The 16 nautical mile wide lagoon of Gambier is a wonderful cruising ground; shown here are our routes exploring the archipelago during our three week stay.
There are large, tall islands like Mangareva, Taravai, Akumuru. There are small pristine “motus” scattered around the reef fringe, like Tauna. There is surf in the south, and lots of anchorages and coral reef.
The wind does switch a lot in the autumn/winter, with considerable amounts of rain, which earned its name, “The Pacific North-West of the Tropics”. With its pine trees, it looks like the San Juan Islands, except a sunnier and warmer version. I bet that it is lovely in the summertime.