The kids were seriously deadly scared of them and refused to walk through the island as they were everywhere! Luckily they are still small enough to get carried a few 100 m...
Suwarrow was for many years home of a New Zealand hermit. Tom Neale, who wrote of his life in a book “An island to Oneself”, lived here for 6 years totally alone. Amazing story to read as he explains how he manages to get food by fishing, planting a garden to grow vegetables (however 5 pigs on the island are his worst enemies and he challenges them…), building what it is needed to catch rainwater, a kitchen and stove to cook and so on. Everything that we take for granted in our civilised world was for him a total challenge to fix to survive. A book worth reading! Jörgen standing by his statue. We entered his house, going through his library, his “office” and his kitchen.
Normally a caretaker and his family live on the atoll for half of the year, their solitude disturbed only by the visiting yachts! They used to arrive in April after the cyclone season is over and get their home set up for the season. However we heard that the wife was not keen to come anymore so far as know, no more caretaker for the moment being… 6 years ago a 2 store building was added to the island. The foundations houses a big water catchment tank that takes water off the large steel roof. The first floor is open and serves as the living and area, now affectioanately called the Suwarrow Yacht Club!
View from where Tom Neale took his sundowner (tea!) every evening.
Suwarrow is a National Park with quite many restrictions. However you wonder what is the big deal when only sailors, probably maximum 40 per year come and make a pitstop for a few days before heading further west towards more civilised islands...
A new palm tree coming out...
After our first landfall on the island and carrying Alex and Inez across the island we had a nice walk along the East coast.
Amazingly and really unfortunately even on a total remote and uninhabited island such as Suwarrow, we find trash …. ;-(. So we start picking what we see and get bag full of rubbish.
We managed to take a walk at low tide and were stunned by the different landscape.
Coming back to the beach we found this swing that was very much appreciated!