A change of scenery

Today we picked up anchor from Nuku Hiva and sailed south to the island of Ua Pou. The day was perfect for it; steady winds and sunshine. Friends bought fresh tuna before leaving Nuku Hiva so sushi is on the menu for dinner.

Hakahau Bay, Ua Pou, Marquesas

Everyone said that if you stay too long in Taiohae your boat hull will be covered in slime and you chain covered in barnacles. We stayed in Taiohae May 7-June 17 and upon raising anchor to head to Ua Pou our chain came up looking like a reef! You couldn’t see the chain for all the barnacle growth.

A few hours after leaving Nuku Hiva we were anchoring in Hakahau Bay and setting a stern anchor for the first time ever to keep the boat pointed into the very large swell. After anchoring we dropped the dinghy to explore the town. Ua Pou is the third largest island in the Marquesas and didn’t fail to impress with its rugged peaks and beautiful valleys.

We only stayed a few days here. There wasn’t room for us behind the break wall to anchor out of the swell. This resulted in us being anchored at the opening of the bay. The swell was so bad our stern anchor couldn’t hold us at all and so Pulsar ended up sideways to some really big swell. It is the most uncomfortable anchoring we had experienced. So we picked up and moved to another anchorage around the corner.

Departing Crew

WAY back, in 2020, as we geared up for sailing to French Polynesia, Rachel joined as crew. Then covid-19 created a pandemic and all plans halted. Then, once again, up for almost any adventure, Rachel joined us again and sailed with us from Cabo San Lucas, MX to Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia.

Adventurous, flexible, fun, family, and skilled at navigating our particular brand of crazy, Rachel made for great crew. Today we bid her a fond farewell as she sets off on another adventure sailing to Tahiti. Fair winds!

Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva

While the Pacific crossing was good, the Marquesas are better, and we have only seen one island. Our first anchorage was the bay of Taiohae. Check in was smooth and exploration fun. We walked through a park which sits on the old sight of Fort Colette, hiked to Colette Bay and checked out all the small stores called magasines. Taiohae is a beautiful bay where it is lushly green, rains half the time, and started our introduction to the Marquesas off right.