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Daniel with fruit for usDaniel has been living in Hakatea, aka Daniel's Bay, for most of his life. He and his wife, Antoinette are the friends of yachting folk from all parts of the world. We went ashore to say "hello" and to search Daniel's Log Books for the July 15, 1978 entry of Charles and Patty Hathaway, who sailed here so many years ago on Tiare with family and friends. We found their entry...

We left Taohae for Hakatea (Daniel's Bay), Thursday April 5. We spent the afternoon hiking to 900' high Vaipo Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Marquesas Islands. We began our trek by taking the'"rubber duck" over to the neighboring Hakaui Bay, crossed the sandbar at the river mouth and tied off to a tree at the river's edge. A handsome young man in his early twenties, who introduced himself as Augustine the Prince, pointed the...

View of TaiohaeWe had originally planned to leave Taiohae today, to spend a few days in Hakatea, also known as Daniel's Bay, but decided to stay an extra day in order to have new acquaintances from a Norwegian sailboat to dinner. Arve Johannson, owner of S/Y Hildring, and his friend Egil Mollekleiv both speak excellent English and seemed like interesting people to get to know. Little did we know how interesting. Arve and his wife...

View of TaiohaeTuesday we finish our "Official Business" of checking into French Polynesia. After missing the "open hours" yesterday, we go to the Post Office first thing in the morning, buy the stamp for 55PF and mail "The Official Letter" to Papeete. It isn't really "first thing" because we have to wait until after a tropical downpour, which here go by the misnomer of "rain showers". We then go back to the Gendarmarie office, and...

Don and ladies picking fruitDon and I head up to the hotel Monday morning at 0800 to meet with Ismael, the bartender. We met Ismael Saturday night, when we ate dinner at the hotel. Marianne, the wife of the chef, who is also the restaurant manager and our waitress for the evening, had made arrangements for Ismael to take us up into the hills to gather fruit of all kinds. She told us that there...

Church is outWe were up by 0630 on Sunday morning, but it didn't seem that early. We had left out clocks on Los Cabos time for our passage and arriving in Nuku Hiva changed them to two and a half hours earlier (a total of 3 ½ hrs. earlier than Seattle, standard time). Church at 0800 was delightful. There are two churches in the village, one Catholic and one Protestant. We went to the Catholic...

Starr at HakahauKaoha Nui from Nuku Hiva,We made landfall on Saturday, March 31, at about 1600. We had increased the rpm of the boat from 1200 to 1300, which increased our boat speed from about 7 knots to 7.5+knots. This enabled us to arrive on Saturday afternoon, instead of after dark, a much more pleasant experience. We wanted to get a good night's rest so we could go to church on Sunday morning. We go...

This is what it is all aboutHello to you all.Today is Day 6 and we are now 1082nm miles from Los Cabos. It is difficult to write a journal entry; the seas have been seas and every time I sit down to write, my stomach becomes queasy. The skies are mostly cloudy, with the sun coming out in the afternoon. Seas are 6-8 foot swell and building with spindrift. Each day it has gotten warmer....

Another day in ParadiseStarr left Seattle on November 11 on its way to Mexico for some shake-down cruising before heading across the Pacific to French Polynesia. We had to stop in for two weeks San Diego to repair our bow thruster and arrived in Cabos San Lucas December 1.  ...