Secret islands of the South Pacific (part I)

The leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race departs on Sunday, March 15th from Auckland and the competitors will admire the waters and the secret islands of the South Pacific. We discover you the first 5 secrets hidden under the Tropic of Capricorn in the world’s largest ocean. And from BoatBureau we encourage you to let yourself be seduced by these mysteries and to follow live the leg from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil.

1. Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Located northeast of New Zealand, the Kermadec archipelago is mainly uninhabited. Only Raoul Island (also known as Sunday Island), the largest one, has a weather station and welcomes volunteers to conserve its natural wealth. Judging by the photos on their blog, they have a great time there.

2. Chatham Islands, New Zealand

Robur the Conqueror, one of the characters created by Jules Verne in 1886, called them ‘a three-pointed star in the sea’. East of New Zealand there is the Chatham Islands archipelago. Currently 600 inhabitants live there and they have the easternmost point of the New Zealand territory, the Forty-Fours islets.

3. Tubuai Island and 4. Raivavae Island, French Polynesia

These two islands are located south of Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. They are formed by volcanoes and surrounded by coral reefs. The mutineers of the HMS Bounty in 1789 decided to take refuge in Tubuai, believing that they were away enough from Captain William Bligh. That was a mutiny that would come later to the movies several times and featuring actors like Clark Gable (1935), Marlon Brando and Richard Harris (1962), or Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis (1985).


5. Rapa Island, French Polynesia

To reach one of the most idyllic of the secret islands of the South Pacific is not easy. In Rapa there is no airport, and it takes more than two days sailing from Tahiti to arrive there. Curiously enough, as part of French Polynesia, it is inside of the European Union even though it is 16,000 kilometers away from Paris.

ISS004-E-12979_NASA Rapa ItiImage courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

To not miss anything of the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, from @boatbureau we bring you this collection of tweets from the official Twitter account @volvooceanrace.

 -header photography by Saïda Hächler 

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