Map of the Marquesas
Map of the Marquesas
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

Planting our pampelmousse tree with the help of Henri's son and friend

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

We say goodbye to Henri with Leslie and Eric of svKandu (who became a real part of the Taiohae community) and will be departing a few weeks after us.

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Christmas under the Polynesian Mistletoe

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Dinghy raft up! Oh la la!! Make sure the French cruisers come with their apple tarts and pastries!

Ta'a oa, Hiva Oa - sacred site
Ta'a oa, Hiva Oa - sacred site

An archeological site that was one of the performance venues during the Matava'a Festival

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Christmas with good friends on svMaluhia

Jacaranda Man
Jacaranda Man

Cape courtesy of Nicole on svNaoma

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

New Years Eve at the Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge

Cruising life in Atuona, Hiva Oa
Cruising life in Atuona, Hiva Oa

Internet with a view

Cruising life in Atuona, Hiva Oa
Cruising life in Atuona, Hiva Oa

We occasionally hung out at the Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge for a luxurious day of swimming, lunch and internet. Thanks Jean Jacques and the gang!

Crusing life in Atuona, Hiva Oa
Crusing life in Atuona, Hiva Oa

Our outdoor shower facility - nice to cool down on a hot summer day

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Dinner on Jacaranda

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

School festival at St. Anne's (Kermesse)....the school was around when Paul Gauguin lived in Atuona

Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

School festival (Kermesse) at St. Anne's School

Motu Anakee, Hiva Oa
Motu Anakee, Hiva Oa

Rainy days bring out the waterfalls (Photo: svNaoma)

Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Protestant Church rededication

Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

The reopening of the small Protestant church (most Marquesans are Catholic) coincided with Linda's birthday so the community festivities felt almost like a personal celebration! Linda drummed with the women musicians (Tahuata is the only island where the women play the drums).

Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Typical Marquesan food cooked in a traditional underground oven (umu) is delivered!

Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Let the feast begin!

Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Solange teaching Benjamin how to do the Haka Manu (Bird dance)

Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Women giving flowers to visitors on Valentine's Day

Rainbow over Vaitahu, Tahuata
Rainbow over Vaitahu, Tahuata
Hana Tefau, Tahuata
Hana Tefau, Tahuata
Hapitoni, Tahuata
Hapitoni, Tahuata

Lunch with Cyril and Hemana. Linda learned how to make her breadfruit fritters

Behold the mighty Kraken!
Behold the mighty Kraken!

A pelagic baby octopus living on our anchor chain

Hana Tefau, Tahuata
Hana Tefau, Tahuata
Juvenile trumpetfish
Juvenile trumpetfish
Hana Tefau, Tahuata
Hana Tefau, Tahuata

A dolphin escort

Wahoo!!!
Wahoo!!!
Hanamenino, Tahuata
Hanamenino, Tahuata
Ua Pou
Ua Pou
Ua Pou
Ua Pou
Ua Pou
Ua Pou
Hakahetau, Ua Pou
Hakahetau, Ua Pou
Hakahetau, Ua Pou
Hakahetau, Ua Pou

Gourmet lunch prepared by master chef Tipiero at his restaurant

Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

The quay

Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

Henri's cafe was a social gathering place for us cruisers - good food and free internet!

Va'a tradition
Va'a tradition

18th century engraving of Resolution Bay, Vaitahu, Tahuata

Outriggers - the national sport
Outriggers - the national sport

The older kids paddling during their va'a practice. We became sponsors of a new program for the younger children.

Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

Va'a gliding past Jacaranda's stern every afternoon

The new va'a!!!
The new va'a!!!

Two new pint-sized va'a we helped sponsor for the young children of Nuku Hiva. our friend Philippe is the program director

Va'a Kids' Program
Va'a Kids' Program

The smiling faces say it all!

Va'a school for the younger kids
Va'a school for the younger kids

Our sponsorship of this program in Nuku Hiva was a great source of pride to us.

Tall ship in Taiohae Bay
Tall ship in Taiohae Bay

Moetai looking at this square rigger is a poignant sight - what did the original Marquesans think when the European explorers arrived in these strange vessels?

Studio Maluhia
Studio Maluhia

When Dave and Kim went to the US for 2 weeks, we watched their boat and they let Linda use Maluhia as an art studio. A lot of creativity going on here in the artistic mess of their transformed salon

Moorish Idol Fabric Mosaic (WIP) resulting from Linda's Studio Maluhia

Papeete, Tahiti
Papeete, Tahiti

Returning from our US family visit in December, we overnighted in Papeete, Tahiti and went to see a wonderful annual dance competition with our visa agent's aunt, Corinne.

Papeete, Tahiti
Papeete, Tahiti

Dancers at the Hura Tapairu

Jacaranda at Hanamoenoa Bay
Jacaranda at Hanamoenoa Bay

One of our last Marquesan sunsets in Hanamoenoa Bay (we nicknamed it "Green Flash Bay" ) where we made landfall almost one year earlier. (Photo by Lynn Dorning of svAmurula)