TIME: 2016/05/17 00:56
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Hiva Oa – Marquesas Islands – Check in tomorrow
After two lovely nights and a nice day at Fatu Hiva, we\’ve sailed in tandem with \”Blowin\’ Bubbles\” to the island of Hiva Oa. Hiva Oa is the main harbor that usually checks in the transpacific \”Puddle Jumpers\” and here we are in the height of the season. There are 34 boats anchored in here! I\’ve been here twice before and never saw more than 4!
The sail was a beauty in light trade winds and after we get checked in tomorrow, we\’ll do a bit of food shopping, take the hike the gravesite of famous French Artsit, Paul Gaugain (sp?), fuel up and hopefully be gone tomorrow afternoon or the next day at latest to Tahuata which is only 10 miles away. The anchorage is another beauty and if I recall, has white sand beaches? If so, it\’s one of the few anchorages in these islands that does have sandy beaches. These are geologically very young islands and the the spires and mountains are truly dramatic. It IS the attraction here – just looking at the place. Photos will follow when we get to real internet.
Also, dear old friends Chuck and Linda from s/v \”Jacaranda\” are here. I last saw them with Cindy in the Revillegedos Islands (Socoro\’s of Mexico) in 2009.
These are the friends we went Manta Riding and swimming with at San Benedicto Island. Interestingly, there are small manta rays swimming all over this anchorage. The same species we saw in Mexico, only quite small with 3-4 foot wing spans. Ironically, today would have been my and Cindy\’s 24th anniversary.
Cindy loved the Manta Rays….
Scott and Nikki