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Watering Hole at Baie Hanamenu
Bruce
05/05/2011, Hiva Oa

Here's a view of the wonderful watering hole with cool freshwater at Hanamenu Bay. A pipe delivers pure spring water from deep underground directly into this refreshing pool. John and Joshua from s/v Evergreen enjoy the water.

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05/07/2011 | Carla and Doug
Loved all of the beautiful pictures - looks like you are having a wonderful time. Maybe we will catch up to you one of these days!

Carla and Doug s/v Moondance
Anchorage at Baie Hanamenu
Bruce
05/05/2011, Hiva Oa

We arrived at the delightful anchorage of Hanamenu Bay on the north side of Hiva Oa. The anchorage is nestled in a canyon with steep cliffs on two sides and a tiny village with a half dozen huts and a freshwater spring at one end.

This is a view from the village toward the anchorage.

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Seeing the Sites
John
05/05/2011

John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: http://travel.reservationkey.com Latitude: -9.76433 Longitude: -139.14037

After spending about a week in Atuona we have now moved on and are currently at the other side of the island. Sailing conditions were great for most of the four hours it took to get here, except for the last two miles when we were bashing into big seas and 20 knot winds. The main attraction at this anchorage is a lush freshwater spring just behind the beach.

The water is very refreshingly cool and excellent drinking quality. This morning I filled two five gallon cans with the water and hauled them out through the surf to the kayak and back to our boat. We had some difficulty getting our watermaker going so we thought we would replenish our water supply from the spring. Just as I get back to the boat though, the watermaker started working normally. Thank goodness, because having to take on water manually like that would be very hard.

In Atuona we replaced our radar unit and picked up new parts for our refrigerator. Since the refrigerator is working well right now we are hesitant to change it, but we probably will anyway since the only reason it is working is because lots of holes are filled with epoxy which could potential give out at an unfavorable time.

Bruce in front of a sheer cliff dropoff all the way to the water. One day in Atuona we joined with the crew from Evergreen and took a day long tour of the island, visiting some of the historic tiki sites. We also drove on a narrow, treacherous road, along steep cliffs for part of the trip. In the highlands of the island the air was much cooler and there are even pine forests. During our trip we picked up a few big bunches of bananas and lots of grapefruit so we are now well supplied with fresh fruit.

Last Sunday we celebrated Pascale's birthday by going out to a nice pizza restaurant (the only one available actually), and then having chocolate cake on the boat after dinner.

One day we hiked to the cemetery above town to visit the graves of two of the islands most known residents. Jacque Brel, the French singer, died here in 1973. Paul Gauguin, the French painter famous for scenes of the South Pacific, died here in 1903.

Tomorrow we set sail early for a 55 mile passage to the next island, Ua Huka.

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Hiva Oa Coastline
Bruce
04/30/2011

We drove along the extremely rugged and challenging Hiva Oa coastline, which includes countless bays and inlets such as these.

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Hiva Oa Coast
Bruce
04/30/2011, location

We hired a guide and took a tour of the island of Hiva Oa, which included a drive over extremely mountainous terrain and hair-raising switchbacks and coastal roads. The driving here is not for the faint of heart. Most of the route was along sheer cliffs into which French engineers had dynamited a barely passable road.

The photo shows the view downhill, with three passes of our own road which lies directly below us.

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Back in Civilization
John
04/29/2011

John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: http://travel.reservationkey.com Latitude: -9.80295 Longitude: -139.03131

A few days ago we left a beautiful anchorage and are now anchored in a slightly less beautiful anchorage, at the harbor of Atuona. With approximately 1300 residents, this is the largest town we have stopped at since leaving Mexico. Here we have officially cleared customs into the country, picked up four packages that we ordered weeks ago, buy more food, and refuel. Tomorrow we are off on a day long tour of the island, one of the highlights is a large tiki statue.

Yesterday we had fun checking out the four small grocery stores on the island, and taking a hike in the jungle. Our first day here we enjoyed our first meals out in weeks. For lunch we had hamburgers and fries, and for dinner we had an enormous dinner at Alex's house. He and his family prepare big dinners for visitors. He even picked us up and dropped us off back at the boat. Good thing because his house is up a very steep road above the harbor.

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Alex's Restaurant
Bruce
04/27/2011, Hiva Oa

We had a great dinner this evening at Alex's restaurant. Alex is from France and, incredibly, went to school at a tiny village just a few kilometers from Pascale's sister's house in rural north eastern France.

Alex runs a "pension" (bed and breakfast) high on a hill overlooking the harbor where he served us lobster salad, beef stew, roasted pumpkin au gratin, and ice cream made from Taro root.

This is a picture of Alex with his lovely family.

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Atuona Kids
Bruce
04/27/2011, Hiva Oa

We arrived today at the port town of Atuona (pop. 1600) on Hiva Oa. Here Pascale poses with the very friendly kids of Atuona. They were very curious about us and asked many questions, and loved to have their picture taken.

We are here to pick up replacement parts that we ordered while under way (refrigeration, radar, and plumbing parts, and a new barometer). We'll also be checking into French Polynesia (getting our passports stamped, etc).

We have an oil leak at the engine coming from the oil pressure switch. So I have to find a new one or order one and have it flown in. We can still run the engine but we lose engine oil slowly while it is running.

Also I have to find someone who can re-weld our broken radar scanner mount.

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