French Polynesia

Contretemps: Hunting on Eiao

Published on 21 september 2017 at 0h00

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The nice surprise at the beginning of the month of June was a trip with some local hunters to the island of Eiao. They had booked the cat for 4 days, including the voyage. It was the best season to go there, or rather the least bad; the outward trip should be good – 75 miles, the anchorage too. The return leg would be tougher. The island was inhabited before the arrival of the first Europeans in the Polynesian islands. An oral tradition tells that there is a fabulous Peruvian treasure on the island, brought there by the Spanish. Others tell of a German submarine during the Second World War which anchored here secretly to hide a significant amount of booty. So we embarked 4 hunters, along with the authorization of the territorial administration and valid hunting permits. In half a day, we loaded the hunting and underwater fishing equipment, the rucksacks, the salt for the sheep killed, the kai kai, the crockery, six fruit trees to plant, a battery, a few beers and even the sleeping bags! The biggest cool box, 270 liters and full of ice, blocked the entrance to the ...

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