Posts in category Marquesas

Long Awaited Pictures!!

Long Awaited Pictures!!
We know these pics are way overdue but we haven’t had internet for over two months!  Here are pics from Toau and Raroia in the Tuamotus, Anaho Bay on Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas and a couple pics from the passage to Hawaii. Sorry for not having more to post from the passage but we were naked the entire time and can’t post the pics [...]

We’re Back in the Marquesas!! W...

We’re Back in the Marquesas!! We Caught Monster Mahi and Tuna!!
After 5 days and 500 upwind miles we find ourselves anchored beneath towering rugged spires with the pungent aroma of the tiare flower filling the cabin.  What a surreal feeling to be back here.  We are exhausted yet brimming with an overwhelming excitement, such a strange mix of wonderful emotions. The highlight of our passage was definitely [...]

On Passage – Raroia to the Marq...

On Passage – Raroia to the Marquesas
This evening I am proud of Ellie and her crew.  Any damn fool with a pile of flotsam can put up a swath of canvas and drift downwind.  It is a beautiful achievement to raise purpose-cut cloth, sheet it in at the perfect angle and gracefully drive a yacht upwind over swells and against the current.  That is exactly what Ellie is doing tonight. [...]

Video: Marquesan Manta Rays

Video: Marquesan Manta Rays
We shot this video while kayaking Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata in the Marquesas Islands. Share this:EmailShare on TumblrPrintMorePocket

Is a week too long? Maybe, but it’s s...

Is a week too long? Maybe, but it’s still Paradise!
Ka Oha from Alyssa! Nuku Hiva is a major port of entry, so there is everything you need. There are groceries, restaurants, wifi cafes with free high speed internet, bakeries, a hardware store, vehicle traffic, and, more recently, it sounds like a techno club stays open overlooking the bay which is full of about 55 other boats. The first few d [...]

Pictures from Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Fa...

Pictures from Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva
Here are some pictures from the past couple weeks in the amazing islands of Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva! Share this:EmailShare on TumblrPrintMorePocket

Anchored in Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva

Anchored in Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
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 [...]

Rough Ride to Ua Huka

Rough Ride to Ua Huka
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 [...]

Another Day in Paradise….back i...

Another Day in Paradise….back in Hanamoenoa Bay
Ka Oha! 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 [...]

Breakdown on Fatu Hiva and the Wild R...

Breakdown on Fatu Hiva and the Wild Ride to Tahuata
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 [...]

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