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Fatu Hiva / Hanavave
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Hanavave
Available places 15
Max depth 20 m
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Shops
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For boats

The  bay of virgins and village Hanavave is absolute MUST STOP for all cruisers visiting the Marquesas.
The anchorage is very scenic – one of the most beauty place in the world. The island itself is also beautiful and worth to walk into inland (waterfall).
The bay is a little open, and there is limited room for about ten boats. Drop the anchor at 7-20 meters. The bottom keep quite good. Be prepared for some swell, but anyway it is more quite bay then Omoa.
A small harbor with breakwater is located at NE part of the bay, where you can tie up your dinghy safety.
Water: on the quay of small harbor. It is the water collected from the rain.  
Fuel: difficult to find, ask locals or sail to Atuaona 45Nm North.
Gas: only Polynesian bottles available (not all the time). No possibility to refill your bottles.
Groceries: a small groceries with limited products. Fresh baguette are delivered from Omoa, not always available.
WiFi: there is a WiFi (available at anchorage), name ViniSPOT, but it’s not free and rather quite slow. One hour cost about 4EUR, 20hrs – 40 EUR (payment via internet with credit card). In 2016 the system worked wrong and with 1hr credit you can surf all the time.
Cash: no bank or ATM, bring a polynesian franks. Payment in US Dollars or Euro is limited, as well using a credit cards.
Fatu Hiva is not port of entry. If you are come in to Polynesia you should visit first one of three Gendarmerie areas in the Marquesas: Hiva Oa, Ua Pou or Nuku Hiva. However boats do often stop at Fatu Hiva first.
When we visited Omoa and Hanavave some boats came here without check in and had no problems with the local Police - but this may easily change. In the past several cruisers being fined US$200 or more for staying there without check in.

For crews

No shower or WC.  
If you arrive close to the July festivities the village practices dancing & drumming each evening.
There is no restaurant but local people may prepare a food especially for you. Ask them.
There is also an amazing waterfall you can hike to  (about 45 minutes one way) with a nice cool pool to swim in below the falls (but bring a bug spray). For direction ask the locals.
Catholic church is also worth to visit.
There is a 17km long dirty interior track that links Hanavave and Omoa. It’s good for walking and takes about 4 hours (one way). 
Tikis and other Marquesas souvenirs are available, ask for local artist, but the price are high.


no fees for anchoring
a boat taxi Hanavave - Omoa: about 100USD
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