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Marquesas, French Polynesia
 

What a feeling to see land after 20 days water, sun and darkness! A sailing trip of 3000 miles, day and night time in a 3 hour living rhythm.

The Marquesas Islands means "The Land of Men" are a group of islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southern Pacific Ocean. French Polynesia covers an area about the size of Europe. It is made up of over 100 islands in five archipelagos: the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society, Gambier and Austral Islands.

All of the Marquesas Islands are high islands and volcanic origin, except Motu One.  Unlike the majority of the islands of French Polynesia, the Marquesas are not surrounded by protective fringing reefs.

We visited the following islands:
Fatu Hiva:
The island is extremely impressive with high mountains, steep waterfalls and a lush tropical vegetation. The baje des Vierges is the most scenic anchorage I have ever seen. The friendly people of Hanavave live a simple content life in a deep, dark valley.
Nuku Hiva: This is the largest island and the capital of the Marquesas. It offers many protected anchorages.
Ua Pou: The most scenic island in the Marquesas from a distance with its volcanic spires and needles.

 

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