Map of Marquesas Islands
Map of Marquesas Islands

Six inhabited islands. Atuona is the southern group's administrative capital located on Hiva Oa.

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Approaching Hiva Oa from Tahuata at daybreak

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Taaoa Bay (Traitors' Bay), Hiva Oa
Taaoa Bay (Traitors' Bay), Hiva Oa
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View of Taaoa Bay (Traitors' Bay) from the Pearl Lodge Hotel

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Old postcard of Hiva Oa
Old postcard of Hiva Oa
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Atuona Beach
Atuona Beach
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Tahauka Bay
Tahauka Bay

The port of Hiva Oa where the cruisers anchor and the supply ships, the Aranui and Taporo, dock.

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Tahauka Bay
Tahauka Bay

Jacaranda anchored in front of Mt. Temetiu

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Tahauka Bay
Tahauka Bay

Outrigger canoes glide past the sailboats

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Atuona
Atuona

This tohua, or ancient ceremonial space, is being reconstructed for the December festival

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Gastronomic treats of the Marquesas
Gastronomic treats of the Marquesas

French bread and pampelmousse ( the sweetest, most delicious tropical grapefruit ever!)

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Atuona
Atuona

Buying lobsters from the back of a pick-up truck

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Atuona
Atuona

One of three grocery stores

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Atuona
Atuona

Good shopping in the three grocery stores

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Buying fresh baguettes by the bagful

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Paul Gauguin's grave, Atuona
Paul Gauguin's grave, Atuona
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Paul Gauguin's house
Paul Gauguin's house

Reconstruction of his two-story thatched Maison du Jouir (“House of Pleasure”) where he lived the last two years of his life.

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Paul Gauguin's well
Paul Gauguin's well

This was authentic; an archeological dig uncovered some china, wine bottles and a jar with 4 teeth

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Paul Gauguin painting
Paul Gauguin painting
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Paul Gauguin painting
Paul Gauguin painting
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Jacques Brel's grave
Jacques Brel's grave

Belgian born Brel (1929-78) is a singer/musician who is a legend in France.

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Jacques Brel's plane, Jojo
Jacques Brel's plane, Jojo
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Minah bird
Minah bird

Imported to reduce the wasp population, this bird is an invasive species that is common in Atunona

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Tattoo artist at work, Atuona
Tattoo artist at work, Atuona
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Eione Bay, Hiva Oa
Eione Bay, Hiva Oa
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Wild goats roam all the Marquesas Islands and hunting is a popular activity

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Bananas are dried and sold as little bundles like fat sausages. Delicious!

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Smiling tiki
Smiling tiki
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Smiling tiki
Smiling tiki
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Copra shed in Motuua
Copra shed in Motuua
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Copra shed, Hiva Oa
Copra shed, Hiva Oa
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Pua Mau, Hiva Oa
Pua Mau, Hiva Oa
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Pua Mau
Pua Mau
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Hanamanue
Hanamanue

On the dry northern side of Hiva Oa

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William
William

Of the Hanaiapa Yacht Club

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Traditional Dancers, Atuona
Traditional Dancers, Atuona
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Traditional dancers, Atuona
Traditional dancers, Atuona
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Drummer, Atuona
Drummer, Atuona
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"Miss Maman" contestants
"Miss Maman" contestants
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Miss Maman Beauty Contest
Miss Maman Beauty Contest

This was our pick but the woman in the background won

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Miss Maman Beauty Contest
Miss Maman Beauty Contest

There was no swimsuit event; here the contestant is modeling street clothes.

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"Miss Maman" and Daniel
"Miss Maman" and Daniel

Daniel, our French cruiser friend, was an enthusiastic judge

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Bastille Day, Atuona
Bastille Day, Atuona
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Bastille Day, Atuona
Bastille Day, Atuona

The French Navy at the raising of the flag

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Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
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Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)

The Navy men dancing

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Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)

Beautiful Marquesan woman was the organizer of the dancers

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Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)

This man was the organizer of all the festivities

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Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
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Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
Bastille Day Festivities (July 14)
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