Six inhabited islands. Atuona is the southern group's administrative capital located on Hiva Oa.
Approaching Hiva Oa from Tahuata at daybreak
View of Taaoa Bay (Traitors' Bay) from the Pearl Lodge Hotel
The port of Hiva Oa where the cruisers anchor and the supply ships, the Aranui and Taporo, dock.
Jacaranda anchored in front of Mt. Temetiu
Outrigger canoes glide past the sailboats
This tohua, or ancient ceremonial space, is being reconstructed for the December festival
French bread and pampelmousse ( the sweetest, most delicious tropical grapefruit ever!)
Buying lobsters from the back of a pick-up truck
One of three grocery stores
Good shopping in the three grocery stores
Buying fresh baguettes by the bagful
Reconstruction of his two-story thatched Maison du Jouir (“House of Pleasure”) where he lived the last two years of his life.
This was authentic; an archeological dig uncovered some china, wine bottles and a jar with 4 teeth
Belgian born Brel (1929-78) is a singer/musician who is a legend in France.
Imported to reduce the wasp population, this bird is an invasive species that is common in Atunona
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!
On the dry northern side of Hiva Oa
Of the Hanaiapa Yacht Club
This was our pick but the woman in the background won
There was no swimsuit event; here the contestant is modeling street clothes.
Daniel, our French cruiser friend, was an enthusiastic judge
The French Navy at the raising of the flag
The Navy men dancing
Beautiful Marquesan woman was the organizer of the dancers
This man was the organizer of all the festivities