Towards the end of our stay in Hanavave Bay in Fatu Hiva, our Italian friend Giorgio decided to “sail” around the island and invited a few of us to join him. We had barely left the bay on his awesome sailboat Hoa Motu (which means “friend of the islands”), when he and Mark let out two fishing lines. We had been craving some fresh fish for ages and were not going to pass up any occasion to try our luck. While the steep cliffs and mountains were blocking any kind of wind, the engine was propelling us forward. Pretty quickly, two fish simultaneously caught the lures we were trawling. Mark pulled in the hand line, to find a medium-sized barracuda – no good eating here. Giorgio struggled for a long time with a massive creature on the reel. Our anticipation was growing and growing… Maybe it was a big tuna or a mackerel? It didn’t seem to be a mahi mahi (dorado), since no jumping out of the water was going on. Finally, a big shape appeared near the water surface and we all cramped around Giorgio to have a better look, cameras ready. It was a huge “great barracuda”, another fish prone to having ciguatera, a disease that is harmful for people.
Giorgio at the helm of his boat Hoa Motu, leaving Hanavave Bay
Great barracuda with a grand head
Decent size wahoo - and tasty!
Pod of small dolphins playing with the bow of the boat
Rugged coastline near Omoa
Giorgio and Mark dealing with the skipjack