Close to a month at sea and more than 4300km across the Pacific Ocean, you would think having your feet firmly planted on solid ground would be a relief - but not if you are India Tabellini.

"Being on land is sometimes more complicated than being on the ocean. On land there are so many more things to take into consideration."

The self-confessed water baby has just captained her first long voyage from Tahiti, around Rarotonga and finally to Tauranga on the double-hulled canoe or va'a - Fa'afaite - using traditional celestial navigation.

The double-hulled sailing canoe Fa'afaite arrived safe and sound in Tauranga Harbour on September 13. Photo / Andrew Warner
The double-hulled sailing canoe Fa'afaite arrived safe and sound in Tauranga Harbour on September 13. Photo / Andrew Warner

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