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Tagged With: The Marquesas Islands

ua pou ~ a kid favorite

June 13 – 20, 2013 After an invigorating 26-mile sail from Nuku Hiva to Ua Pou (which only took about three and a half hours), we were surprised by the tiny anchorage tucked in behind a breakwater wall.  There were already plenty of boats in the anchorage. As we rapidly approached, we were still dragging … Continue reading »

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work & play in hakatea bay

June 6 – 13, 2013 Hakatea Bay, Nuku Hiva, also known as Daniel’s Bay, is one of the few Marquesan anchorages that are quite protected from high winds and big swell.  As we approached the anchorage, we couldn’t make out the entrance until we were nearly upon it.  It looked as though we were going … Continue reading »

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taiohae bay, nuku hiva ~ big town, swell & provisions

June 1 – 6, 2013  Taiohae Bay in Nuku Hiva is a major economic and administrative port of the Marquesas Islands.  Even though the Marquesas are quite remote, we almost felt like we were back in civilization again. It’s easy for boats to get parts shipped into Taiohae, so many boats who suffered damages during … Continue reading »

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taiohae, nuku hiva ~ old friends reunited

June 1, 2013 Amidst the retrieval of our propane tank, as we arrived in Nuku Hiva, we were also seeing old friends for the first time in a year. We had met s/y Yindee Plus last summer in Maine, and had kept in touch with them ever since.  When we left Maine, we were supposed … Continue reading »

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paying ransom in nuku hiva

May 31 – June 1, 2013 Late afternoon on Friday, we bid a temporary farewell to our buddy kid boats (s/v Sueño and s/v Flour Girl), departed Puamau Bay, Hiva Oa, and sailed overnight to Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva.  Our friends would be joining us in a day or two, but we needed to catch … Continue reading »

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hiva oa’s tikis

May 29 – 31, 2013   The northern side of Hiva Oa was our next Marquesan spot to explore.  While s/v Sueño returned to Atuona for some provisions and internet, we sailed with s/v Flour Girl to Hanaiapa Bay.  We spent one night in Hanaiapa before sailing to Puamau Bay on the northeast side.  There … Continue reading »

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tahuata, best beach & manta rays

May 22 – 29, 2013                                                                                           The anchorage in Hanamoenoa Bay, … Continue reading »

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tahuata, hiva oa, and back

May 20 – 21, 2013 It was nearing sunset when we arrived in Hanamoenaoa Bay at Tahuata.  As we were sailing towards the bay, we couldn’t help but notice the large Customs vessel anchored near the entrance.  Since we weren’t officially cleared into the French Polynesia yet, we were a tad nervous about our stop … Continue reading »

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our best fishing day

May 20, 2013 Departing Fatu Hiva and sailing to Tahuata was not dull by any means.  As we sailed away from Fatu Hiva, we immediately caught two Big Eye Tuna.  We had seen where the small fishing boats were sitting just offshore, and sailing past them paid off. Then, rather than sail directly to Tahuata, … Continue reading »

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fatu hiva ~ a marquesan experience

May 16 – 21, 2013 Fatu Hiva is a beautiful island with beautiful people.  Although, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated when we first landed at the dock.  The waterfront was swarming with young adults, boys and girls, who were either playing soccer or doing soccer exercises.  I felt small and weak … Continue reading »

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