South Pacific Map
South Pacific Map

Showing the large Polynesian Triangle. Within it is French Polynesia, the size of Europe with 3%of it being land.

Map of Marquesas Islands
Map of Marquesas Islands

Six inhabited islands - 3 in the south, 3 in the north

The Pillars of Ua Pou
The Pillars of Ua Pou

Dramatic volcanic landscapes in the Marquesas

Hiva Oa landscape
Hiva Oa landscape
French Overseas Territory
French Overseas Territory

The archipelago flies 3 flags: Marquesan, Polynesian, and French

Marquesian woman
Marquesian woman

Tiare flower behind her ear, long flowing hair, flower crown, carved bone earring, tattoos

Marquesan with his outrigger canoe
Marquesan with his outrigger canoe
Paul Gauguin art from Polynesia
Paul Gauguin art from Polynesia
Traditional dancing
Traditional dancing
Traditional dancers
Traditional dancers
Breadfruit
Breadfruit
Form of Marquesan landscape
Form of Marquesan landscape

Nuku Hiva (photo: leeabbamonte.com)

Adorning the World Art of Marquesas
Adorning the World Art of Marquesas

Metropolitan Museum of Art's groundbreaking exhibit showing historical engraving of Marquesan man on the catalogue cover (1813 by W. Tilenau, artist on A.Krusenstern's voyage of 1804)

Engraving of Marquesan warrior
Engraving of Marquesan warrior

1813 by W. Tilenau, artist on A.Krusenstern's voyage of 1804

Tiki carvings
Tiki carvings
Tiki culture is strong
Tiki culture is strong

It spread from the Marquesas to Easter Island and Hawaii

Chuck preparing for landfall
Chuck preparing for landfall

Approaching Tahuata Island on June 10 after 3 weeks at sea in our Puddle Jump from Galapagos

Hanamoenoa Bay
Hanamoenoa Bay
Hanamoenoa Bay
Hanamoenoa Bay
Steven's place - Hanamoenoa
Steven's place - Hanamoenoa
Rainbow - Hanamoenoa Bay
Rainbow - Hanamoenoa Bay
Southwestern Tahuata
Southwestern Tahuata

Lots of cowrie shells found beach combing

Pacific Spotted Dolphins
Pacific Spotted Dolphins
Swimming with the mantas
Swimming with the mantas

Ella and Millie from svMuneera follow a manta ray

Manta rays
Manta rays

The position of their cephalopods means they are feeding in these plankton rich waters

Manta underside
Manta underside

The identifying pattern underneath is as unique as a fingerprint. You can also see the gills clearly.

Manta eyes
Manta eyes

Research has shown that they distinguish divers by eyesight - so we always smile at them when they come close to eyeball us

Graceful Manta rays
Graceful Manta rays

About 5 feet across, these mantas were much smaller than the 18-footers we rode in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico

Hana Tefau anchorage
Hana Tefau anchorage

As seen from the village of Hapitoni

Outrigger canoes - Hapitoni
Outrigger canoes - Hapitoni
Tahuata Island - Hapitoni
Tahuata Island - Hapitoni

Royal Road

Tahuata Island - Hapitoni
Tahuata Island - Hapitoni

Royal Road with archeological religious site on the right

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Palm frond fence

Hapitoni house
Hapitoni house
Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Picking breadfruit

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Playing petanque (lawn bowling). Our two French cruiser friends, Serge and Gerard (left) are quite at home.

Pétanque
Pétanque

Lots of people were wearing League T-shirts

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Children fishing for prizes

Hapitoni adolescents
Hapitoni adolescents

Elementary schools exist on each island. The only high school is in Tahiti and their middle school is in Hiva Oa so the older kids are gone from their families all year and only return on holidays.

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Women making flower crowns for their hair (hei)

Girls wearing heis
Girls wearing heis
Hapitoni
Hapitoni

People from other Tahuata towns who come for the festival bed down in the school building - there are no hotels.

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Cook's in the kitchen preparing a free public dinner for everyone in attendance

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Church in the evening during the free public dinner

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

The little ones are so loved and shared by everyone

Hapitoni
Hapitoni

At the church service on Sunday mornings, women wear their flowered crowns. The singing is wonderful!

Linda and Princess
Linda and Princess

All the island schoolteachers seem to speak english

David and Kim - svMaluhia
David and Kim - svMaluhia

Their birthday/happy landing dinner on Jacaranda with crowns and Hand-steering awards

Vaitahu
Vaitahu

Bay with the Aranui