FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
The southernmost island in the Marquesas archipelago, Fatu Hiva is also the most isolated. The island has high sheer cliffs, craggy slopes, and a mass of untamed vegetation. The lush jungles are divided by narrow ravines and marvelous valleys, much of the island's allure lies in its wild beauty, including the Bay of Virgins (known locally as Hana Vave or, in French, Baie des Vierges). Many
people believe that the bay is the loveliest in all of Polynesia.
Activities include deep-sea fishing, sailing, and horseback riding. Trekking is also popular though it can be tough-going in the heat and unruly vegetation. Though there are no great beaches, swimming is possible, but you'll need to watch out for sharks.
Isolated and wildly beautiful, Hiva Oa—known as the garden of the Marquesas—was the wild paradise that French artist Paul Gauguin escaped to...
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