Minerva North, Haven in the Pacific

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Of all the places Allora has taken us, North Minerva Reef, is a stand out. The reef literally emerges only 90cm at low tide, and when walking on what feels like the Pacific’s very precipice, we had the surreal sensation that we’d been transported to another world. I urge you to read this article from New Zealand Geographic, which lays out the inherent hazards and contentious history of this fascinating ‘land:’


We, like many others, made a stop at Minerva North, to break up the often difficult  passage between Tonga and New Zealand. Most boats poise themselves to try to stop, but the weather conditions have to be right to enter the pass and take the time in ‘pause’ mode as opposed to continuing onward, so we felt lucky to manage 3 days in the fold of the protected lagoon. We weren’t alone, though! The 30 boats at anchor around us were dubbed, ‘The Minerva Yacht Club!’

Wyatt and I freedove the pass and found a wonderland of color and life.
Marcus sought some Giant Trevally in the surf, but the surf almost sought him!
Remnants of a less positive interaction with the reef.

2 thoughts on “Minerva North, Haven in the Pacific”

  1. Diana & Marcus – Sooo good to finally have internet access and to get to read your blogs again. Wow the Minerva ring sounded amazing! Can’t wait to catch up via the tele and get the details! xoxo Lori

    1. YAY, Lori L!!! You’re back!!! Yeah, we’re actually hoping to make another pass through there on our way back up to Fiji from NZ, but it’s a bit farther east than we’d ideally go on that route, so we’ll see … (yes, a talk is imminent!)

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