Marquesas Islands - The Last of French Polynesia

Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 04, 2010

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

022110 @Sea: Highlight of the day…Captain Brunon sat at our lunch table today.   There were the usual suspects…Gail, Ineke, Ed & Sue, John and Charlotte.  The Captain is a very interesting chap from Poland.  I asked what his wife was doing back in Poland and he replied, "Shoveling snow".  We all laughed.  I was tired of always wearing globs of sunscreen.  So, without sunscreen, I laid out under a blue Sunbrella tarp and listened to Herman Melville's Typee.  Huge mistake!  The ultraviolet rays made their way through the tarp and made me pink as a cooked lobster.

022210 @Sea:  OMG, the winds picked up between 30 & 35 knots.  The waves were 6 to 7 meters (21 feet), as high as the living room peak at Beeches.  I got a bit dizzy at lunch down in the dining room and had to put on a motion sickness patch AND an electronic wrist band (borrowed from Bone) set at near electric fence strength.  While I never actually got sick, it took a full night of sleep to feel better, even with all of the remedies.

022310 @Sea:  We arrived at Hiva Oa, one of the Les Iles Marquises (Marquesas Islands) in French Polynesia, four hours late due to the storm yesterday.  We were again greeted by a pod of Spinner Dolphins during our approach.  I continue to see schools of Flying Fish flying over the waves.  We anchored off the small village of Atuona.  But the waves were still too rough.  The captain made the decision to raise anchor and not stop at Hiva Oa.  Instead, we headed in full sail towards the largest Marquesas island Nuku Hiva.

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boneleone on

I was wondering, with high seas like that are you allowed to walk around on deck and do you feel safe? I would imagine you keep a hand on the rail. We need a picture of Ineke. Bone

Portesha on

Ha! Love the description of your bout with near motion sickness. Glad that you were able to keep it away with all the latest inventions. Let us know if you ride the tsunami from Chili.

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