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Delos has landed!

On Tuesday, April 20, at 1300 UTC, we dropped anchor in Taaoa Bay on the island of Hiva Oa. Our total time on the boat since we left La Cruz, Mexico, on Saturday, March 27, at 2300 UTC, is… * 18 days of sailing * 24 days at sea (including our time anchored off of…
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Baie Tahuku, Marquesas by Brian

After spending a night in Baie Tahuku the Delos crew finally put their feet on terra firma for the first time in 25 days.  It was a wobbly walk as our brain told our legs to anticipate a roll of the ground that didn’t happen, making us feel like we just got off a long…
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Meeting the locals- Hanamenu, Hiva Oa by Brady

After spending three days in Atuona, Hiva Oa we decided to check out the north side of the island before heading to Fatu Hiva.  We planned on leaving Atuona early so I went in to the little gas station for bread and tomatoes.  There was no bread but the lady said it would be 10…
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Meeting the locals – by Brady

After spending three days in Atuona, Hiva Oa we decided to check out the north side of the island before heading to Fatu Hiva. We planned on leaving Atuona early so I went in to the little gas station for bread and tomatoes. There was no bread but the lady said it would be 10…
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Off to Fatu Hiva

We spent the last week circumnavigating the island of Hiva Oa, hopping from bay to bay along the north side of the island. We’ve had some amazing experiences meeting locals and being introduced to the Marquesan lifestyle. Brady made quick friends with a local in the surf break and ended up spending the night ashore…
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Hanaiapa, Hiva Oa By Brian

After two days enjoying the cool, refreshing swimming hole at Hanamenu we decided to pick up the hook and continue east on our circumnavigation of Hiva Oa.  During our sail from Atuona we knocked our deck light from it’s mast fitting and it was now precariously hanging from the wires, banging against the mast as…
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Puamau, Hiva Oa By Brian

Shortly after arriving in Puamau we saw a few locals in what looked to be the most promising surf break since Barra de Navidad in Mexico.  The stern hook had barely hit the sand before Brady had his board down and was paddling towards the break. About 2 hours later Brady returned with a big…
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Apataki by Erin

Yesterday I had the 4 a.m. – 7 a.m. watch. After four days of sailing from Nuka Hiva, we were due to make landfall at Apataki atoll at 8 a.m. None of us had ever seen an atoll, nor had we sailed through a group of them. From what I’d read, I expected nothing more…
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Bay of Phalli, Fatu Hiva by Brian

This incredibly picturesque bay on Fatu Hiva is the stuff magazine covers are made of.  In fact, the cover photo for Charlie’s Charts of the South Pacific (one of our many cruising guides) uses this photo to lure prospective buyers.  The bay gets it’s name from the many phallic rock formations dominating the mountains encompassing…
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Delos Gets Tattooed, By Brian

I never thought much about getting a tattoo.  Not that it bothered me or was too permanent,  the thought just had never crossed my mind before sailing to the Marquesas.  Before the trip Erin and I read, and read, and read about the islands and people.  We read cruising guides, travel guides, memoirs, fiction, and…
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