Nuku Hiva, the mysterious island of the Marquesan archipelago

Nuku Hiva is the largest island of the Marquesas. Her magnificent cliffs overlook the ocean making her one of the most striking islands of the Marquesas. Nuku Hiva hosts many mysterious ruins and legendary historic sites which are places one must visit during your stay here.

  • Located 1,500km / 933 miles north-east of Tahiti (flight time: 3 hours 30 minutes)
  • Population: 2,700
  • Area: 330 km2 / 205 sq miles
  • Highest peak: Mount Tekao (1,224m / 4,015 ft)
  • Airport: Nuku Ataha
  • Administrative and economic center (hub) of the Marquesas
  • Stop during a cruise on the Aranui
Hatiheu Bay, a black sand beach in the Marquesas
Hatiheu Bay, a black sand beach in the Marquesas
Must see
  • Marae and Tiki
  • Hatiheu and Anahau bays
  • Taipivai valley: Hakaui waterfall (the 3rd highest in the world) and archeological sites
  • Scuba diving: caves and walls
Nuku Hiva and the Bay of Virgins
Nuku Hiva and the Bay of Virgins
Hand made Tapa with marquesan patterns
Hand made Tapa with marquesan patterns
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During your vacation
  • A catamaran cruise
  • Jocelyne’s Excursions
  • Fly over the Marquesas
  • Discover Marquesan art
Nuku Hiva and its majestic mountains
Nuku Hiva and its majestic mountains

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24/01/2018 - Paolo, Italy

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