Touring Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

Brief introduction: Taken from Landfalls of Paradise, Earl R Hinz & Jim Howard

” Only 6 of the archipelagos 12 islands are inhabited. Total land area of the group is about 492 square miles compared with the 407 square miles of Tahiti alone.
All are elevated, ranging in height between 1,300 & 4,000 feet, and are covered with a layer of deep and very fertile soil. These islands, mountainous & cut into deep valleys, are not protected by coral barrier reefs.
The group contains no indigenous land animals, but they do contain herds of wild sheep, cattle and pigs, that were left behind by earlier plantation workers. The islands do however, have many birds, the most interesting of which is a species of ground dove found no where else in the Pacific. Fish are also plentiful, and waters of the area contain a variety of enormous sharks.”

The San Blas Islands of Panama

Late May, we spent a week in the beautiful San Blas Islands.

The San Blas Islands are a vast archipelago on Panama’s Caribbean Coast, composed of 340 islands.  They are home to the indigenous Guna Indians, where the women make “molas”.   These are beautiful cloths that are intricately made by sewing and cutting different layers of colorful cloths.  Each mola is unique.

Least favorites of the week:  Chart quality (it’s so bad that many yachts are damaged or totally destroyed on the reefs).  A very violent night lightening storm.  Bee attack while sailing (about 50 bees made a home in our sail). It’s the kind of stuff that makes pirates say ARRRRRRRR!

Favorites of the week:  Being together on our boat with peaceful screensaver views surrounding us, beautiful people, fresh lobster, sailing at close to wind speed.  Peaceful remoteness, fresh fish dinners served in the cockpit listening to perfect music watching amazing sunsets.

This week could have been a dreamy magazine story about a place few have heard of and many would like to visit.

A few pictures around Panama

Colon, is a seaport that sits on the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.Colon

Les Cayes, Haiti

The streets of Les Cayes, on Mainland Haiti.  Les Cayes is one of Haiti’s major ports.