Mangareva Gambier Islands
On the 8th of April, we arrived on time just before sunset here
at Totegegie Airport on Mangareva after a 7:30 hour flight
HB-PON on final approach to Totegegie on the Coral Reef (Motu),
Mangareva , in the Gambier region, is located in most south easterly
just south of the once French Atomic Test site on Muroroa Athol is
place to visit and discover.
Extremely nice, friendly and helpful people!
>From the Airport we were transported by boat for 45 minutes to
village called RIKITEA on Mangareva by Euthyme Carlson, the Airport
ATC Controller-, Chief of the Airport Fire Brigade-, you name it.....
The main street in downtown Rikitea.
The Islands main’s Cathedral
A nice view to the local harbor with many sailing boats anchored and
of Rikitea in the background.
On Wednesday morning we refueled HB-PON with two brails of AVGAS,
which was especially shipped in for us by boat from Tahiti.
At Totegegie Airport building with the Fire truck and HB-PON being
hand pump during 2 hours.
Strong south easterly trade wind............
Easter Saturday morning we departed from here at 06:00 local time, just
to Easter Island.
What lays ahead for us is a long way to fly over water, with absolutely
alternative, other to return back to
Totegegie in case of need.
We planned to fly over Pitcairn Island on the way, and expected to
Saturday in the evening after well after dark.
Pitcairn Island, the hidden place well known from the Mutiny of the