This Way Not to the Waterfall

(Bay of Virgins, Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia)

Fatu Hiva, particularly the village of Hanavave, is known for its sensational 200 foot waterfall. Should anyone be looking to find it, Gregory and I can give you exact, perfect directions on how not to get there.

Whether it was the mere excitement of finally setting foot on land, or the belief that the other had committed the directions to memory, we hiked on through the village to a destination unknown. Now if there’s anywhere to walk around lacking any purpose or direction its this island. The sights are never-ending, and even though my legs bemoaned their forgotten use, it was wonderful to be out and about again!

The mountainous landscape made for National Geographic worthy shots everywhere we looked. With rocky spires marking where we started. The vegetation was out-of-this-world. Forests of palm trees swayed in the wind. Tropical breadfruit trees, hoards of bananas fronds, massive grapefruit burdening their branches, and mango-less mango trees were everywhere we looked. Greg even befriended a local who looked like they could really use a drink.

All in all we didn’t find the waterfall, but we covered some remarkable ground and couldn’t have been more happy to be completely lost.


A view back towards the anchorage


A green world. A little different from our regular blue one.


Greg making friends with the locals as per usual.


We decided to take the road a little less travelled.


Huge breadfruit lining the road.

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