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Puamau and Tiki Makaii, Marquesas

Puamau 4WD Tour

Enjoy a breathtaking guided drive along the southern coast of Hiva Oa over high headlands with panoramic views and through rich forested valleys until you reach the white sandy beach at Puamau.

There are many archaeological sites in the valley but that at Iipona has become very famous for the size and complexity of its tiki statues and strange ceremonial carvings. The largest statue, 'Takai', stands at over 2.4 m and is the largest tiki in Polynesia.

You will also be introduced to the unique horizontal statue, 'Makaii Taua Pepe' which has puzzled experts from all over the world. The adjoining restaurant is a perfect place to relax and reflect on all you have learned this morning over wholesome Marquesian cooking.

You can relax on the beach in the afternoon before the journey home to Atuona for dinner.

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