Setting Sail - Ep 1 Blue Water
This is the story of the world's first blue water sailors: the Austronesians and Polynesians who, by the time others barely ventured out of sight of land, had conquered the largest ocean on the planet. Their story begins in Southeast Asia more than 5,000 years ago, when the Austronesians began an eastward thrust into the Pacific, against the wind and against the current. From the islands of Indonesia they headed East, reaching Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and finally Fiji, where they landed 3,500 years ago. From there, the great voyagers set out to Samoa and Tonga, and thence to the islands of the central Pacific. Then came the greatest migration of all: North to Hawaii, East as far as Easter Island, and South to New Zealand. Dispersed throughout the earth's largest and loneliest expanse of water, their exploits remained unknown to the rest of the world until recently. But that shouldn't take away from their achievement. Theirs is the story of the first blue water sailors. Locations: Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Raiatea, Huahine, Nuku Hiva, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Hawaii, New Zealand.