Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands
Shaped like a seahorse, Hiva Oa is the largest of the southern Marquesas Islands. Its beaches are postcard perfect, with spectacular mountain peak views and sparkling waters. You can ride horses, hike to archeological sites, snorkel or dive in the myriad of underwater caves, or just relax in this remote and unspoiled Polynesian paradise.
Gauguin and Brel
Hiva Oa is the final resting place of painter Paul Gauguin and singer Jacques Brel. They are both buried in the cemetery that overlooks the town of Atuona.
These 7-foot-high carved-stone tiki sculptures have been around since the 1700s and are the largest in Polynesia.
The ancient practice of tattooing was lost with the arrival of the missionaries, but has since made a comeback. See unique skin art and the traditional application using a bone chisel.