After some engine troubles on Tuesday which delayed us a day Wednesday 15th saw us depart from Taiahoe Nuku Hiva for ???? a atoll in the Tuomotos. Now the extent of Gina’s seafaring is mostly the 20minute Manly to Circular Quay ferry so it’l be interesting to see how stomach holds up! Really hope there’s no sick!
The forecast is good 20-25 knot trade winds so we should be moving along at a pretty good pace!
The Marquises has been the most amazing islands & not somewhere you hear of often but I’ve been seriously impressed lets see how these Tuomotos do!
Thursday 9th we hired a 4x4 to pick up my guest of honour on Friday so we took advantage of having the land machine & drove all around the island inland which has so many take your breath away views & different terrain on the same island it feels like your in three different countries on the way to the airport bright & early Friday morning it’s a incredible drive & also alittle nerve racking due to some narrow mountain pass roads!
Gina arrived safe & sound around 10am into the tiny airport & we haven’t stopped talking yet!ha!
Monday 13th we were anchored in Daniels Bay on Nuku Hiva another beautiful sheltered bay on the island. Up early ready for a big hike to what everyone says is the biggest & most impressive waterfall on the island! Well after 2.5 hours of walking in jungle though pouring rain in the valley soaking wet already having crossed the river a couple of times we swam across some pools of water though the mountain to arrive at the biggest & most impressive waterfall I’ve ever seen in my life! Worth ever bug bite I’ve since found out I know own! Ouch! I’ll put up pictures soon as I can!
2.30am start for me I took the dingy ashore though the darkness got picked up by a local I’ve met Martin. By 3.15am we were on the trails hiking. Around a hours hike we stopped & I was told to relax around 5am it’ll be a good time to head off again. So I dosed in the hills for awhile then we were off again hiking to the peak awaiting the goats to show up! And the they did the first shot he got off hit the male goat but unfortunately sent him over the edge of the cliff. The second shot got the female who stayed on terra firma.
Then we hung it by it’s hind legs & Martin showed me how to skin & gut it!
Once it was bleed cleaned & bagged we walked back to the dingy dock! And I was enjoying coffee & eggs by 8am! What a start to a day!
I’ll be picking up some of our catch on Friday & making Goat Curry at somepoint over the w’end!
What a experience!
So after a weekend in Controller Bay which is east of the main port on Nuku Hiva were back in the main town awaiting the arrival of my guest of honour Gina!
Controller Bay was an amazing anchorage with only three other boats in it. I hiked & ran both days around the shore lines & up the hills!
It was so quiet & the star canopy was such that I couldn’t help but sleep on deck all w’end under the stars!
Well after my double espresso & French chocolate tart I’ll be off to try my luck in a local outrigger canoe! If I manage to stay up right my aim is to learn to handle it better & not get nibbled on by any sharks! Rounding the day off with a run(praying it clouds over or cools down a little)
Hope everyone had a good bank holiday weekend! And that it was lovely & sunny!
So we are now in Nuku Hiva! With the lack of Internet it’s tough to update on my movements! We’re anchored off the main town just getting some admin & boat jobs done. But will leave tomorrow to check out some of the other bays around the island! Another mountainous lush green island! I’m running every other day & starting the pick up the distances again! I can feel some big challenges coming up this year in when I return to Australia! I shall update again as & when I get this magical thing called Internet!
It was a 45nm sail down to Fatu Hiva on Tuesday around a 8 hour trip! This island can only be gotten to by boat & is unbelievable it’s so cool! The bay were anchored in is surrounded by mountains & lush green palm trees etc!
We went ashore the first night & joined in with a beach fire the other cruisers were having & met some nice people. On Wednesday we hiked around a hour to a huge waterfall which didn’t have much flow but had a fresh water pool at the bottom for a swim & no one around! We collected fresh limes off the trees & some grapefruit for breakfast!
Then this morning we went on other couples catamaran “Lightspeed” to the other bay which is a 10mile hike back to our bay back. Bought fresh baguettes & walked back 10 miles with another young Swedish couple that bought a 32ft boat in Panama & are sailing around the world over 18 months!