• Moose far from home
  • White tern, iconic bird of Polynesia
  • Romany on Tahanea
  • Moody Moorea mist
  • Captain Henrick on Misty, Tahaa 2012
  • Hitting the trail
  • Vaqueros on the ridge


Baja Mountain Cave Art and Ranch Culture
Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Heart of Polynesia

Ginni here. While I believe in developing deep roots and relationships in a place, there have been a few other locations around the world that I can’t resist wanting to share. These are not the beginnings of an outfitting empire, but brief detours from the work in Baja (and the Columbia River in the summer). They are one-of-a-kind trips.

These International trips grow organically out of my travel experiences. In 2012, I crossed the Pacific with Captain Henrick on his sailboat Misty, and fell in love so many times (not just with the captain)! The Marquesan islands, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, Raiatea, Moorea, Tonga, New Zealand. They were… oh, all I can come up with are cliches! Lifetime experiences, to be sure. But I kept having this nagging question inside of how I could share it with other kayakers. This “affliction” may be the reason I have a kayaking company in the first place!

In addition to paddling someplace and loving it, the other piece that needs to fall into place to be able to offer an international trip, is meeting a local outfitter with whom to organize. It was on one of those courses that I met Patrice Duval, from the Tahitian island of Moorea, who was pursuing his dream of running kayak tours. Kayak Nomad Polynesia is now his company. in June 2016 I will join him in offering a custom trip around the nearly islands of Raiatea and Taa’a, including some frolicking about in 6-person outriggers. This is the Heart of Polynesia trip.


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