We all decided to hike up to the Vaipo waterfall - the books say it is the 3rd highest waterfall in the world. It is a good walk, about 2.5 hours each way, but not very steep just very rocky. I don't know how many times we crossed the river, but it felt good. The ancient Marquesans that used to live up by the waterfall had quite a hike when they wanted fresh fish for dinner.
It was definitely worth the trip though. The waterfall cascades about 2,000 feet into a beautiful rocky pool. A great place to swim and cool off - we guessed the water was about 75 degrees which kept us cool all the way back to the bay. Being that close to the waterfall splashing around down on you was very impressive and loud!
The local folks along the path were very nice to us - offering bananas and helping us find the path. Wish we could have stayed longer, but we left yesterday for the island just south - Ua Pou - which was about a 25 mile motor/sail. We are sorry to report that no fish were caught! We are currently anchored in Baie d' Hakahua where we will spend a couple of days exploring. They have a pizza parlor that we just have to check out tonight - why not?
Next stop (we think) the Tuamotu atolls. Looking forward to seeing those crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches!
Hope everyone is well - we miss you.
PS: Pictures will follow as soon as we have an internet connection again.
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