22 April 2010 | Atuona, Hiva Oa
We are now securely anchored in the "outer" anchorage at Atuona, a bit rolly, but at least we don't have to stand watch through the night. Realizing we couldn't make Atuona in daylight hours, we headed for the north side of the island, and anchored (in the dark) in Baie Puamau, and awoke Wednesday morning to spectacular towering rock pinnacles and sheer volcanic cliffs. As we hadn't officially arrived we couldn't go ashore, but instead headed out of the bay and around the end of the island. After having not seen any other sailboats all passage, we headed into Atuona with two others in sight. We anchored in Atuona at 1500 hrs local time. The bay is busy with about 30 cruising boats here - mainly as it is one of the two ports of entry into the Marquesas. Several 'buddy' boats arrived just ahead of us, so we have advance info on where to find everything in town, and the boys were off playing a game of soccer within two hours of arrival. The adults preferred the luxury of a freshwater shower at the dingy dock - a deluge of water from a hose pipe within a shoulder-high concrete breeze block cube. Rustic maybe, but possibly the best shower ever. It's good to have arrived. We averaged 5.4 knots for the passage, taking 22 days. If we hadn't been so becalmed immediately upon leaving Mexico, we would probably done it at least a day quicker, but on the other hand, having Morgan's sailing expertise definitely improved our boat speed! Hopefully today we'll scope out some land based internet. Cheers, Team Mulan PS. Having all sorts of trouble getting propagation, so has taken several days to get this posted.