Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marquesas and Tuamotu wrap up

South Pacific sunset at sea.
Oceanic Skipjack tuna
25 pound Oceanic Skipjack is much tastier than is smaller cousins. Great for fish salad after a quick poaching or fresh for poisson cru marquesas style with coconut cream and lime.
Fighting a Blue Marlin... I'll eventually post a youtube video, but it could be a few months.
Sailing at 10.4 knots toward Tahiti.
Anchorage at Niau atoll
Niau atoll anchorage can be attempted in calm conditions on the North side of the atoll just west of the airstrip near 16°07.5'S  146°22.9' W in about 40' on a rubble bottom with poor holding.  Note that the current sets strongly both east and west depending on the tide.  Landing can be made on the coral/beach near the anchorage in settled calm conditions.  We spent a nice night anchored here waiting for wind to continue to Tahiti.
Niau landing
Wharf at Ile Niau or Niau atoll, Tuamotu.  Since this wharf is on the east side of the atoll it's not very practical to attempt a landing.  Even with super calm settled conditions there was still a bit of surge in the small basin.  The Wharf is near GPS position 16°07.8' S  146°19.8'W

Baie Hanavave or Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, South Pacific.  We didn't land any virgins, but the fishing was a success   Sid from s/v Tonka show off one of the two Yellow fin tuna we caught dinghy fishing with live bait near the bay.  
Can't beat the scenery in Baie Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, South Pacific
Marquesasn dancer / cowboy, but what's up with those speedos?
Baie Hanamoenoa, Tahuata is great for swimming in clear waters and beach bonfires ashore.
Our friends Dave & Booker on s/v Tortuguita sailing out of Hanamoenoa at sunset.  We first met these two in Belize in 2010.
Baie Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, South Pacific
Kathy playing Marquesasan cowboy gets a ride on the beach at Nuku Hiva.
Horses dash down the beach as paddlers man canoes at Taiohae bay, Nuku Hiva Marquesas
Dance performance at Taiohae bay, Nuku Hiva Marquesas