Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Anchorages... Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, May 25, 2010

Hakatea (Daniels Bay) is the most protected from the swell entering Taioa Bay and is a favourite among cruisers. Through the fairly narrow entrance the bay opens up to the right into a circular basin with a sandy beach. We celebrated Elliot's 21st birthday with a crab feast on the beach. Yes, Elliot and Owen hunted down the land crabs behind the beach at sunset and we cooked them straight away over the fire.

From the anchorage of Hakatea you can take the dinghy or walk around to the bay of Hakaui where you can hike to Vaipo, the third highest waterfall in the world (free-fall cascade over 900 feet). The hike starts as a pleasant walk down a hibiscus lined path, through citrus and banana groves and gradually becomes more strenuous. Everyone says it's well worth the effort to swim in the pool at the bottom.

Taioa Bay is a magical, eerie kind of paradise, as this picture suggests.

*Part of a series of images highlighting our favourite anchorages.

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