Spiritual and enchanted islands
Sought after by artistic spirits and adventurers, the Marquesas embody a sense of ancient tradition coupled with the natural beauty of rolling hillsides and dramatic coastlines.
Where to stay
Most accommodations in the Marquesas are on the islands of Nuka Hiva and Hiva Oa and offer lush green scenery.
Take to the high mountains for hiking and visit the archeological sites of stone tiki, petroglyphs and ancient dwellings. The history in the Marquesas is spiritual, enchanted and fascinating.
On Hiva Oa, you'll find a restored ceremonial complex complete with Marquesan heritage and an abundance of stone statues referred to as tikis. If that's not enough, get out on the 4X4 safaris and journey through panoramic valleys and visit ancient sacred sites.
The Marquesas embody a sense of ancient tradition coupled with the natural beauty of rolling hillsides and dramatic coastlines.
To do in the Marquesas
If you have the time, hop onboard the Aranui -- a working cargo ship -- for a guided excursion to the outlying Marquesas Islands. Here you'll observe the trade of dried coconut, copra, fruit and more. Naturally, diving in the Marquesas remains a favorite activity with spectacular sights of whales, hammerheads and manta rays.