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Unprotected by barrier reefs, the Marquesas Islands are altogether different to their neighbours, with coastlines either indented with bays or ending in abrupt cliffs, swept by the surf of powerful Pacific rollers.

The interiors are intensely beautiful, with herds of goats and horses running wild — truly a different world from Tahiti, three hours away by air.

Exploring the islands

Marquesas Islands MountainsThere are distinct groups of islands. To the north is the big island, Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou with its sugarloaf mountains and Ua Huka, the island of horses.

The southern group includes Hiva Oa, the island of Tiki statues, and Tahuata and Fatu Hiva. Fiercely proud of their Marquesian culture, each island has its own particular charm and distinctive character.

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Map of Marquesas Islands

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    Accommodation choices for Marquesas Islands

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Marquesas Islands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Marquesas Islands

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Marquesas Islands, and which use the best local guides.

    • Tahuata Island Full Day Tour
      Hiva Oa

      Tahuata Island Full Day Tour

      Tahuata Island Full Day Tour

      Set sail for Tahuata, the smallest inhabited island in the Marquesas archipelago, where you will have the chance to see dolphins and rays before disembarking to take in the island's culture and art.

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