Thursday, March 07, 2013

Nuka Hiva hike to archaeological site

Hill around Nuka Hiva looking pretty brown due to a drought for the last few months.

View of the bay from the wharf/quay/dinghy dock
 Two ladders access the quay.  During peak season with 50 boats anchored in the bay this landing gets pretty crowded.
 Rocks to near the entrance of Tiaohae bay the primary port of both Nuka Hiva and the Marquesas
 Looking into Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva from seaward.
  Another, shot looking into Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva from seaward.
 Starfruit growing in the wild.
 Star fruit are so thick they are falling off this tree.
 Pumahahaaenana Takikeuhina Archaeological site that's about a 3.5 mile walk round trip from the quay.  This is a must do hike if you have a few days in Taiohae bay.  From the quay head left on the main road along the water front.  At the white rock in the middle of the road between the two shops veer left.  Follow the road uphill until you see the 'KOUEVA' street sign on the right and then turn right following Koueva up hill.  At the big banyan tree the road forks, keep left and you will soon be at the Pumahahaaenana Takikeuhina Archaeological site.  Take look around the edges of the site and you'll find lots of smaller building and platforms that are worth the effort.
Rock in the middle of the road.  Veer left here and head up hill.
 Turn right at Koueva.  It's a small sign so keep a look out on the right side of the road just before the gravel pit.

Keep left at this sad looking Banyan tree.
 Hut typical of Nuka Hiva
 Hut typical of Nouvelle Calidonie

Stone Tiki

 Vanilla plant
 Limes grow everywhere
Strange fruit that's thought to be a aphrodisiac in Mexico

 Some sort of passion type fruit with a great flavor and smell, but so many seeds that it's not worth picking.

 Super hot peppers that are commonly found growing around the Marquises

 Pineapple, unfortunately not in the wild.