Monday, September 2, 2013

Fatu Hiva in Pictures - Part 2

Here are some more pictures of the island of Fatu Hiva, in the Marquesas, French Polynesia. In case you are wondering why we spent so much time (four weeks) there... :-) To read the stories, scroll down the page and click "older posts".


Arriving at the highest point on the Fatu Hiva road


Hiking the mountain trail towards Ouia


The bay of Ouia lays in the distance, a steep, overgrown and slippery descend away - we turned around


Lush fern trees


Curious vine smothering one of the trees along the overgrown path


On the edge of a dormant volcano


Walking back to the main road - parts of the trail are cleaned and cleared now!


Bright flower


View from the main road, descending towards Hanavave


Hanavave bay with its steep walls


The comfortable anchorage of Hanavave -  Irie is the boat on the left in the foreground


Not much vegetation grows in the higher altitudes of the island


When the dirt road turns to asphalt, it goes down, down down, with steep switchbacks


Awesome outcrops on top of the hills


Checking out the Maria statue, where the passengers of our car up the mountain stopped to pray


Dinghy playing with the dolphins


After days of rain, new waterfalls appear in the bay


One of the many caves along the bay


Once a month, the cargo ship Aranui stops in Fatu Hiva with provisions (limited produce, no dinner veggies) and tourists


Traditional drumming for the Aranui visit


With some traditional Marquesan dancing to go with it


Visit to the waterfall with friends


Taking a "natural shower" while we were at it!


Views hidden by rain clouds


Irie in Hanavave Bay


Visiting Allan on SV Quintessa - he is a shell collector and connoisseur


Celebrating Allan's birthday on Quintessa


SV Cashtoki with a nice sunset


We were given a leg of goat for fixing a local's underwater flashlight - goat curry for all (except the vegetarians)


Another visit to the waterfall, in better weather this time!


Ooooooooh!


Petroglyph on the way to (from) the waterfall

2 comments:

lisa dorenfest said...

I think that Fatu Hiva may be one of (if not the most) beautiful place on the face of the earth! I remember when we sailed in there I thought to myself ...this is where Peter Pan would live :-)

Liesbet said...

It is a stunning harbor that can create many moods. We really lucked out with the calm condition when we were there, to be able to stay a month. Not sure what I would call the most beautiful place on earth. I would have to give this a lot of thought. There are so many places that are visually striking. Moorea is another one. :-)