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Hanavave Bay on the Marquesas Island of Fatu Hiva

Cruising French Polynesia on the Aranui 3 Passenger Freighter

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Fatu Hiva (sometimes spelled Fatu Iva) is one of the Marquesas Islands located in French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Few cruise ships visit the Marquesas, but the cruise passenger freighter the Aranui 3 makes 16-day trips to the Marquesas from Tahiti 16 times a year. The Aranui 3 serves as both a supply ship for the Marquesas and as a passenger ship for travelers who want to experience this remote part of the world. We loved watching the crew unload items such as the 4-wheel drive vehicle seen in the pictures below.

Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The contrast of the light on the bay between the early and late afternoon views seen in the pictures below is amazing.

Hanavave Bay is also sometimes called the Bay of Virgins because of the unusual rock formations surrounding the bay. The residents of the small village came to greet the Aranui 3 and welcomed us to their lovely home with music and dancing. It was a special afternoon.

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Approaching Hanavave Bay on the Aranui 3 Passenger FreighterApproaching Hanavave Bay on the Aranui 3 Passenger FreighterFatu Hiva's Hanavave Bay in the Early AfternoonFatu Hiva's Hanavave Bay in the Early AfternoonDelivering a New Vehicle to Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas IslandsDelivering a New Vehicle to Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas IslandsTransporting New Vehicle to Shore from the Aranui 3 to Fatu HivaTransporting New Vehicle to Shore from the Aranui 3 to Fatu Hiva
Aranui 3 Barge Delivering New 4-wheel Drive Vehicle to Fatu HivaAranui 3 Barge Delivering New 4-wheel Drive Vehicle to Fatu HivaVillage of Hanavave on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French PolynesiaVillage of Hanavave on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French PolynesiaScenic Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French PolynesiaScenic Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French PolynesiaHanavave Entertainers on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French PolynesiaHanavave Entertainers on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia
Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva Island in the MarquesasRisque Fock Formations on Fatu HivaHanavave Bay on the Marquesas Island of Fatu HivaHanavave Bay on the Marquesas Island of Fatu HivaYoung Polynesian Dancer at Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands Young Polynesian Dancer at Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas IslandsSailing Away from Hanavave Bay on Fatu HivaSailing Away from Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva
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