Here are some pictures from the past couple weeks in the amazing islands of Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva!
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We are in Nuku Hiva and found an actual internet connection! I will post more pics from our recent island adventures in the next post. I am currently trying to figure out the fastest way to get a new raw water pump shipped here. Talking to people across the globe….stay tuned.
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Just a quick note to let you know we are anchored safely in Taiohae Bay on Nuku Hiva. Anchorage in Hane on Ua huka was ridiculous and down right dangerous – huge swell and messy seas rolling right in to the anchorage and there were three boats in there precariously anchored bow and stern on a lee shore. We called an audible, turned in [...]
It’s 5:00 am local time and we are 5 miles south of Ua Huka. The seas are 8-10 ft, the wind currently at 18 knots on the beam. We dropped the main and are slowly making way towards the island under yankee alone. Motion is pretty violent with seas on the beam and such little canvas flying. Every once in a while a huge breaking wave o [...]
Yesterday we awoke from a restless night at anchor on rocks and kayaked across the bay to the quaint village of Hapatoni. We strolled along the waterfront on the same road that the Marquesan Queen had built and is referred to as the “Royal Road.” It was built with crushed coral and stone and is quite unique. Along the [...]
We were planning on sailing out of Fatu Hiva yesterday but Murphy’s Law reared it’s ugly head and we were temporarily stranded in the Bay of Virgins! ….what a terrible place for engine trouble 😉
As Allan (Alyssa’s dad) likes to say about one of the truths of boating: “Sh!t breaks”
Yesterday morning we wok [...]
We are anchored in the famous Baie Hanavave, also known as the Bay of Virgins.
The bay has always been known to the Marquesans as Hanavave, or “big surf bay”. The Spanish navigators named the bay “Bay des Verges” which means the Bay of Penises, most likely due to the rock pinnacles above the bay. The missionaries wer [...]
Yesterday I participated in an ancient Marquesan tradition and got a tattoo on my shoulder!
It was quite the experience. I had my own ideas of what it would be like to get a tattoo but the reality was quite different.
When we arrived at Teddy’s house he showed us the drawing he came up with. After he explained each symbol and motif (hi [...]
On Sunday we rose with the sun and decided to take advantage of the lighter SE winds to make the bash from Tahuata to Fatu Hiva. We hoisted full sail and enjoyed an idyllic beam reach down the coast of Tahuata. As we neared the south point of the island we readied for war. Hatches were secured, dodger snapped in, sails reefed, etc. As we [...]
We are back in cruising mode! Yesterday we sailed out of Atuona bound for either the lee of Hiva Oa or neighboring Tahuata. While we were jibing down the Bordeaux Channel between Hiva Oa and Tahuata we consulted our cruising guide and the allure of turquoise waters and coral reefs pulled us south to drop anchor in picturesque Hanamoenoa Ba [...]