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ISLANDS of TAHITI

INFORMATION




 HOTEL INFORMATION



HIVA OA

Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge

NUKU HIVA

Kekahanui Nuku Hiva
Pearl Lodge






 

AERIAL VIEW 



MARQUESAN TIKIS



HORSEBACK RIDING



MOANA ANCHORED - HIVA OA



CELEBRATION - HIVA OA



RAINFORST - FATU HIVA



BAY OF VIRGINS - FATU HIVA

THE MARQUESAS - THE MYSTERIOUS ISLANDS

930 miles northeast of Tahiti and about a three hour flight away, the Marquesas, or Henua Enata, meaning "Land of Men," are seemingly lost at the end of the earth.

Even now, some of the islands are virtually untouched since the era of European exploration. Their isolation has created an immense pride among the people and a fascinating culture. The language is unique to Tahiti, as the lilting Marquesan dialect is traced directly to the ancient Polynesian tongue of Maohi.

Natural wonders abound as 1000-foot waterfalls cascade down volcanic cliffs and towering mountains disappear into the clouds.

Paul Gauguin, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stephenson, Jack London, Jacques Brel… Over the last 170 years the Marquesas have been an escape for artists, writers, adventurers, and musicians. The Marquesas are where Herman Melville jumped ship and Paul Gauguin came to paint and retire. And it's no wonder! What could be more inspiring than a land opulent in
 ripe fruit; smiling, strong people; and green summits? A trip
 to the Marquesas is a journey that warms the heart, questions the mind, and tests the muscles. After laughing with the locals, learning about ancient traditions, and hiking through the jungle to the desert of the interior, you too could return home with creative ideas and lasting memories.

The Marquesas' dramatic coastline of cliffs, needles, and peaks towering to more than 1000 meters is the result of waves smashing against the rock, unmitigated by any sheltering reefs or lagoons. This rugged landscape is ridged with deep valleys draped in luxuriant tropical vegetation.

The small number of visitors who do come here are privileged to experience the mysterious ambience and warm welcome of a place yet to be discovered by mass tourism.

This world belongs to the past where the spirits of the ancient Maohi still live.


The primary islands of the Marquesas with lodging are:

 NUKU HIVA - MYSTIC ISLAND

The largest island in the Marquesas is known for towering spire-like peaks; secluded, lush valleys; ancient religious sites; fjord-like bays; and waterfalls so high that most of the falling water evaporates as it descends.

Nuku Hiva is the biggest island of the Marquesas archipelago, and the second largest island of French Polynesia. Its beauty seen from the air or from the sea is breathtaking and impressive. The north coast, one of the most beautiful of Polynesia, is dominated by spectacular basalt pinnacles. This is where the villages of Hatiheu, Aakapa and the bay of Anaho are found. Also must-sees are the Hakaui waterfall, situated at the end of an ancient royal valley, and the village of Taipivai, where Herman Melville resided.
 

 HIVA OA - PAUL GAUGUIN'S ISLAND

Hiva Oa is the most well-known island of the Marquesas. This majestic and historic island is known for its wild, untamed landscape; giant stone tiki; endless and unearthly vistas; and as the final resting place of poet Jacques Brel and artist Paul Gauguin.


The island has many other interests, like the archaeological sites of Puamau where one can observe the biggest tikis of French Polynesia; or the site of Taaoa, which boasts more than one thousand paepaes (platforms for dwellings). An interesting museum is found in the center of the village, which exhibits among other things, copies of Gauguin's work, and very nearby, the "House of Pleasure," where the artist lived. Air Tahiti serves the islands regularly from Papeete or Rangiroa. 




For more information or reservations for the Marquesas,
 contact
a Lighthouse Travel Certified Tahiti Specialist.

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