19 January 2014 | 02 21.241'S:105 37.595'E, between Bangka and Sumatra
10 January 2014 | 02 44.5'S:111 43.9'E, Kumai, Kalimantan, Indonesia (Borneo)
07 January 2014 | 06 59.103'S:114 07.199'E, East end of Madura, Eastern end of Java, Indonesia
24 December 2013 | 08 30.473'S:116 01.389'E, Lombok, Indonesia
19 December 2013 | Komodo National Park, Indonesia
14 December 2013 | Komodo National Park, Indonesia
06 December 2013 | 08 31.113'S:119 52.065'E, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
05 December 2013 | 08 23.583'S:120 02.972'E, Flores Sea
04 December 2013 | 07 57'S:120 49'E, Flores Sea
03 December 2013 | 07 16.0'S:122 11.7'E, Bone Rate, Indonesia
02 December 2013 | 06 03.9'S:124 08'E, Wakatobi, Indonesia
01 December 2013 | 04 54.932'S:126 13.158'E, The Banda Sea
30 November 2013 | 3 42.134'S:128 10.149'E, Ambon City
25 November 2013 | 4 31.374'S:129 53.872'E, Melissa's Garden, Raja Ampat, Papua
25 November 2013 | 4 31.374'S:129 53.872'E, Raja Ampat
25 November 2013 | 4 31.374'S:129 53.872'E, Banda Neira
18 November 2013 | 1 53.459'S:129 43.990'E, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
18 November 2013 | 1 13.245'S:129 45.069'E, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
17 November 2013 | 0 26.578'S:130 26.639'E, Raja Ampat
10 November 2013 | 0 57.185'S:130 40.136'E, Raja Ampat
28 June 2012 | 08 56.614'S:140 09.833'W, Nuku Hiva
What a fantastic day yesterday. One of the highlights so far. We anchored in Anse Hakatea (aka Daniel's Bay). This bay housed one of the survivor tribes in the Marquesas season. Up from the sister bay next door--Hakaui, it is about and hour and a half to two hour hike up to the Hakaui Cascade which is supposedly the third highest in the world. The hike is stunning. The valley is surrounded by Cliffs/Mountains that rise very sharply from the valley floor. The valley itself is a mixture of fruit trees, and rainforest.
The hike starts by going through the very small, very remote village of Hakaui. We were first met by Teiki and Kua who invited us to stop for dinner on our return.
Next we were stopped by an older woman, Monet, who served us coffee, citronade, and fried bananas. The crew of Ruby Soho happened to walk by and stopped for coffee with us as well. They were on there way down from the waterfall, while we were on our way up.
The hike was amazing. It took about an hour and a half to get to the waterfall through a rugged and immensely lush valley. As you get near the waterfall there are warning signs for falling rocks, and some hard hats are available by the side of the trail. Unfortunately, due to the geography, you can't see the waterfall from its base. It is hidden behind ridges and rock formations. So I would say the waterfall on Fatu Hiva presents a much more dramatic arrival. But we hopped in the pool to cool down and had a look around. You might be able to find the waterfall with some serious rock climbing requiring equipment. And as it was getting late, and we heard a couple big rocks fall, we left fairly quickly. We were able to get sight of the upper reaches from farther way--spilling off the top of the mountains a couple of thousand feet up.
On the way back we stopped and had dinner with Teiki and Kua. These two are amazingly hospitable people, and the dinner of avocado/coconut/watercress salad with banana vinagrette, roasted breadfruit, fried bananas, some other sort of bananas, and goat in coconunt milk followed by pamplemousse and mango for desert--was amazing. Teiki has a lot of traditional tatoos including over half of his face and head. Very interesting and warm people. The also sell first rate fruit at about 1/3 the price found in town. This is a must stop place!
We are now getting ready to cast off for the tuamotus....