs). They are found deeper than other jacks, commonly 50 to 130 m (30 to 70 fathoms).

Amberjacks are voracious predators, which feed on squid, fish, and crustaceans, and are thought to spawn offshore throughout most of the year.

Juveniles can be caught in about 25 feet (7.6 m) of water, near floating objects.

Tikehau sharks chasing Chris’ spearfishing catch!

Tikehau sharks chasing Chris’ spearfishing catch….very exciting!

Matt and Chris went spearfishing to catch dogtooth tuna. The sharks were poaching every dogtooth that they shot. So they decided to pursue a school of Jobfish. Matt missed his shot, and didn’t have time to catch a breath and dive again to protect Chris’ shot from the sharks. Watch what sometimes happens spearfishing Tikehau…..

Deep sea fishing Tuamotus

Deep sea fishing for yellowfin tuna in the Tuamotu Atolls, near the Tikehau Pass. Ninamu Resort boat and deep sea fishing crew and guests in action!