Marquesas Islands

The Land of Men

The Marquesas - Fenua Enata in Marquesan, "Land of Men" - are a group of islands situ-ated more than 1,300 kilometers northeast of Tahiti. Divided into two different groups, they are one of French Polynesia’s five archipelagos.

The Northern Marquesas are clustered around the large island of Nuku Hiva, including both Ua Pou and Ua Huka, while the Southern Marquesas are distributed around the main island Hiva Oa, and include Fatuiva and Tahuata.

aeral view of the mountain of the Marquesas islands with sea
aeral view of the mountain of the Marquesas islands with sea

A well preserved archipelago

Extremely isolated and thus well preserved, the archipelago has only around ten thousand inhabitants scattered over the dozen islands and rocks, it is nonetheless known worldwide, mainly because it has been the refuge of artists such as the Belgian singer Jacques Brel and French painter Paul Gauguin, both buried on Hiva Oa.

A mystical aura

The craggy landscape, made up of vol-canic summits, sometimes reaching over 1,200 meters into the sky, with dramatically steep cliffs plunging abruptly into the ocean, emanating an aura that is often described as mystical.

Horses in a valley of the marquesas Islands

The Marquesas embody a sense of ancient tradition coupled with the natural beauty of rolling hillsides and dramatic coastlines.

whales swimming in the marquesas islands sea

An endemic fauna

Mostly clothed in humid tropical forest, rich with a fauna that is sometimes endemic, the ar-chipelago has the most savage identity of all the Polynesian island chains, strengthened by the vibrant culture and a powerful reputation for tapa, tattooing and wooden sculpture.