Map of Marquesas Islands
Map of Marquesas Islands

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

Approaching Hiva Oa from Tahuata at daybreak

Taaoa Bay (Traitors' Bay), Hiva Oa
Taaoa Bay (Traitors' Bay), Hiva Oa

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

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

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

Tahauka Bay
Tahauka Bay

Jacaranda anchored in front of Mt. Temetiu

Tahauka Bay
Tahauka Bay

Outrigger canoes glide past the sailboats

Atuona
Atuona

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

Gastronomic treats of the Marquesas
Gastronomic treats of the Marquesas

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

Atuona
Atuona

Buying lobsters from the back of a pick-up truck

Atuona
Atuona

One of three grocery stores

Atuona
Atuona

Good shopping in the three grocery stores

Buying fresh baguettes by the bagful

Paul Gauguin's grave, Atuona
Paul Gauguin's grave, Atuona
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.

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

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

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

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

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

Tattoo artist at work, Atuona
Tattoo artist at work, Atuona
Eione Bay, Hiva Oa
Eione Bay, Hiva Oa

Wild goats roam all the Marquesas Islands and hunting is a popular activity

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

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

On the dry northern side of Hiva Oa

William
William

Of the Hanaiapa Yacht Club

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

This was our pick but the woman in the background won

Miss Maman Beauty Contest
Miss Maman Beauty Contest

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

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

Daniel, our French cruiser friend, was an enthusiastic judge

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

The French Navy at the raising of the flag

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

The Navy men dancing

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

Beautiful Marquesan woman was the organizer of the dancers

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

This man was the organizer of all the festivities

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