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On our way to the South Pacific and beyond...
Archeological Sites of Nuka Hiva
05/05/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

How about this one? I'd say this tribal leader is proud of his two wives...and they're both pregnant.. Is that a baby popping out at the bottom right?

Archeological Sites of Nuka Hiva
05/05/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

These sites usually have tikis...look at this one closely.
Does it look like he's holding a child or perhaps just completed a human sacrifice?

Archeological Sites of Nuka Hiva
05/05/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

The Marquesas Islands is really one huge archeological site. There are 'paepae' everywhere, which are stone housing platforms. In the bigger sites like this one there are 'tohua', which are large rectangular ceremonial plazas, which were constructed by tribes for public ceremonies. Also there are 'me'ae', which are temples.

Tour of Nuka Hiva
05/05/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

The scenery over here is just fabulous. Looking up at these spires...it's one of my favorite spots.

Tour of Nuka Hiva
05/04/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

We've left Taipaivai following a very narrow road up the side of the mountain. It's a steep drop off to the left and you can see various waterfalls on the cliffs across the way. I'm really glad Richard is driving. There are very tight hairpin turns where he honks his horn before proceeding. We haven't had any rain on us yet but the road looks like it rained here a few minutes ago. We reach the top and cross an inner plateau before starting down the other side. Then the view appears, It's Hatiheu Bay, and just over the far ridgeline is Anaho Bay where we made our first landfall.

Tour of Nuka Hiva
05/04/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

Look at this beautiful girl walking down the street.

Tour of Nuka Hiva
05/04/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

I thinks that's called a soursop.

Tour of Nuka Hiva
05/04/2012, Island of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas

The Marquesas are known for their incredible carvings. This one is in the local catholic church in Taipivai. The Marquesas Islands are also where the art of tattoo originated. The warriors would cover themselves with tattoos. I'll try to find a picture of one, maybe a postcard. Some of the locals have pretty impressive tattoos also, but not whole-body ones like the ancient tribal warriors. Lots of sailors (like us) who stop here get a Marquesan tattoo. I don't think we will though. I think they look really cool here in the South Pacific but I'm not so sure how cool they would be sitting on the beach in Australia or next to a pool in Southern California.

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