Baie Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
We weighed anchor straight after
breakfast and had a very pleasant 25 mile downwind sail under headsail only,
arriving early afternoon at Nuku Hiva, the administrative capital of the
Marquesas Islands. Baie Taiohae is very large and we easily found room to
anchor in spite of the number of yachts here. As it was a Friday afternoon,
we knew we’d have to wait until Monday morning to check in at the
gendarmerie and complete the formalities, so we explored the small town and
bought some provisions.
Our first impressions were very
positive: extremely friendly people, excellent fresh produce and gorgeous
French bread and patisserie – we were in la belle France once again!
In need of some exercise, we
asked the lady at the tourist information centre about hiking paths and she
recommended the hike to the Sentinelle; so off we went with a picnic lunch in
search of our land legs.
On Monday the check-in procedure
at the gendarmerie was as straightforward as it’s ever been.
It’s great to be here!
Sailing to Nuku HIva and to
The Cathedral at Baie Taiohae
with wonderful local wood-carvings:
Skipper with his new friend,
the town hall and local Marquesian artefacts:
Hiking to the Sentinelle: