|$5 USD entry free -- in theory -- outside sizable, restored|
Ua Poa Zekao Hakahau ceremonial site.
Thus started our introduction to Xavier Germain, French expat, retired middle school English (as a second language) teacher, and self-appointed Ua Poa* tour guide. Even before agreeing to take his tour, he pointed out the beef bourgnion in the grocery store, the free wifi at the library, and the carvings at the church in town....
*Ua Poa is pronounced "wah poe," according to Xavier.
|Mother and child sculpture at restored|
Zekao Hakahau ceremonial site.
|Wayne's 2nd favorite ceremonial tiki/|
sculpture -- after the smiling tiki
of Hiva Oa.
|A small section of a mural that spread the interior of|
a tiny Ua Poa church on Xavier's tour.
|Ua Poa's Valley of the Chiefs, once the primary settlement|
on the island, was our first scenic overlook stop.
|Steve of Armagh at another stunning scenic overlook on Xavier's tour.|
|Wayne spotted this jellyfish (one of many!) washed up on|
the rocky beach Xavier took us to in search of the famed flower rocks.
"I'll need to stop outside this place... you'll walk up the road to it. After they restored this ceremonial site, some guy claimed it's on his land and wants to charge $5 for everyone who visits it. But if you just walk in... Look for me in case I have to move the truck while you're there."
|The ever observant Wayne noticed this Ua Poa kid (baby goat)|
was so newly born, we could still see it's afterbirth.
|Seems the boys got quite a workout on the tour. |
Patty and I were a bit more chipper.
Before long we'd be in the Tuamotus, where rumor had it produce was not only near non-existent, but also a good item to trade for fish.
|Armagh's dinghy, loaded with bananas, pamplemousse and|
a case of Coca Cola and Hinano beer after Xavier's tour.
This is a recent retrospective of our fourth Marquesas island stop, Ua Poa (S9.21.537 W140.02.867). We are currently on our fifth and final Marquesas island, Nuku Hiva. We're anchored in Nuku Hiva's Tahioe Bay (S8.54.856 W140.05.880), and will visit Hakatea aka "Daniel's Bay" on Nuku Hiva before moving onto the Tuamotus, which are still part of French Polynesia. This was pre-posted from Tahioe as we're not sure between now and June 18th, our target date for arriving in Tahiti, when we'll have wifi.