Hiva Oa

Pos 9:56.2S 139:06.7W
Vaitau, Tahuata
Sunday, January 13
 
From Ua Huka we had a nice 65NM sail to Hiva Oa. The wind was easterly and we could open up the sails a bit to make approx. 8 knots on the crossing.
We made for Atuona and Baie Tahauko. This is almost the only anchoridge on Hiva Oa, and that was a dissapointment.
The water was very dirty so there was no swimming.
 
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The books all say that Hiva Oa is the nicest of the Marquesas Islands. That is not our experience. Bad anchoridges and no interesting sights.
We walked the 3 km to the town for shopping and to visit a restaurant.
 
One day we hiked through to “djungle” up a valley to look at the Petroglyphs of Tehueto. Nice hike but hot and sweaty.
 
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After two days we sailed over to Tahuata, onle a short jump, and anchored in a nice bay with nice swimming.
More of Tahuata later.
 
Lars, Fred and Grete.