Another big reason why I wanted to do this expedition is because of the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park. Starboard (and mainly Svein Rasmussen, the owner) work very hard to make this world a better place by using eco-friendly materials, not using plastics, recycling materials and by off-setting the carbon footprint production creates. They do this by planting mangroves in Myanmar. These mangroves absorb the CO2 in the air and the huge park where this happens is called The Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park.
Now back to my crossing. At 5.30 pm the wind started picking up and I could point up wind enough to just make the island. I could see the contours of Fatu Hiva, rising tall straight out of the ocean but the sun was setting and without a moon I could barely see the island. Finally around 9 pm in the evening I got to the point of Fatu Hiva, derigged my sail and paddled the last two hours to Hanavave, one of the most spectacular bays you will ever encounter. Tall green rock formations, in which many faces and tikis are carved, form a narrow lush green valley where about 150 people live. Fatu Hiva is not as isolated as it was back in 1937 but still the only way to get here is by boat which visits the island every two weeks. The inhabitants fish and grow fruits. The volcanic lands are very fertile and the tall mountains provide plenty of rain.