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Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

This island was made famous by Herman Melville, who deserted his ship and hid in one of the its valleys. Nuku Hiva is the largest island in the Marquesas archipelago, known for its breathtaking beauty. The town of Taiohae serves as the administrative and economic center.

Nuka Hiva can thank its volcanic origin for its dramatic scenery and its vast natural harbor that was formed upon the partial collapse of a volcano caldera.

Note: Nuku Hiva is a tender port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.

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  • Archeological Sites Archeological Sites

    Historical sites featuring the ruins of "tohua" - ancient Marquesian site of song, dance & feasting; the foundations of ancient dwellings called "Paepae hiamoe," places of worship known as "meae," and majestic stone sculpted "tiki" can be found throughout the island.

  • Taipivai Valley Taipivai Valley

    Large, fertile valley made famous by American writer Herman Melville who lived here for three weeks in 1842 and which inspired his first book, "Typee: A Peep at Polynesian life."

  • Notre Dame Cathedral Notre Dame Cathedral

    Built with stones from throughout the Marquesian Islands, the church contains magnificent wood sculptures made by local artisans.

  • Patrimonial Hall Patrimonial Hall

    Nuku Hiva's foremost cultural center displays prehistoric and historical objects such as ancient drawings, ceremonial objects, and a variety of tools, fishing gear and everyday utensils.

  • Hakaui Falls Hakaui Falls

    An impressive site, this waterfall is surrounded by tall cliffs and plunges 350 meters from the mountainside to a rocky pool deep in the Hakaui Valley.

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