The Marquesas - Hiva Oa Photos
Mike and Liz Downing
Sun 1 Aug 2010 08:05
Our second anchorage in the Marquesas - Atuona on Hiva Oa, about 50 miles to the north and slightly west of Fatu Hiva.
The mountains overlooking the town and anchorage.
The anchorage, and one of the rare occasions when there was no cloud on the mountains.
The anchorage generally had an onshore wind, so it was a lee shore with sterns to the beach at the head
of the bay. Not ideal, but unlike Fatu Hiva, this bay was very shallow - we were anchored in less than 20ft
so were able to put out sufficient chain to feel secure that we would not drag ashore.
The houses of the village nestled in the valley between the mountains.
Hiva Oa natives of old .....
....... and the natives of today!