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Travel Blogs from Nuku Hiva
... till the early hours while boaties, kids and locals
play boules, chat, sing and dance. Paul even picks up a second hand surfboard
from a Kiwi passing through for fifty bucks! Idyllic. Late the next day we move
to the next bay along of Hanamoenoa where there is the usual deserted copra
village. We spend a few days here swimming with mantas and the ongoing scrubbing
of the hull - the growth from the Pacific crossing was a challenge to ...
... wonderful. This is what the Polynesia should be.
We took a tour with Joyce today. We had a safari truck, Land Rover and explorer. We were in the land Rover with Hugh the driver. He spoke no English and I managed some high school French. There were 8 of us in our vehicle. Hugh (said with a French accent is amazing, actually anything he said in French was amazing) and I spoke a bit. I did remember some French but then he ...
Marquesas Islands – The "Land of Men"
The Marquesas archipelago with its powerful landscapes, its cliffs, sharp peaks and deep valleys really imposes its differences from anything we've seen before.
Although there are few coastal plains or white sandy beaches, the seduction of the Marquesas lies elsewhere in the strong and wild simplicity of Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka and Tahuata, the islands which make up the Marquesas.
... has to be paid in French Polynesian Francs normally from a credit card and is held until you leave, at which time it is then credited back to you again in Francs, so there are costs here that we didn't wish to take on. By employing an agent at $275.00 they guarantee us and we become 'bond exempt'. The only other people that are exempt are EU passport holders. By having our exemption paper we were stamped in with no hassles. For other people we heard the check ...
... watches of 3 hours on 3 hours off worked well for us. Our best days run was 196 nautical miles, we tried to break the 200 but didn't quite get there. Some days we would have up to a knot of current helping us along the way. We had a full moon for most of the time and also had Venus transit the sun. This seemed quite fitting as that was the original reason Captain Cook sailed into the Pacific, he was to observe ...