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    Marquesas – Nuku Hiva.

    Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas island chain but remains sparsely populated. The coast line is punctuated by a mix of steep cliffs and narrow bays. But it is the sheer diversity of the interior that enthralled me. Along the coast is it a typical Pacific island but venture inland and the contrast could not be starker with Taipivai bay causing us to blink given it’s similarity to our native Norwegian fjords. Whereas further inland one can find the Toovil plateau which is reminiscent of Western European alpine pastures and forests populated by contentedly grazing cattle making for a perfect pastoral scene. However we did not sail directly here…