The Other Islands

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  • 1. Anaho Bay

    Beach

    The village of Anaho, with it's small thatched-roofed Catholic church, is located at the head of the bay. It's backed by jagged green mountains...Read More

  • 2. Aranui 3

    Pape'ete

    If you'd like to see a number of the Marquesas islands, jump aboard the Aranui 3 , a cargo boat that leaves Pape'ete for the outlying islands...Read More

  • 3. Atuona

    Town/Village

    Hiva Oa's main settlement is Atuona, which lies at the head of the Bay of Traitors. The main attractions are those associated with artist Paul...Read More

  • 4. Calvaire Cemetery

    Cemetery

    If you'd like to see Gauguin's final resting place, pay a visit to the Calvaire Cemetery, which is behind Atuona's gendarmerie (police station...Read More

  • 5. Geology and Petroglyphe Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the tiny village of Hokatu about 2 mi east of Hane look for the Geology and Petroglyphe Museum, which is tiny but interesting. ...Read More

  • 6. Hane

    Town/Village

    The village of Hane, protected on the east by Motu Hane, also has a little museum dedicated to the sea, with a display of canoes through the...Read More

  • 7. Hatiheu Bay

    Ruins

    Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson favored Hatiheu Bay, which is on the northern coast. Nearly a thousand feet above the bay, a statue of...Read More

  • 8. Hibiscus Foundation for Protected Turtle Species

    Haamene | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Based at the Hibiscus Hotel, this sanctuary rescues sea turtles that have been caught in commercial fishnets—most get sold on the lucrative...Read More

  • 9. Jacques Brel Cultural Centre

    Atuona | Museum/Gallery

    The Jacques Brel Cultural Centre is adjacent to the Paul Gauguin Centre and they share a ticket office. The center honors the life of Brel ...Read More

  • 10. Mahu

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Near Mahu on the south coast is the home and grave of parliamentary speaker Noel Ilari, who was jailed by the French government in the 1950s...Read More

  • 11. marae

    Ruins

    Tubuai has a number of marae —Polynesian meeting grounds or temples—along with ahu (platforms for the dead). They are generally poorly maintained...Read More

  • 12. Mataura

    Town/Village

    More than half the people live in the town of Mataura on the northern coast, about 1.5 km (1 mi) east of the wharf. You'll find the town hall...Read More

  • 13. Meiaute

    Ruins

    At the foot of Mount Hitikau, you can see a great series of monumental tiki carved from red rock. Many organized tours call here. ...Read More

  • 14. Musée Communal

    Museum/Gallery

    The village's main attraction is the Musée Communal, the oldest museum in the Marquesas. Its collections include mortuary canoes and various...Read More

  • 15. Omoa

    Town/Village

    About 500 people live on the island in two villages: Omoa, which has a simple but beautiful Catholic church, and the even smaller Hanavave...Read More

  • 16. Papuakeikaha Arboretum

    Vaipaee | Garden

    East of Vaipae'e, on the road to the airport, is this remarkable botanical garden spread out over 42 acres. It showcases more than 300 plant...Read More

  • 17. Puamau

    Town/Village

    The village of Puamau is east of Atuona; the journey takes 2½ hours by 4WD over a mountain trail that crosses the island, passing through the...Read More

  • 18. Sea Museum of Hane

    Museum/Gallery

    Sea Museum of Hane displays pirogues (outrigger canoes) and various fishing equipment and hooks. ...Read More

  • 19. Taahueia

    Military Sight

    Tubuai had a role in the best-known naval mutiny, that aboard HMS Bounty in 1789. After master's mate Fletcher Christian seized the ship,...Read More

  • 20. Taaoa

    Ruins

    The island has some of the most interesting archaeological sites in French Polynesia and these can all be seen on a 4WD excursion. The village...Read More

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