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Marquesas Landscape
Marquesas Landscape
Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Aerial View
Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Aerial View
Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Swimming Pool
Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Swimming Pool
Marquesas Landscape
Marquesas Landscape
HHiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Aerial View
HHiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Aerial View
Marquesas Landscape
Marquesas Landscape
Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Bungalow View
Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Bungalow View
Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Bungalows
Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Bungalows
HHiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Hanakee Exterior
HHiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Exterior

Walk on the Wild Side

The landscape of the Marquesas alternates between waterfalls, desert plateaus and black-sand bays. The waterfalls are so high that most of the falling water evaporates as it descends. To explore this rugged and primitive terrain is to discover a land that only small numbers of privileged people ever have the opportunity to visit. The isolation of these islands has created an immense pride among the Marquesans and a fascinating culture. Many traditional Polynesian art forms originated here. The locals have safeguarded the ancient techniques of tattoo artistry, sculpture and woodcarving. Every four years, Nuku Hiva hosts the Marquesas Arts Festival, a celebration of the renowned artistic talent and deeply rooted traditions of these proud people. The islands are also home to many archaeological sites including stone temples, large tiki statues and ancient petroglyphs.           

  • Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Swimming Pool

    Day 1 Nuku Hiva

    Depart Papeete and fly north (3 hours) to Nuku Hiva – the jewel of the Marquesas – where wild horses roam freely and the scenery is wilder than you could ever imagine! Your adventure begins with an exhilarating 90-minute 4WD journey across the island’s dramatic landscape to Keikahanui Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge on the south cost. Hugging the steep hillside rising up from Taiohae Bay with stunning panoramic views over the bay and Taiohae village, the 20-room lodge nestles in lush tropical gardens. Each bungalow features unique wood carvings from the hands of local artists. Spend the afternoon by the pool, walk along the black-sand beach or stroll around Taiohae Village. Dinner is included.

  • Day 2 Nuku Hiva

    Head to Hatiheu today, on the island’s north coast. Your 4WD journey takes you past stunning views of Taiohae Bay and through the Taipivai Valley – the largest coconut grove in Polynesia! The pretty coastal village of Hatiheu is fringed with coconut palms and adorned with tiki statues – the bay was a favourite with Robert Louis Stevenson.  For lunch, sample local delicacies at Chez Yvonne, a traditional Marquesan wooden home. Head back south via the restored archaeological site at Hikokua to gain an understanding of ancient traditions and customs of the Marquesan people.

  • Day 3 Nuku Hiva

    After breakfast, discover Nuku Hiva’s south coast by boat. Cruise to Hakatea Bay, meander through the small town of Hakaui, walk along the sandy beach and swim in the cooling sea. Take insect repellent as ‘no-nos’ (sandflies) are ever-present. Return to your hotel to relax for the afternoon.

  • Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge Aerial View

    Day 4 Nuku Hiva - Hiva Oa

    Morning at leisure before your 4WD journey to the airport. Take in the views of the valley of Tapueahu (the ‘Marquesan Grand Canyon’) and the Toovii Plateau on the way. Fly to Hiva Oa (35 minute flight) and travel 20 minutes by 4WD to Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge. Perched on a hillside facing Mount Temetiu, the 14-room lodge enjoys fabulous views of the bay below, the Bordelais Canal and the small island of Hanakee. In the afternoon, explore the island’s pretty capital, Atuona – made famous by painter Paul Gauguin and singer Jacques Brel, including a visit to the cemetery where they are buried. Drive along the coast to Upeke, a vast and fascinating archaeological site in the Taaoa Valley.

  • Day 5 Hiva Oa

    Travel by 4WD along the dramatic coastline and through lush valleys to Puamau in the east of the island, a picturesque village ringed by mountains over 700m high. Visit ‘Takai’i – the tallest stone Tiki in Polynesia – and savour home-made Marquesan dishes at Chez Marie-Antoinette for a unique lunch to remember!

  • Day 6 Hiva Oa

    Cruise across the Bordelais Canal to Tahuata Island, the smallest inhabited island in the Marquesas, where many of the men are sculptors who create works using rosewood, horse bones and even swordfish bills. Explore the island before enjoying a beach BBQ lunch. On your return, spot dolphins and rays in the water and look out for the famous Marquesan horses roaming freely.

  • Day 7 Hiva Oa

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before your 4WD journey back to the airport for your connection to Papeete. Perhaps continue to one of the Society Islands for utter beach bliss to complete your South Seas adventure in style or opt for Robinson Crusoe escapism in the idyllic low-lying Tuamotu Islands.

  • Take me there

    Price from £2,215 per person based on two sharing, including 3 Nights at Hotel Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge in Bayview Bungalow with Half Board, 3 Nights at Hotel Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge in Ocean View Bungalow with Half Board, all excursions as described, Atuona Museum & Puamau entrance fees, all transfers by 4-wheel drive and domestic flights from Papeete. International flights are additional.

Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.

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Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.