Friday, July 7, 2017

Nuka Hiva - The Admiral arrives

JD returned to California after enjoying two and a half weeks on the island.
A few days later, Admiral Nancy arrived in Nuka Hiva after sorting out her long stay visa in Tahiti.
Now I get to show her around to all the cool spots!

Nancy with local in the waterfall valley.

Rob saying hello to Paul's horse

 Katie, Mike, Nancy and Paul on our way to the waterfall near Daniel's Bay.

Nancy made a friend.

Nancy and Rob with Tiki

Nancy and Kate getting in some SUP time.

Sad little fish.   Send him back.

Lime trees everywhere at an anchorage on the north end.  We asked the owner if we could pick some.  He was so nice he gave us a box to help with the effort.

Limes!  Looks like we'll be serving Margaritas... Marquesean style 

Nancy and Rob at the overlook of Anaho Bay

Time for lunch after a very long and muddy hike

I'm having goat curry

Nancy is having the fish platter

Big manta rays at Anaho Bay

Lots of them

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rum in the coconut

After a week in Nuka Hiva, Tom and Sylvia flew out to Raiatea to reunite with Cinnabar in time to fetch all the goodies that the freighter soon would deliver.

JD had his flight scheduled two weeks later so we decided to go explore more anchorages and circumnavigate the island.

Here are some photos from the second week in Nuka Hiva.

This is Paul.  He lives in the valley at Daniel's Bay.  We got to know Paul well over our stay.  He was a wonderful guide in the valley and very generous with limes and other fruit on his property.

We gave Paul and his little dog a ride from Daniel's bay to Taioha'e Bay aboard Shindig and then dinghied him ashore.

Fixing boats in exotic locations!  Thank you Tom for cleaning up melted and charred connections in the water maker control box.

French election time.  Who are you voting for?

New Tiki monument in Taioha'e bay

Locals paddle in the bay most days.

The cruise ship is in town!  Here they come!

Welcome to Nuka Hiva.  We are cannibals! 

Sound the horn.  Prepare the pot.

I am hungry

This ship is one part freighter and one part cruise ship.  Brilliant idea!  We later saw this ship tucked into a small anchorage.  It is very maneuverable.  Check out Aranui 5

Shin-dinghy chilling in the shade

JD on one of our muddy hikes on the North side of the Island.

Did I mention.... Muddy?

Interesting vines reaching out on the sand.

Island coconut and human trash

How do you get into this coconut?  With a machete of course.


Overlook of Anaho Bay.  This was the bay we saw the cruise ship in.  Great protection and a reef to snorkel on.

Copra, which is coconut meat, on a drying table with resident cat and chicken.

Church on the North side of the island

Rum in the coconut!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Nuka Hiva - Fueling up and exploring Daniel's Bay

Once rested and properly checked in we headed over to the fuel dock to fill up.
We received a duty free fuel and filled up 121 gallons at ~$3.15/gallon.

You have to Med-moor to the concrete dock and then drag the hose out to the boat.  It was a little dicey as there was a decent swell running and there was a fair amount of surge close to the pier.

It took about an hour to complete; we were relieved once that was finished.

We then headed to Daniel's Bay to have a calm anchorage and hike to the famous waterfall there.
Mike, Katie and Al onboard Pangaea met us there for the hike

Tom handled all the lines ashore

Managing the heavy fuel hose

On our way to Daniels Bay, Tom, JD and Rob went for a drag behind the boat, Sylvia cheerfully drove Shindig.

Another breakage: Run Capacitor on the water maker exploded.  (Note: Miss Piggy, favorite egg timer, also perished a few weeks later) 

Tom and Rob heading ashore at Daniel's Bay

JD and Mike, ready for adventure!

Picturesque river mouth

Walking up the ancient village road

Al and Katie

The gang posing with stone Tiki

One of many river crossings

Beautiful Valley views

Our first look at the waterfall

Dense jungle path

Translation: Danger, falling rocks!

More river crossings

Finally arrived at the waterfall and plunge pool

Making our way back to the falls

Tom blew out his flip flop.   Al had some rope and Tom was able to fashion a fix.

Rob and JD.  Feeling much cooler after a swim.

Eels in the river.!