DAY 16 To day we visit the remote island of Tabuaeran, better known as Fanning Island arriving at the Island about 10AM. It is part of the Republic of Kiribati (Kittybaas). It is one of the Line Islands and is a coral reef in an oval form, resembling the shape of a human footprint, and lies 228 nautical miles north of the equator. Its land area is approximately 13 square miles with an enclosed lagoon with a diameter of roughly seven miles. The greatest depth in the lagoon is 50 feet and is otherwise very shallow. We arrive off English Channel the main entrance into the lagoon. The main village, Paelau, is located here with a small wooden pier on the lagoon side of the point.
After breakfast, we carry our two, large boxes of medical and school supplies to the tender embarkation site on Deck A and are on the third tender to head to shore. We arrive ashore about 10:45AM. The local people are set up at the end of the pier with tables displaying their wares made from local shells and cocoanuts. We first go to a designated palapa to drop off our contributions and they ask us to write our name and address on a piece of paper. We can only hope the supplies get to the right people.