The tour departs in the morning, first climbing the hill out of Taiohae affording superb panoramic views back across the bay, before dropping down into the largest coconut grove in Polynesia which fills the valley of Taipivai. The valley was made famous by the American author, Herman Melville, in his novel, 'Typee'.
After a meeting with Marquesian craftsmen in the village of Taipivai and a guided tour of the Paeke and Kamuihei archaeological sites you arrive in the famed valley of Hatiheu for lunch which is served, every day apart from Sunday, at the local restaurant, 'Chez Yvonne'.
The highlight of the afternoon is a guided tour of the partially restored ancient ceremonial site at Hikokua with its amazing spectator platforms and modern and ancient tiki statues.
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