Map of Marquesas Islands
Map of Marquesas Islands

Nuku Hiva is the northernmost of the six inhabited islands.

Nuku Hiva
Nuku Hiva

The largest Marquesan island and second largest in French Polynesia

Taiohae Bay
Taiohae Bay
Taiohae Bay
Taiohae Bay
Taiohae Bay
Taiohae Bay

Jacaranda at anchor

Taiohae waterfront
Taiohae waterfront
Administrative Center
Administrative Center

Historical colonial building

Cafe Vaeaki
Cafe Vaeaki

The dinghy dock and the quay

Fishermen clean their catch at the quay and throw the fish heads to the sharks

Taiohae quay
Taiohae quay

Sharks battle it out for the fish parts discarded by the fishermen cleaning their catch

Henri and his wife
Henri and his wife
Henri's Snack Vaeaki
Henri's Snack Vaeaki
Marie
Marie

The owner of the Centre Plongee

Damas Taupotini
Damas Taupotini

One of the best Marquesan carvers

1846  engraving - Cases de naturels
1846 engraving - Cases de naturels
Histoical  engraving  - Taiohae Bay
Histoical engraving - Taiohae Bay
Commodore Porter off Nuku Hiva 1813
Commodore Porter off Nuku Hiva 1813

Historical engraving of warriors

Historical engraving of warriors

Historical engraving of warrior

Joseph with the Marquesan carpenter tool and Christ child with breadfruit inside Notre-Dame Cathedral of the Marquesas Islands

Michael
Michael
Rose Corser
Rose Corser

Michelle in her galley aboard Virago, a 100' Swan

Qing
Qing
Taiohae
Taiohae

Cecelia at her job in the mayor's office in Taiohae City Hall

Taiohae
Taiohae

Cecelia in her welcoming outfit

Taiohae
Taiohae

Cecelia as part of the dance troupe

The "chief" of the Henua Haka dance troupe They performed to great acclaim in San Diego a few weeks before.

Henua Haka dancers

Henua Haka dancers

Henua Haka dancers

Fabian, the choreographer
Fabian, the choreographer

Enjoying the dinner and dance performance

Moana, tattoo artist
Moana, tattoo artist

with Stephen, a cruising friend who is having his whole body tattooed

My tattoo
My tattoo

The manta ray, an animal of protection, is my totem. The symbols within tell my story.

Tattoos
Tattoos

My friend Cyril from Tahuata says I have a good start