The entrance to Hakatea Bay is very narrow and sometimes tricky, but we picked “our weather” well, which is not too hard to do during the southern hemisphere summer – or better – the calmer dry season. No breaking waves for us, just a big pod of dolphins along the way, and an easy approach into the hidden and comfortable bay. This anchorage is commonly called “Daniel’s Bay”, but Daniel has not lived there for decennia and, actually, has passed away a few years ago.
water felt good. Our place of rest was bathed in direct sunlight for about an hour, while we swam through some crannies and caves further in. The men tried to catch some fresh water shrimp, but failed miserably. Our bait kept floating to the surface of the pool, feeding the smart creatures that avoided the net, but enjoyed nibbling at our feet.
With the land and beach behind us (see previous picture), this anchorage has all around protection
Cows strolling and resting on the beach at sunset
A local guy told us about cows using their horns to play with dinghies, so we (Patrick) came up with a dinghy fence out of dead wood, before leaving for a long hike! (Photo by Rachel)
Who would have guessed... a phone booth in the middle of nowhere. If only it took coins, I could have called my oma for her 93rd birthday!
Scenery along the beginning of the trail
Steep cliffs and lush vegetation
Ruins of an old Marquesan settlement, We wondered whether they kept "long pigs" (= humans) in the deep pit before they cooked and ate them...
The end of the lush and pretty valley
Pool at the bottom of the falls
Trying to catch fresh water shrimps for dinner (Photo by Rachel)
Refreshing swim in the gorge and the caves (Photo by Rachel)
What is left of the > 1000 foot waterfall during the dry season
One of the river crossings on the way back to the start