A 20 minute dinghy ride away was Vaitahu, a small village that lies along the seafront while the slopes reach up behind. On our first trip there the swell was so great I wasn’t sure how we could actually get off the dinghy, and was very grateful to a couple of workmen on the quay giving the kids a hand up, timing it between surges. There was a museum charting the island’s history, with a few artifacts apparently, but the key was lost, the caretaker on holiday for a fortnight. The central attraction for us was the Catholic church. It was staggeringly beautiful, the highlight being a the centrepiece of azure stained glass depicting a Marquesan Mary holding the Christ Child in her arms. The following day Xavier returned to the local internet hotspot with Francis and Isabelle, to upload some homework assignments, and on the way home the dinghy was surrounded by a pod of dolphins playing around, so close if they had stretched out their hands they would have touched them. Another highlight to our week in Tahuata.