Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge, Tahiti
The largest of the southern Marquesan group, Hiva Oa is a fertile island with deep valleys, lush plateaus and thickly wooded forests. This fascinating island emerged from obscurity when the French artist Paul Gauguin and Belgian singer Jacques Brel both chose Hiva Oa’s capital, the small town of Atuona, as their final resting place. They captured on canvas and in song the smiling faces of the local children, the remarkable landscapes and hordes of wild horses for which the Marquesas are now famous. Perched on a hillside facing Mount Temetui, Hanakee Pearl Lodge enjoys fabulous views of the bay below, the Bordelais Canal and the small island of Hanakee. Hiva Oa is a 3 hour flight from Tahiti (Papeete) and the lodge is 20 minutes from the airport by 4WD.
Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge
The 14 bungalows take advantage of the sweeping views of Traitors Bay, the Bordelais canal and the small island of Hanakee. Designed by local artisans, in a similar rustic style to that of its counterpart in Nuku Hiva, the lodge offers a choice of 8 bungalows with ocean views and 6 mountainside bungalows.
The restaurant and bar overlook the remarkable Marquesan scenery and offer local and international delights. Watch the waves below as you savour freshly-caught Mahi Mahi under the starlit sky, or try the octopus in coconut sauce with breadfruit chips and plantain banana. Marquesan cuisine focuses on food gathered from the environment, so dishes often consist of fish and meat of different kinds... goat cooked in curry and coconut milk sauce is delicious!
The stunning valleys can be explored on a jeep safari or the more adventurous can try one of the great hiking or mountain bike trails. Hiva Oa ‘must-sees’ include Takaii (the largest tiki statue in French Polynesia) and the fascinating archaeological site of Puamau. A complimentary shuttle service to the village of Atuona is available for guests.
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