Showing the large Polynesian Triangle. Within it is French Polynesia, the size of Europe with 3%of it being land.
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)
The identifying pattern underneath is as unique as a fingerprint. You can also see the gills clearly.
Research has shown that they distinguish divers by eyesight - so we always smile at them when they come close to eyeball us
About 5 feet across, these mantas were much smaller than the 18-footers we rode in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
Playing petanque (lawn bowling). Our two French cruiser friends, Serge and Gerard (left) are quite at home.
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.
People from other Tahuata towns who come for the festival bed down in the school building - there are no hotels.
At the church service on Sunday mornings, women wear their flowered crowns. The singing is wonderful!