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.

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Map of Marquesas Islands
Map of Marquesas Islands

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

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The Pillars of Ua Pou
The Pillars of Ua Pou

Dramatic volcanic landscapes in the Marquesas

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

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

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Marquesian woman
Marquesian woman

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

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

Nuku Hiva (photo: leeabbamonte.com)

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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)

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Engraving of Marquesan warrior
Engraving of Marquesan warrior

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

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

It spread from the Marquesas to Easter Island and Hawaii

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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

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Hanamoenoa Bay
Hanamoenoa Bay
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Hanamoenoa Bay
Hanamoenoa Bay
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Steven's place - Hanamoenoa
Steven's place - Hanamoenoa
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Rainbow - Hanamoenoa Bay
Rainbow - Hanamoenoa Bay
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Southwestern Tahuata
Southwestern Tahuata
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Lots of cowrie shells found beach combing

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

Ella and Millie from svMuneera follow a manta ray

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Manta rays
Manta rays

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

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Manta underside
Manta underside

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

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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

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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

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Hana Tefau anchorage
Hana Tefau anchorage

As seen from the village of Hapitoni

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

Royal Road

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Tahuata Island - Hapitoni
Tahuata Island - Hapitoni

Royal Road with archeological religious site on the right

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Palm frond fence

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Hapitoni house
Hapitoni house
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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Picking breadfruit

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

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

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Pétanque
Pétanque

Lots of people were wearing League T-shirts

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Children fishing for prizes

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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.

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Women making flower crowns for their hair (hei)

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Girls wearing heis
Girls wearing heis
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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

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

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

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

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

Church in the evening during the free public dinner

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

The little ones are so loved and shared by everyone

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Hapitoni
Hapitoni

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

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Linda and Princess
Linda and Princess

All the island schoolteachers seem to speak english

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David and Kim - svMaluhia
David and Kim - svMaluhia

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

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Vaitahu
Vaitahu

Bay with the Aranui

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