Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Tuamotus Archipelago

Before leaving the Marquesas, we needed to decide which of the atolls we would visit.  There are 72 of these atolls spread over several hundred miles, from east to west, and they are conveniently located to break the passage to … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Nuku Hiva

The next day we sailed to the north side of Nuku Hiva where we anchored in Atiheu Bay.  Not much is written in the pilot books about this bay, but we did know that there was an excellent restaurant called … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Ua-Pou

We sailed overnight in company with SuAn to Ua-Pou, some 65 nm to the north of Hiva Oa, discovering another stunning island with the most superb mountains surrounding the anchorage.  Here we met our friends Adrian and Jackie on Oceans … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Hiva Oa and Tahuata

From Fatu Hiva we had an enjoyable 7 hour sail under genoa to Atuona on Hiva Oa where we checked in to make ourselves legal in French Polynesia.  Hiva Oa is the 2nd largest island and the anchorage so tight … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva is not an island where cruisers are allowed to check in, but it is to the south east of all the other islands, and to get there having checked in at Hiva Oa would have meant beating to … Continue reading

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The Marquesas – Getting there …

The Pacific passage to the Marquesas was so different from our Atlantic crossing.  Apart from the ICTZ (Doldrums), we had no squalls, which are particularly unpleasant at night.  We saw some large waves, but nothing on the intensity and size … Continue reading

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