Eventful days in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, before heading on to the Tuamotu Islands.

We spent 3 days in Taiohae bay, and the time went fast. On the 31st of March, Frank turned 40. He invited the whole crew out. We had a lovely dinner at the Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Perl Lodge, a resort chain we knew from Nuku Hiva. Thank you Frank for a wonderful evening. We started the celebration with champagne onboard, and invited Russ & Laurie from the American yacht “Nexus” over. A night to remember 🙂
The spectacular bay of Taiohae is a volcanic amphitheater dominated by towering cliffs, and is the main village on Nuku Hiva. The island also has the third highest waterfall in the world, Vaipo Fall, 350 meters high.
One day we hired a car, and went around the island. We visited the famous Tiki sites & burial caves, that bring you close to the island´s past. We also took a stroll to get a glimpse of the beautiful beach Anaho, with an amazing bay surrounding it.
On our way back, we made the not-so-clever decision to go all around the island. Little did we know that the road, not more than a narrow trail, took us up & down valleys, through the rain forest on almost impossible roads. Not to be recommended!
The last day before departure, the ARC committee arranged a fabulous party, with art craft demo´s, flowers around our necks, a fabulous dance performance by the locals & a nice dinner. A great success!
The next day, we left the Marquesas Islands, and set off towards the Tuamotu Islands. Nice wind South West, 500 nm. We planned to do it in three days. The first night of sailing, Glenn & Anita made the special Norwegian dish called “Färikäl”. Everybody tasted it, but I think it´s a bigger success in Norway, haha! The wind turned out to be pretty strong, and it was a hard trip. It´s quite an achievement to go too the bathroom, make food etc, when the waves make the boat jump from side to side, and the hull lays sideways in the ocean. A Spiderman or woman would do great onboard!
York caught another nice Tuna, and Glenn could enjoy his fresh Sashimi. The strange thing is that he catches the fish close to our arrival somewhere almost every time. Always a bit of a commotion!
On the 6th of April, the island of Ahe turned up in the horizon. Ahe is an atoll and the highest part on the islands are the palm trees. So very different from the Marquesas Islands. Located about 500 km from Tahiti, Ahe is 23 km long & 8 km wide. This is the last of the Tuamotu Atolls to be discovered by Westerners, in Sept 1839. Approx 500 inhabitants, and they live almost exclusively casino online from pearl farming. Ahe is indeed a current high place for pearls in French Polynesia.
Glenn & I visited one of the pearl farms with Erling & Gro from the Norwegian yacht “Saphir”, and were shown how they make the pearls. It´s a rather complicated operation. The shells then stay in the ocean for one year before a pearl develops inside. We also got the opportunity to buy some pearls from the farm. A nice and interesting experience indeed!
But the little village of Ahe, named Tenukupara, was a big disappointment for all of us. After anchoring up in the beautiful bay with crystal clear blue-green water, a visit in the village did not meet our expectations. Sadly enough plastic cans, garbage etc lay around as we walked through the small village, but the people here are really friendly. Everywhere we are greeted with a “bon jour” and a smile. My knowledge of French from school back in the Seventies is very useful!
Frank, York & Michael did some snorkeling, and got to see different local fishes & even some small sharks. Nice relaxing days!
Yesterday we headed off towards another atoll, the much bigger Rangiroa. An eventful night of sailing with squalls, heavy winds, rain & shine.
“Stillehavet” (Stiller Ozean, Pacific Sea) has different ways of showing it´s power! Shortly before arriving this morning, Michael & York got a glimpse of 5 Killer Whales playing around & under our boat. Lucky guys! The rest of us were in bed. Now we look forward to lazy days on this beautiful atoll.

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