In November, Jim accepted 2 new crewmates on Akela : Nico and me, Marine, two dive instructors from Fakarava, dreaming to come back to the Marquesas Islands for the festival on Ua Pou in December. The first step was Tetamanu, in the south of Fakarava to dive with the gang on two other sailing boats, … Continue reading On the road to the Marquesas Festival
Our last island to visit in the Marquesas was Ua Pou (pronounced like Wa-Poo). This is one of the smallest islands, diamond shaped with 40 square miles. But it is the tallest island, with dagger-like amazing spires that extend to 4000 ft. Much of the 2000 population live in the town of Hakahau. We spent … Continue reading Ua Pou
The main island of the Marquesas is Nuku Hiva, roughly 10 x 15 miles with over 3000 people. On the south side of the island, there are 3 large, lush valleys. The center one is Taiohae which has 2/3 of the population as well as the being the government seat for the Marquesas. As the … Continue reading Nuku Hiva
Ua Huka is a small island of 30 square miles due East of Nuku Hiva, with only 3 tiny towns and 600 people total. We stayed on the southern coast at Ua Huka 5 days before returning to Nuku Hiva to resupply baguettes and pick up Matt. With Tony aboard, we set sail for Ua … Continue reading Ua Huka
Here are some pictures from Fatu Hiva. I'll add comments if I can get connect to the www.
The island of Fatu Hiva is 40 miles upwind from Tahuata. We made the trip motor-sailing, using the power from the diesel engine to get upwind with the mainsail pulled in tight to give stability. Of course it’s possible to sail a boat upwind without the engine by tacking. The boat never goes directly upwind, … Continue reading Fatu Hiva
We spent over a week on Tahuata Island, which is just to the south of Hiva Oa. Tahuata is small, with about 27 square miles, and mountainous, and only 700 people live there. We stayed at three places on the western side of the island. Our first stop was Hanamoenoa Bay which is the … Continue reading Tahuata