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Our Marquesian friend shows off his elaborate shoulder tattoo
The Marquesas does some excellent tattooing.
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Language: French, Marquesian (in the Marquesas) and Tahitian (in the Society Islands)
Population:  Polynesian people, and some continental French.
Money:  French Polynesian Francs, worth about 1 US cent each
Landscape:  The Marquesas and Society islands are high and lush. The Tuamotus are low and dry coral atolls with low brush and coconut palms. The Society Islands are high and lush with extensive barrier reefs.
Visited: Arrived in the Marquesas June 15, 2003. Left the boat in Tahiti Aug 31, 2003 to fly to the States to renew our tourist visas. Came back Jan 17, 2004. Left Maupiti for Tonga May 5, 2004.

The Marquesas Islands of Ua Pou and Nuku Hiva were our first stops in French Polynesia after our 24 day sail from The Galapagos. After a couple weeks in the Marquesas we sailed west to the Tuamotus: Makemo, Tahanea, Fakarava, and Toau. We left the boat in Tahiti for a few months to visit friends and family in the States, then returned in January 2004 to return to the cruising lifestyle. We spent four months exploring Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa, Bora Bora, and Maupiti. At the end of the cyclone season (beginning of May) we set sail to the west towards the Kingdom of Tonga.

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