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Bluewater Destinations: South Pacific Islands - Marquesas & Tuamotus

2017-09-06 7 Dailymotion

The third of six 25-minute episodes by British Sailor, filmmaker and circumnavigator, Michael Briant. Join Michael as he sails to exotic destinations from the Caribbean to Asia aboard his 1980 Moody 36 center cockpit sloop, Bambola.

EPISODE 3 make your first landfall on Fatu-Hiva in the Marquesas, then explore Tahuata and Hiva-Oa. Visit the grave of French artist, Paul Gauguin. Take a tour with a local chief to archeological sites and learn about Polynesian history. Then sail on to the rarely visited island of Ua-Poa with its soaring rock spires and dramatic mountain waterfall.

Next sail north to Nuku-Hiva, the most sophisticated and modern of all the Marquesas Islands, and the chain's cultural and administrative center. The island still retains a laid back island lifestyle with many beautiful anchorages, and includes a wealth of ancient stone carvings and ruins. Herman Melville choose a village on Nuku-Hiva, where he jumped ship in 1842, as the setting for his first novel, Typee.

Finally sail north to the Tuamotus with their 78 atolls, many low-lying with dangerous with tricky channel entrances. A less fertile chain, the Tuamotus have less population. On Rangiroa, which hosts some exclusive and expensive vacation spots, get a close up look at the lucrative black pearl industry.

In the next episode of Bluewater Destinations, join Michael as he sails to Tahiti and explores the Society Islands, then on across the Pacific to the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

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