We have been in Hiva Oa since arriving here directly
from San Diego on Sunday,
April 14th. We are anchored in a breakwater-protected area with about
boats. The view here is spectacular; the lush green mountains are a
contrast to twenty-one days of monochromatic blues. The disadvantage
this bay is polluted and has sharks, so we cannot jump in to cool off.
The first day was taken up with immigration and posting of the bond
at the bank
in the village of Atuona. On Tuesday, we took a bumpy 4-wheel drive
tour with a guide. It was a fun tour, winding through the mountains
villages, with panoramic ocean vistas and lush rain forests. We had
Marquesan lunch in Iipona, called "the Tiki Village" on the
opposite side of
the island. We then visited the archeological site of Puamau, where
in wonder at the largest tiki in the world, standing at 2.43 meters
In addition, the massive terraces and other statues of the tiki's wife,
fertility god, etc. made it a most interesting visit.
Wednesday was recovery day for Lois, who ended up with the Marquesan
We will be leaving Hiva Oa today for a little anchorage at an idyllic
called Tahuata, about nine miles away. This island is supposedly the
purchase carvings and obtain a genuine Marquesan tattoo. Our buddy boat,
Makoko, has already stopped at this island on their way from Nuku Hiva
us here and returned there yesterday. From there, Pacific Bliss and
will sail south to Fatu Hiva.
Then it's on to Ua Pou, touted as the most beautiful island of this
plan to exit the Marquesas in Nuku Hiva, where Lois plans to post the
and photos: Passage to the Marquesas and Exploring the Marquesas. This
reportedly has an internet facility. We shall see.
Hello to All!
Gunter, Lois, Doug and Armin