Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Marquesas sport fishing

A day after arriving in the Marquesas we ran into the crew of a big sport fishing boat and have become quick friends.  Over the past few weeks we've done many hikes, enjoyed many meals and had the unique chance to go fishing from a world class eighty foot sport fisher twice.  

As the old saying goes...  If you have to ask about the fuel, then you can't afford the boat.  Being a sailboater, this was the first question out of my mouth:)    This 125,000 pound sportfisher with twin 2,000 horsepower engines, cruising at 27 knots burns 130 gallons a hour. At an 8 knot fishing speed it's a mere 12-14 gallons per hour.
The sport fishers professional crew is all about giving back to the communities they visit.  Whether it be delivering $10,000 worth of school supplies to Tonga, gifting fish to the locals or providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to go fishing for some lucky locals.  These are good people.
 At 27 knots there is a scary big wake behind this boat.

 Bonnie and Terry at the helm
 Kathy lounging on the fishing observation deck with a/c vents blowing on her neck.
 Paul and Dave landing a yellowfin tuna.
 Paul in the fish hold sorting out the days catch.
 Paul with a really beautiful looking bottom fish.
 Dave with cartoon'ish orange fish.
 Bonnie and Paul dialing in the gear as the battle begins with a 400 pound Blue Marlin.
 Kathy and Bonnie on the bridge.
The eight footer looking pretty small tied up to the support ship that acts as a base for operations and fuel resupply.
 Dave landing a few bottom fish after a slow day of blue marlin fishing.

 Kathy battling a big shark that snapped up her fish as she was reeling it in.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nuka Hiva 13 mile radio tower hike

Hiking to the Taiohae Bay radio tower

We're headed to the radio tower on top of this ridge.

 Starting around 6AM we head for the hills with packs stuffed full of water.
 View of Taiohae Bay from about 1/3 of the way up the hill.
 The landscape changed quickly from jungle to pasture.
 To cliffs
 To cloud forest
 To dry meadow
 Back to lush cloud forest
 To the towers veiled in cloud at the top
 And then the clouds parted providing this spectacular view of Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
 Happy hikers at the half way point of 7.3 miles (going up via the road)
 Taking a short cut down the ridge shaved off 1.5 miles, but this would be pretty slippery if there were rain.  Since December it's hardly rained a drop. Sort of a tropical drought.
Short cut down the ridge
 Short cut down the ridge
 A random stone carving we found heading down the ridge.
 Short cut transitions back to forest

 Great views frequent on this hike to the Taiohae bay radio tower
 When you get to this sign you are about half way to the top.  Follow the arrow toward Nuku A Taha and then after about 3 miles turn left on a dirt road that passes a gravel pit on the way to the summit.

 Finger points to radio tower

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stone tiki, local fair and overview of Taiohae bay

 Stone Tiki Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva Marquises French Polynesia South Pacific
 Opening a drinking a freshly husked drinking coconut.  Check out those sweet tatu.
 This week there is a local 'fair' with several large tents filled with vendors.
 Plants, fruits and vegetables galore.
On the hunt for a really nice piece of Marquesan art for a special display in our main salon.  These pieces lacked intricate carving details so we're still looking.
 Fishing boats at the Taiohae bay quay.
 Beautiful lighting, but a point and shoot camera doesn't really do the moment justice.
 Spear fishermen cleaning a catch of parrot fish and trevalli.
 Kathy with a nice local piece, but we're looking for something with lots more detail.
 Amazing what can be done with a palm frond.
 Tiki at Nuku Hiva fair.
 Dave taking a break in the shade after a nice 4 mile hike followed by a trip to the market for some fresh baguette.
 Taiohae bay beach at low tide.
 Looking NNW over Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
 Remains of a picnic shelter near the overlook.
 Rugged coastline shows how the effects of the several month drought.
Coral and pretty clear waters inside Taiohae bay.