From July 4th to 8th, we were in Nuku Hiva.
Nuku Hiva is the biggest island in the Marquesas archipelago.
On the day of our arrival, Alvane from pension Koku’u came to pick us up at the airport. The road to the pension was long so we made a few stops and took some pictures to start feeling the atmosphere. The scenery is very different from other islands: a high island without a lagoon, mountains falling in the sea… you would think a little that you are in New Zealand!
In the afternoon, we went for a walk: visit of the village, walk to a ‘meae’ (same as a ‘marae’ in tahitian)… We wanted to come back to the pension but took the wrong road two times, went back to the port to have a drink before going back to the pension (on the right road this time). The evening, marquesan dance show. For the event, Alvane’s wife, Claudine, made a crown of flowers for Lauriane.
The next day, a little walk to go to Colette Bay. With the heat, it as hard to go up, but the walk was not too long so we survived. Well, nothing amazing, we went on our way back to the pension.
On Monday 6th, we went on a day tour to go to Vaipo waterfall. It is 350 meters high and is the highest waterfall in French Polynesia. It is located in Hakaui’s valley. To go there with our guide Thierry, we took a boat to a bay, and then walked during 2h30-3h because we were talking, Thierry told us about history, legends, and so on. We went through old villages in the forest. Once we arrived, we ate quickly because mosquitos were attacking us despite the repellent generously applied. On our way back, we reached the bay in only one hour and then, ‘nonos’ attack (for those who know New Zealand sandflies, well they are the same). Then we took the boat to come back to the port, and were able to see tens of manta rays which were eating plankton on the surface.
On Tuesday 7th, Jérémy got the top of his right arm tattooed. It was painful but everything went well.
In the afternoon, Alvane took us on a tour in the valleys, showed us a lot of nice spots and presented us a wonderful performance: the pig haka.
On Wednesday, July 8th, direction Hiva Oa, Paul Gauguin’s and Jacques Brel’s island of adoption.