Map of Marquesas Islands
Map of Marquesas Islands

Six inhabited islands. Fatu Hiva is the southernmost island and off the beaten track.

Approaching Fatu Hiva Island
Approaching Fatu Hiva Island

The high peak in the background was the first part of the Marquesas Islands sighted by Mendaña in 1595.

Fatu Hiva
Fatu Hiva

Rugged coastline. Jacaranda is the boat on the right side of the group. (Photo: svSodric)

Fatu Hiva
Fatu Hiva

Jacaranda in the Bay of Virgins. Sunset was a spectacular time of day.

Fatu Hiva
Fatu Hiva
Fatu Hiva
Fatu Hiva

Jacaranda at anchor in Bay of Virgins (Photo: svSodric)

Bay of Virgins
Bay of Virgins

A faint rainbow arched over the scene, implying the pot of gold might just lay in the village of Hanavave tucked into a corner ahead.

Tapa Cloth
Tapa Cloth

Fatu Hiva is the only island that still makes this traditional cloth from pounded bark, originally used for clothing. Today tapa is decorated with designs for sale to tourists.

Dinghy landing
Dinghy landing
Tiki at dinghy landing
Tiki at dinghy landing
Hanavave Landscape
Hanavave Landscape
Hanavave church
Hanavave church

Colonization of French Polynesia was a war of the missionaries. The Marquesas are mainly Catholic while the rest of the island groups are Protestant.

Local grocery store
Local grocery store

Local grocery store

Hanavave street
Hanavave street
Hanavave
Hanavave

House made of plaited bamboo and plywood; the colorful vegetation is common

Hanavave
Hanavave

The old store

Hanavave
Hanavave

The stream which ran through the middle of town emptied out on to the beach in the Bay of Virgins

Walking out of town along the river toward the waterfall

Hiking to the waterfall
Hiking to the waterfall

Chuck with Isabelle and Jean Pierre of svSodric

Hanavave
Hanavave

Looking toward the bay and its pillars

Hanavave scenery
Hanavave scenery
Petroglyph
Petroglyph
Inland Fatu Hiva
Inland Fatu Hiva

Vaiéé-Nui Waterfall seen from a distance (Photo: svSodric)

Vaiéé-Nui Falls
Vaiéé-Nui Falls
Vaiéé-Nui Falls
Vaiéé-Nui Falls

Linda and Isabelle swimming in the cold pool with shrimp and eels

Wild Orchids
Wild Orchids

Returning from the Vaiéé-Nui Falls with Isabelle from svSodric

Hanavave
Hanavave

The town is full of dogs used for hunting goats and pigs; they are all basically mutts from a hound breed

Boy with rooster
Boy with rooster

Chickens are everywhere, especially wild ones. There is no cockfighting on the Islands; pet chickens are used to hunt wild ones.

Lots of flowering plants in gardens

Aremiti
Aremiti

This boat brings the teenagers who are going to high school in Tahiti back to Fatu Hiva for the holidays.

svSpace and svOrion rafted up together in the Bay of Virgins

Jeremy, crew on svSpace, had Tedi (from Omoa) do this spectacular tattoo. Took three days and boy was he sore!

Jeremy, crew on svSpace, had Tedi (from Omoa) do this spectacular tattoo. Took three days and boy was he sore!

Evening Dance Practice
Evening Dance Practice

Augustine paused from chanting to strike up a conversation with Linda. Her husband Lucien sits to the right of her playing the guitar.

Children's dance troupe

Kati, "chief" of the children's dance group, oversees practice

Children's dance group practicing

Too young to join the child dancers who perform in the village (age 8 and up), this kid rocks out on the sidelines.

Hanavave
Hanavave

She's got the right idea!

Hanavave
Hanavave

Marquesan woman and child watching dance practice

Hanavave
Hanavave

Adult dance troupe practicing in the evenings

Hanavave
Hanavave

Adult dance troupe practicing in the evenings

Hanavave
Hanavave

Tiki carvings from seashell by an artisan named Mark

Temo
Temo

Augustine's brother-in-law is an expert carver. We purchased these two pieces from him.

Temo's expert carvings

Seeds for making jewelry

Temo's house with "Je Suis Charlie" sign on the wall

Kati, "chief" of the children's dance group, making costumes for the kids

Kati showing part of the costume on her granddaughter