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Embracing Marquesan Hospitality: Tales from the Islands

After only 31 days of solo sailing from Panama, I arrived in the enchanting paradise of Marquesas. I visited Fatu Hiva. One of the Islands to greet me with open arms. It was a moment of triumph and exhilaration. That being so, the sight of 11 boats in the anchorage both comforted and daunted me. Thus reminding me of the challenges that lay ahead. Yet, amidst the flurry of activity, fellow sailors welcomed me with open arms. They offer assistance and camaraderie, a testament to the unbreakable bonds forged at sea. Therefore what awaited me was not just breathtaking landscapes and pristine waters, but also the warmth and generosity of the people who call these islands home.

Exploring the underwater world, getting a glimpse of all the islands and to see how the Polynesian in Marquesas spent their free-time was also very special.

A Taste of Marquesan Hospitality

As I stepped foot on Fatu Hiva, Guy, a friendly local, greeted me and welcomed me into his world with open arms. He invited me to his humble abode in the village. Treating me to an abundance of fresh Pamplemousses and bananas. Plucked straight from the trees that adorned his home. With a smile, he cut the fruit into convenient pieces, ensuring I had enough to sustain me for weeks to come. Carrying my belongings and bags filled with fruit, Guy accompanied me back to the dock. His hospitality leaving a lasting impression on my journey.

Sharing the Bounty: Acts of Kindness Across the Islands

Venturing further into the heart of the Marquesas, I encountered countless acts of kindness from the locals. In Oa-Pou, a generous lady offered me a hearty meal and two mangos, refusing any payment in return. In Hiva Oa, as I hiked with the locals into town. As a consequence I received more gifts of fruit, a gesture of hospitality that transcended language barriers and cultural differences.

A Community of Generosity: Stories from Controllers Bay

In Controllers Bay, Nuku Hiva, the spirit of hospitality thrived as a beach worker offered me freshly picked bananas with a warm smile. Here, in the simplicity of island life, strangers became friends. Therefore acts of kindness were woven into the fabric of everyday existence.

Conclusion: Embracing the Spirit of Kaoha

In the Marquesas Islands, hospitality is not just a gesture; it is a way of life. From the moment I arrived, I was embraced by the warmth and generosity of the people. Whose kindness left an indelible mark on my journey. As I continue to explore these remote and enchanting islands, as a consequence I remind myself that the true beauty of travel lies not just in the destinations we visit but in the connections we forge along the way. And in the Marquesas, those connections are woven with threads of kindness, hospitality, and the spirit of Kaoha. Making a true connection involves saying “Kaoha” to everyone you meet.


My name is Jacqueline Evers from The Netherlands. Solo sailing around the world in my 27 foot sloop. While my husband and son may have chosen a different path, their unwavering support fuels my solo pursuit of this lifelong dream.

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