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Bonobo… From the Marquesas Islands

Published on 20 july 2017 at 0h00

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Fatu Hiva is the most southerly of the Marquesas Islands. It is very isolated and only visited by passing yachts and the small cruise ships which sail in these waters. The highlight of Fatu Hiva is the Bay of Virgins, which encircles the small village of Hanavave, one of the most beautiful areas in the Marquesas (and according to some, in the top 5 most scenic places in the world!). The head of this bay which gets plenty of rainfall is quite shallow, but shelves steeply, and is bordered by two walls of lava. The vegetation is incredibly lush. The slopes of these cliff faces are covered in tall grasses which are home to hordes of wild goats. Wherever they have been able to get a foothold, there are coconut palms and other shrubs. These two dark cliff faces, open up a kind of door into another enclosed cirque. The vegetation is just incredible! There are twelve boats bobbing on the swell in an area where you would expect no more than five. The anchorage is bursting at the seams with sailboats. The sea bed is deep and covered with a thin layer of pebbles, leading it to be reputed as unpredictable holding. It is also a zone known for frequent gusts of katabatic wind. The captain decided to anchor some ...

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