Marquises Islands

Hakahau (Sunday, June 15, 1997)

We got up early enough to have a leisurely breakfast and the traditional Sunday morning pot of English tea. We hoisted anchor at 2130 and headed to Hakahau. The village of Hakahau was only five miles from Hakahetau. It took us all of one and one-half hours to make it to Hakahau and set anchor again.

This anchorage turned out to be pretty crowded as well. There is a breakwater in this anchorage but we were not lucky enough to get a spot behind the breakwater. We set a bow and stern anchors and again suffered swells from the north. This time it was a little more tolerable because we used both anchors.

We spent a leisurely afternoon on the boat and ventured into town the next morning. We took our trusty tour guide and decided to see the town. Keep in mind that these villages and towns are not very big. You can walk the town in less than an hour and have covered all of the streets. We had heard that there was a museum in this town that Etienne had helped to establish. We walked every street in the town and never did find the museum. Maybe we missed some of the streets. There is a CETAD school in Hakahau. This is a trade school where the children from many of the villages on the entire island commute to attend. We also learned that once the children reach high school age, they are shuttled to Hakahau on Monday morning and board and attend school through Friday and then shuttled back to their own village.

While we were checking out the town we checked in with the Gendarme. It was our opinion that this town wasn't as clean as the ones that we had seen before. There was litter in the streets and the yards were not manicured like they had been in Hakahetau. We visited each of the markets that were listed in the tour guide. We bought some bread and ice cream. We also went to the bank to get some more cash, went to the Post Office to buy stamps for our post cards and to place a call to the boat yard that is in Raiatea. We needed to raise the water line on Mouse Pad and learned of a full service boat yard in Raiatea. We booked our haul out for a few days after Bastille Day.

There is a dinghy landing just behind the breakwater. There is also a water faucet on the dinghy landing. I'm not sure if the water is potable as we saw no other cruisers using this faucet. We did see some of the villagers bring their pickup trucks to the dock and wash them using this faucet. While we were walking around the town NoNo flies bit us. We noticed several of the stores had cylinders for gas (either butane or propane) but we didn't notice any place to buy gasoline or diesel fuel.

We decided to not spend a lot of time in Hakahau. On Monday we would head to the island of Nuku Hiva.


Leaving Hakahatau
Arriving at Hakahatau Village.


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