Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
Trip End Apr 27, 2008

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

January 17, Thursday
We have been sailing for 14 days and are in the sixth day of travel across the Pacific. In a lot of ways, the days have gone quickly. We spend a little time visiting with friends, a little time with Team Trivia and with games, some time reading and writing, and lots of time roaming the decks-and, of course, eating! The ship's Navigator stopped by our table last night and was very pleased to report that the good weather and calm seas were expected to continue and that such a smooth start was a good indicator of the weather we would encounter over the next few months. The Captain and his crew are very visible and stop to chat with the passengers regularly. Keeping 1270 folks calm and happy is, I'm sure, a top priority!!

January 18, Friday
We had balmy seas on our last day of the trip from Panama to Nuku Hiva-over 3800 nautical miles We saw turtles coming up for air and fish flying out from the sea, their long silver bodies glistening, making huge leaps and racing to get out of the path of the ship. When we saw birds, we knew we were close to the island.

January 19, Saturday
We arrived at Nuku Hiva this morning at 7am. It was hot on deck, even at that time of day-the air temperature was 89 degrees and the water temperature was 82-balmy, except for the humidity-though the breezes kept us comfortable as we walked around on the island later in the morning-especially if we stayed in the shade near the bay. I'll attach some pictures of Taiohae Bay, which will give you some idea of why many who have come to visit the Marquesas have often stayed-Herman Melville and Paul Gauguin are a couple of famous examples. The island is incredibly beautiful. Taiohae is now the capital of the Marquesas, although originally it was Atuona, on Hiva Oa. Paul Gaugin lived on Hiva Oa as well as on Tahiti.

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