Finally, they arrived on Nuku Hiva, part of French Polynesia’s remote Marquesas archipelago. After spending much of June and July sailing around the region, they landed on the island of Vava’u. From there, they set off for Fiji on the penultimate leg of their voyage.
For almost four months, their journey had been filled with challenges. Indeed, the seas were rough, their food supplies were limited and the on-board amenities were few and far between. However, nothing could have prepared the two men for what lay in wait near Late Island, a volcanic outcrop off the coast of Vava’u.
On August 11, 2006, the pair set sail from the harbor of Neiafu without any indication of the drama that awaited them. Just five miles into their journey, however, they noticed something strange about the water. Bizarrely, it seemed to have transformed from deep blue to a greenish color, similar to the waters found in lagoons.