We were ready to go to the Tuamotus, but change of plans at the last minute. Kua and Teiki, our friends of Hakaui, marry in 10 j and the cultural festival of the Marquesas on Tahuata takes place 15 j after... 2 good reasons to extend our stay in the Marquesas!!!
After crisscrossing the islands of the Marquesas Islands in the North to the South since last July, We decide to go back on Tahuata in the Bay of Hapatoni. The atmosphere that reigns among the inhabitants is harmonious, their generosity and their sense of sharing makes this place particularly endearing.
During our first visit to the Marquesas in December 2014, We could not visit the island of Fatu Hiva, the Bay of virgins (Hanavave), because of the swell. We look forward to discover this place( and its inhabitants) reputed to be one of the most beautiful landscape of the Marquesas! Read More »
The mango season begins and the Valley of Hanamenu at Hiva-Oa is covered with mango trees. The night the wild pigs come to eat, but hunters are waiting for them. Josephino kill at least two each night and we show him how to prepare a ham dry...
After some shopping and buying gas at Taiohae we lose no time to return to the north side of Nuku Hiva with its protected bays and to find Marina and Germain... Read More »
We leave to the discovery of Nuku Hiva with several stops around the island... most of the bays West and North are wild, rarely inhabited but sometimes in the heart of the Valley a Fare popped up in the middle of coconut trees.
After 4000 miles driven in 23 days we land at the marquee on the island of Nuku Hiva. We find our friends with whom we had spent good times three years ago...
Since 2 days the current is with us, the wind had subsided, but thanks to the gennaker our speed is maintained between 8 and 9 nodes. The crazy-gannets and the flying fish are our companions of sea, These latest hunts by other predators under water, make the treat of the crazy-of-gannets who catch them in flight and who let us through the fragrant registration on the bridge. A few swallows accompany us surprising when we know that we are to 600 miles from the coast.
The days are peaceful between sail trim , daily weather loading in order to optimize our road, stretching sessions…Finally when it's not moving too, DIY, kitchen or update of the blog…We didn't see a fishing boat to 200 miles of the Galapagos , Radar and AIS alarms stay silent.