Hanavave Falls, Fatu Hiva

There is a famous waterfall about an hour outside the village.

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At times the occasional stone markers in the jungle were our only clue that we were going the right way.

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It was a hot muddy trek to the falls but worth the effort.

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The pond is home to crawfish and blue eyed eels. To S’s relief we only saw crawfish.

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After swimming over for a crawfish eye view of the falls,

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and a c-nut snack,

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we took the scenic rode home, climbing a ridge to see the anchorage.

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The view of the valley was incredible.

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K really wanted to go see this hole in the rock curtain just below the top of the ridge but it would have taken days to get there.

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We passed a Mary spring in the side of a hill and stopped to have a sip. As you’d expect, the Mary water was miraculous; it was cool and clear and didn’t taste at all like the crawfish that were living in the catchment. 

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We also saw reminders of the pre-Christian era. This gent was probably the well-endowed chairman of the ancient village.

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We left the 6 ton petroglyph in place and brought home coffee beans instead.

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10°27.80’S 138°37.75’W 10-Apr-18 12:30 PDT

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