Fatu Hiva

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Approaching Fatu-Hiva, entering Hanavavae Bay

Double Rainbows grace Baie Hanavavei on the island of Fatu Hiva

Double rainbow over Hanavavae Bay

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Famous pinnacles, iconic of this anchorage: The “Bay of Virgins” The small village lies between the steep valley sides just at the head of the bay.

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Other boats at anchor. We didn’t get a photo of Velic here. Note the riprap at the head of the bay, protecting the small quay inside.

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The quay is typical of Marquesan Islands . Locals keep their fishing boats on the mooring buoys.

A pregnant Tiki guards the bay

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Village church. In the evenings we could hear the bell ringing and, from the anchorage, see parishioners entering through the main door.

Typical Marquesan village home

Typical well-kept village house and yard. I think the fence is to keep out wandering pigs and goats, which roam the island freely.

Municipal garbage receptical. Several of these dotted around village.

Municipal garbage receptical. We spotted these around the village at every home; raising the containers helps keep vermin and dogs and chickens out.

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You’ll see livestock – cows and horses – tethered out alongside roads; this momma cow is tethered and her calf stays nearby.

Copra drying shed

Another copra drying shed, this one larger and with a fancy drying tray that can be pulled in or out of cover on tracks using a winch and cable. See the next two photos.

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“Appropriate technology” winch to move copra drying tray into the sun, and out of the rain.

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drying copra

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Stream through center of village.

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Stream side flower near the road

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We followed the main road through the village and up the valley, climbing steeply. The road was recently paved (2008) with concrete; we estimate the grade was approaching 50% for most of it. Excellent snowboarding, if only it was covered snow! The road is the only one connecting this village to the one in the next bay.

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Roadside shrine to the virgin Mary incorporating a hillside spring. If you were driving this road, you might want to stop and say a prayer.

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Looking down to the bay, small harbor, and part of the village from the road we climbed.

Village at Fatu Hiva anchorage

More of the village …

Looking down on outer anchorage at Fatu Hiva

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Again, looking down from the road onto the village. Note the sharp spine of the ridge.

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Typical of the steep-sided , heavily eroded valleys of the Marquesas. Settlements are on the narrow valley floors where there’s access to the ocean.

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Waterfall at head of the valley.

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