22. april 2012  
  Marquesas, French Polynesia
 
 

Marquesas Islands are a group of volcanic islands, which form the eastern border of French Polynesia. The highest point is "Mount Oave", which rises 1,230 meters above sea level. The people of the Marquesas counts approx. 8000 people. The first known settlement was by Polynesians who came to the islands is already 100 years e.Kr.f. Excavations have shown that they probably sailed from Tonga and Samoa.

Of all the islands of French Polynesia were the Marquesas Islands who experienced the greatest reduction in population due to diseases western explorers brought with them. An estimate suggests that nearly 100,000 people lived on these islands in the late 1600's.

Marquesas Islands are some of the most remote islands is found on the planet. It is 1.371 km. to Tahiti to the west and 4.800 km. to Mexico in the east. Although the islands lie in the tropical zone, and the common belief is that the Polynesian islands are favored with plenty of rainfall, Marquesas remarkably dry. Water supply is a relevant issue for the islands that do not have high mountains. The mountainous islands such as Ua Pou, catching the clouds well, and have less water problems.

Despite the relatively dry climate, it is outrageously rampant on the islands. The jungle, rain forest and scrub all over, and the earth has a fertility that might make this the only place on Earth can be expected to grow anything.

With one exception, the islands steep and ugjestmill coast. Only a hundred meters from the coast we find the depth of 500-1000 meters. This means two things in particular. There are no corals or coral reefs that protect the islands. It is extremely large species of shark in the Marquesas. Over all, the message is clear: "No swimming".

We visited three islands: Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva and Ua Pou. Nuku Hiva is the largest, and is the island that houses the Internal Board of Marquesas. This is where we find the schools and this is where the hospital is. It is remarkable high quality of everything infrasturktur and public services to do, and the atmosphere on the islands is relaxed and very friendly and welcoming. Perhaps it is no wonder, for here there is no tourism. It throws back the occasional sailboat on the circumnavigation, but it never gets any volume. This gives us a unique touch with those who live here.

For example, Maria invited us to his house and gave us many hours of lesson in what nature has to offer. We learned, tasted and experienced an authenticity to look anywhere else in the world.

Maria was also a super teacher for an untrained coconut peels. Simple tools.

It is not just adding the nearest fuel dock, and fill the tanks to the brim. Many times, as here at Nuku Hiva, it is a project for many hours to fill the tanks. When we are full, we have 750 liters of diesel. 300 liters of this, cans, and it's pitchers have to run back and forth numerous times to get filled up their internal mind the boat.

So it is from the Marquesas this word comes from - not Sweden (sign on the men's room).

 

 

"Tiki" is a traditional Polynesian statues, which often symbolizes fertility.

Bread fruit was William Bligh, captain of the HMS Bounty, its project in Polynesia. He should cultivate the worship of breadfruit, to bring the tilde West Indian colonies as cheap food for slaves there. As we know, there was mutiny on board, and bread fruit was never transported to the Caribbean.

We know not yet how it tastes, but at all to use it, it must be grilled / cooked long over hot coals or pan. Bread fruit grows everywhere on the Marquesas.