Here are some pictures from Atuona, on the island of Hiva Oa. This was our first landfall, and point of clearing into French Polynesia.
The harbor at Atuona, Hiva Oa. It’s pretty crowded. Most boats use bow and stern anchors to keep from swinging into each other.
The harbor from a walk into town.
Idlewild, a custom aluminum motor yacht from Alberta, Canada. Built to voyage the Northwest Passage (done and more), Idlewild is all purpose and function. A very effective expedition motor yacht, with lots of room for cocktails on the foredeck in the evenings.
Paddling canoes through the bay on the day we arrived: The sport of the Marquesas.
The Gendarme came down the day before the Taporo IX inter-island freighter arrived to make sure all of us cruisers were anchored behind the marked line across the harbor.
The Taporo IX filled up an already busy small harbor
Walking into the small town of Atuona
We spent a Saturday afternoon “supporting” a fundraiser to send to Marquesan kids to World Youth Day 2016.
Getting ‘organized’ by home island, with lots of laughs and play, not a fast process.
Coconut carry relay race. Hilarious.
The whole day felt more like a church picnic in the park than any formal fundraising function.