Wild, mysterious, luxuriant, secret… Many adjectives that describe Nuku Hiva. Capital of the Marquesas Islands, it is blessed with many riches and an exceptional environment. The harmony and relaxed pace of life put a spell on the visitors who venture this far. Explore Nuku Hiva on extraordinary excursions, giving you a glimpse into Marquesan culture and a chance to discover breathtaking sites and vistas. These unforgettable experiences forge the identity of the island, beautiful and imposing, and make this archipelago the ultimate green tourism destination.
Half-day excursions : morning or afternoon
Taiohae and Koueva
Visit of the villages in 4x4 vehicle, archeological sites, Artisans' Fare (the market where the island's crafts people sell their production).
A boat excursion to discover Hakatea's pretty bay. Hike around the very colorful village of Hakaui. Swimming possible.
A 4x4 excursion, retracing the steps of Herman Melville : remarkable vistas, hike to an archeological site of ancient tikis, discovering the small village of Hooumi.
Hiking in Tehaatiki
This 3,4-mile trek on the island's ridges offers unbelievable views over Taiohae Bay and the entire South coast of Nuku Hiva. Observe marine and terrestrial birds, and wild goats too ! And, with a little luck, you'll get a glimpse of the majestic manta rays.
A cultural excursion, in a 4x4 vehicle. On the island's North shore, discover many beautiful views, archeological treasures and lush nature. Marquesan lunch included.
The Hakaui Waterfall
Boat excursion and hike (2 ½ hours one way) on the island's South side. Discover the basaltic cliffs, the Hakaui waterfall – one of the highest in Polynesia – and the intriguing landscapes of the bay. Picnic lunch included.
On the North shore, ride to Hatiheu in a 4x4 vehicle, then hike to Anaho (one hour each way) in picture-perfect nature. Once in Anaho, it's white sand and farniente, picnic lunch included.
The "Peaks and Cliffs" Hike
This 7,5-mile hike on the heights of Aakapa Valley and Hatiheu takes you to the heart of the indigenous forest. Through hillsides and lush valleys, this excursion is a must for nature lovers. Picnic included.
Good to know
- Excursions require at least 2 persons
- All excursions are led by a guide
- Bookings must be made by 6pm the previous day
- Guests cancelling a booking on the day of the excursion (except for weather conditions) will be charged
- This list of excursions is not exhaustive and may vary without notice
Marquesans are known as the best sculptors in French Polynesia. Learn that world-famous know-how from the artists themselves. In his workshop, a master sculptor will initiate you into his ancestral art. This unique experience will let you see the traditional lifestyle and the legends of the islands, and unleash your artistic talent on a piece of exotic wood.
- 7 500 XPF / person
- 2 hours – morning or afternoon
- Available only in French and Marquesan
- Minimum 2 persons