June 17, 2012

Ua Huka and Tahuata, June 2012

The Aranui also stops at Tahuata and Ua Huka, which have the atmosphere of being really off the beaten path. We stop at Vaitahu, on Tahuata, which is the main village and the first village that Europeans (Mendaña) arrived in 1595.  It has a unique history of politics. Ua Huka also has its uniqueness in that its terrain is more windswept and rugged, along with two unique and interesting local museums and a well-represented tropical botanical garden. The many wandering horses on this little island are everywhere and you can ride one if you wish.

Church at Vaitahu, Tahuata

Traditional carved stone canoe weights

Sewn-plank canoe from the Austral Islands

Horses at Hane, Ua Huka (on top of Dr. Sinoto's famous archaeology site!).

Hane, Ua Huka - site where Dr. Sinoto excavated back in the 1960s and '70s
Getting back to the Aranui in the whale boats - the crewmembers are amazing in getting you on the boat!

Koutau nui (mahalo nui!) for making the time to visit our little blog. 
Stop back again for future adventure updates! 
Mālama Pono!
A hui hou!
~ Victoria ❤

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