Ua Pou proved to be a fine stop. We anchored in Hakahau Bay, the capital of the island.
|Adam powers down another PERFECT mango|
The next day, together with our friends Aaron and Nicole from s/v Bella Star, we set out to find a trail we'd read about, going cross island to the town of Hakahetau. Armed with a bit of water and some granola bars, off we went to do a nice little hike. So we thought! After asking several locals how to find the trail (several said there is no such trail, only the 16 km main (dirt) road, a nice farmer finally walked with us to be sure we were off on the right foot. The trail proceeded to climb 2 ridges as we made our way across the island. In places it was more of a goat track, and we got lost several times.
|The ONLY trail marker on the 10 mile trek|
|Aaron demonstrates fine rope work...in flip flops no less!!!|
After Ua Pou we headed over to Nuku Hiva, about 25 miles to the north. This is the largest island in the Marquesas, and is the archipelago's capital as well. Taiohae Bay is the primary town, and we settled in comfortably in the huge anchorage, the caldera of an extinct volcano.
|Adam's new ink.....what do ya think???|
Aaron went with a manta ray motif....a winner!
Turns out that Francois is the grandson of Daniel, of Daniel's Bay, an anchorage about 5 miles to the west. He had the logs from past cruisers to the bay, and we enjoyed reading the messages from yachts over the past 25 years who visited.
|Friends aboard Kashmira...still cruising 14 years after this was written!|
Saw log entries from several yachts that we know from crossing paths in anchorages in our wake....great!
Taiohae Bay has numerous grocery stores, a hardware store of sorts, a couple of small restaurants.....very pretty. We stayed for several days.
|Tatooed host Teiki strikes a warrior pose...a wild and crazy guy, with his tats done the TRADITIONAL way!|
|Augustine invited us in for some of his homemade papaya wine and fresh fruits|
|2 week old papaya wine went down VERY easily!|
|How do YOU spell paradise??? This has got to be pretty close!!!|
|Must be the prettiest site for a phone booth in the world! Serves about 6 houses!|
|A Rorschach test??? .........nah!|
|Sharks in a daily feeding frenzy when the fishermen clean their catch at the dock.....no worries, just don't fall in!!!|
We've just returned from Daniels Bay to Taiohae. We're waiting for better winds to take us on our next passage to the Tuamoto Islands, a bit over 400 miles away. Looks like this may be in 2 days, so we'll just have to hang out here in yet another corner of paradise.....life is good!