Greetings from Nuka Hiva,
We finally made it to Nuka Hiva, after having missed it because of rough seas on our way to Papeete, Tahiti. Nuka Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia and is an overseas territory of France.
Herman Melville wroth his book, “Typee” based on his experiences in the Taipivai Valley on the eastern part of Nuka Hiva and Robert Louis Stevenson made landfall here on the north side in 1888. As you can see by the photos, some of the island is rocky and barren and parts are lush and green. There are pine forest plantations and parts of the island give an overall impression of the lower Alps and parts of Germany, Wales and Switzerland. The highest peak is just a hair over 4,000 feet.
We are at Latitude 8°55.37’ S and Longitude 140° 06.10’ W, so just south of the equator.
We will pull up our anchor at sunset and spend a day at sea before we reach Rangiroa, our next island for a glass bottom boat ride over a Coral Garden. Should be nice.
Until next time, God Bless you all.
Jud and Vicki