In the bay of Hanavave (population 311), we found usable internet on the boat! Hence, by popular request here are some impressions of our visit to the Marquesas so far. We had to severely downres the pictures in order to be able to upload with the bandwidth challenged connection.
A perfect sailing day during our crossing. Blue skies and some wind so we can use the Code Zero sail. This is one of the last pictures of a complete sail, soon after we had two halves…
Stefan preparing beef stew in the middel of the pacific with 28 degrees celsius ! No french fries and no belgian beer though.
Finally after 22 days of sailing Hiva Oa on the horizon ! Great to see. The GPS did it again.
The last resting place of Jacques Brel on Hiva Oa. Brel died in 1978 from cancer. He was loved by the Marquesan people.
Resting place of Paul Gauguin who died here in 1903 from syfillis. Though he loved the young girls (13-14 years), he was not so loved by the Marquesan people.
Superb view from the cemetary.
Walking the streets in Atuona, Hiva Oa.
Taahuku bay on Hiva Oa. This is the check-in place and usually very crowed (Stern anchor hell)
Walking in the town of Vaitahu on the island of Tahuata. In 1774, Captain James Cook landed here, and it was here that Admiral Dupetit-Thouars signed the treaty of annexation of the Marquesas to France, in 1842.
Ilse in an outrigger canoe. This is a type of canoe featuring one or more lateral support floats known as outriggers, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. They are an important part of the polynesian heritage. This particular one features a pretty tourist. (dixit Stefan)
One of our hikes out of Vaitahu.
Very sweet, juicy and big grapefruits everywhere in the Marquesas. The peel is thumb-thick, but if you leave it alone, it becomes yellow and thin like we know it in Belgium.
The beautiful catholic church in Vaitahu made of ships discarded ballast stones. There are no windows in the church except for the stained glass.
Stefan after trading fuel for fruits. We ate a lot of bananas the next 10 days !
Getting the breadfruit and pig out of the ground oven during the festivities at the inauguration of the new sportshall.
The pig is unwrapped from the banana leaves and put in wooden serving trays. All the women are wearing flowers.
Hiking on Tahuata.
Lots of coconut trees. Tourism and copra (dried coconut meat), are the most important economies of French Polynesia.
Hiking path on Tahuata.
Drying coconut meat seen everywhere on the islands.
Walking the queens path in the town of Hapatoni on Tahuata island.
Hapatoni on Tahuata Island.
Snorkeling in Hana Tefau bay on Tahuata.
Outrigger canoe on the beach of Hapatoni Bay.
Omoa’s sea front on Fatu Hiva.
Main street in Omoa.
Buying tapa cloth in Omoa. Tapa is a barkcloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. In the Marquesas only a couple villages still have tapa . In former times the cloth was primarily used for clothing, but now cotton and other textiles have replaced it.
School dance in Omoa for first grade. They learn to swing those hips at an early age.
Election of young miss Omoa (population 300). All dresses were made from plants and flowers (by the mothers and aunts).