About a three hour flight from the Society Islands
and the Tuamotu Atolls, the Marquesas, or Henua Enata
meaning "Land of Men", are seemingly lost
at the end of the earth.
Even now, some of the islands are virtually untouched
since the era of European exploration. Their isolation
has created an immense pride among the people and
a fascinating culture. The language is unique to Tahiti,
as the lilting Marquesan dialect is traced directly
to the ancient Polynesian tongue of Maohi.
Natural wonders abound as 1000-foot waterfalls cascade
down sheer volcanic cliffs, and towering mountains
disappear into the clouds.
This world belongs to the past where the
spirits of the ancient Maohi still live.
The primary islands with lodging are:
Nuku Hiva - Mystic Island
The largest island in the Marquesas is known for towering
spire-like peaks; secluded, lush valleys; ancient
religious sites; fjord-like bays; and waterfalls so
high that most of the falling water evaporates as
Hiva Oa - Paul Gauguin's Island
This majestic and historic island is known for its
wild, untamed landscape, giant stone tiki, endless
and unearthly vistas, and as the final resting place
of poet Jacques Brel and artist Paul Gauguin.