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

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

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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.

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Christmas under the Polynesian Mistletoe

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

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

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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

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Christmas with good friends on svMaluhia

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Jacaranda Man
Jacaranda Man

Cape courtesy of Nicole on svNaoma

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

New Years Eve at the Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge

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

Internet with a view

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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!

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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

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

Dinner on Jacaranda

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

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

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Atuona, Hiva Oa
Atuona, Hiva Oa

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

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Motu Anakee, Hiva Oa
Motu Anakee, Hiva Oa

Rainy days bring out the waterfalls (Photo: svNaoma)

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Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Protestant Church rededication

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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).

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Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

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

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Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Let the feast begin!

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Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

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

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Vaitahu, Tahuata
Vaitahu, Tahuata

Women giving flowers to visitors on Valentine's Day

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

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

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Behold the mighty Kraken!
Behold the mighty Kraken!

A pelagic baby octopus living on our anchor chain

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

A dolphin escort

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

Gourmet lunch prepared by master chef Tipiero at his restaurant

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Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

The quay

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Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

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

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Va'a tradition
Va'a tradition

18th century engraving of Resolution Bay, Vaitahu, Tahuata

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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.

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Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva

Va'a gliding past Jacaranda's stern every afternoon

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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

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

The smiling faces say it all!

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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.

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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?

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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

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

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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.

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Papeete, Tahiti
Papeete, Tahiti

Dancers at the Hura Tapairu

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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)

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