Serving Nuku Hiva within the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia is Nuku Hiva Airport. The airport can be found located at 19 kilometres northwest of the main village of Taiohae and operates flights to four domestic destinations via Air Tahiti.
What to see & do
Nuku Hiva, or Mystic Island, within Northern Marquesas is the largest island in the Marquesas Islands. It is well-known due to its spire-like peaks, valleys, ancient religious sites, among others. Nuku Hiva also has waterfalls that are so high the water that falls continuously evaporates as it descends. Within Nuku Hiva, a spot to visit is Taetae Tupuna Enana, a small museum that focuses on documents and artefacts that highlight the traditional Marquesan culture. Located at the Hee Tai Inn, the museum is open from Mondays to Fridays, at 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., then 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturdays.
Additionally, the entirety of Marquesas offers spots such as Kamuihei, Tahakia, and Teiipoka; Tohua Koueva; Hikokua; Pae Pae Piki Vehine; Musée Enana; Notre-Dame Cathedral of the Marquesas Islands; Monument to the Dead; among others. Kamuihei, Tahakia, and Teiipoka, refer to three connecting sites that make up the largest of all the excavated archaeological areas within Nuku Hiva. The site features structures that show the density of the population that the valley once provided shelter for. When within the area, some of the noticeable points include Kamuihei’s large moss-covered basalt rocks, sizable banyans (the largest of which has been estimated to be at more than 600 years old). The largest banyan also features a deep pit, which is presumed to have been dug for the remains of sacrifices or for taboo objects. Along with the deep pit, other pits can also be found scattered all through the site. Also, with Teiipoka, there are two large rocks that measure an estimated 2.5 metres in height and three metres in width, adorned with petroglyphs representing turtles, fish, eyes of a tiki, and human figures. Approximately, there are about 500 other petroglyphs within the valley.
How to get around within Nuku Hiva
With no information on the transportation within Nuku Hiva, when within the Marquesas Islands, getting from island to island can be done with continuous flights that connect Nuku Hiva to Hiva Oa, via 35-minute flights. Numerous Interisland vessels are also available, although not always used by visitors. Aranui 3, along with other interisland vessels, operates to and from the main or primary islands of the Marquesas Islands. When within the islands, it is best to get your trip planned or schedule accordingly by professionals. Getting around within the islands can be done with 4x4 rental vehicles that can be hired along with a guide to assist with the steep, rugged, and unfamiliar roads within the area. With the rental vehicles, it is also possible to rent motorboats to explore the many bays and shorelines within the surrounding areas.
How to get there
Nuku Hiva Airport has flights throughout the French Polynesia namely to Atuona via Atuona Airport or hiva Oa Airport; Tahiti via Fa'a'ā International Airport; Ua Huka via Ua Huka Airport; and Ua Pou via Ua Pou Airport. Getting in internationally, Fa'a'ā International Airport has flights to and from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland, Tokyo, Nouméa, Santiago de Chile, in addition to few. These destinations are served by airlines such as Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Aircalin, Hawaiian Airlines, and LAN Airlines.
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