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Travel Blogs from Nuku Hiva
... these are owned
by someone and so it is etiquette to ask
but so far no one refuses. Now on our way North to Nuku Hiva, the
largest of the Marquesan islands. I can’t believe we are still in this neck of
the woods but it is the furthest place from anywhere else in the world and we need to take in the surroundings. Soon
to be catching up with the kid boats we know and more kid boats to get to know.
Trying our best with the ...
... cows in the road (one had a bell like in Switzerland), some horses and one tree. We saw coconut trees, banyan trees, and lots of flowers, goats, chickens and breathtaking views.
Once we got to the top we had a wonderful rain shower and some clouds. The air smelled so clean and fresh. We headed to the other side of the island. There are only 3 villages here. The way the guide talked, each one has about 300 people, ...
... of the genuine revival of Marquesan culture, are developing and safeguarding of ancient patterns and techniques.
In June of 1842, Nuku Hiva was the first island to be seen by the whaleboat carrying the novelist Herman Melville about to discover “a country that no description could fit the beauty”.
Grandiose and striking, yet the words are hard to find to adequately describe the view of the imposing cliffs of Huku Hiva as you gaze upon the jagged ...
... included going very "off" road, not quite getting lost but definitely going where very few tourists go as we found out later. The only place we didn't get to was the Waterfall, but as there was no road access we would save this to do from the boat. The people we met here made us feel very welcome and very much at home. With features so similar to the Maori, music just like from home it's almost like we are home.
The only disappointment was the lack of ...
... with boats we had been speaking with along the way but yet to meet face to face. We had arrived on a Saturday so the Gendarmerie were closed at 11.30 and we were told they were also closed for the Sunday and Monday happened to be a public holiday so they would be closed then as well. But hey this is island time................!
In the meantime we could sleep normal hours and check the place out.