Tahuata

Discovered in 1595 by Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendana de Neira, Tahuata (“sunrise” in Marqusan) is the smallest island of the archipelago.

Accessible only from Hiva Oa, this volcanic structure with sheer cliffs is dominated by Tumu Meae Ufa (3181 feet) which separates the five wild valleys of the island.

The monoi islands is the only one to be edged by coral formations that gave her wonderful, desertic, white sand beaches bathed in clear waters such as Hana Moenoa.

Build on the edge of a large bay an ancient paved road, one finds the village “Hapatoni”.
Its crafts center reminds us that most men in Tahuata are sculptors, carving rosewood, horse bones and even swordfish rostrums, reinventing the meaning of the Marquesan traditional patterns.

Highlights

  • The small historic harbor of Vaitahu
  • The valley
  • The archeological sites
  • The main village : Hapatoni
  • White sand beaches (Hana Moena)
  • The twin bays of Ivaiva Nui and Ivaiva Iti
  • Craft centers

Activities and Sightseeing

  • Vaitahu : its valley and archelogical sites
  • Hapatoni : its “royal road” (paved road of the 19th century)
  • Hana Moena white sand beaches
  • Circle island tour
  • Craft centers
  •  The twin bays of Ivaiva Nui and

Archipelago  : MARQUESAS ISLANDS

Surface  : 24 sq. mi.

Location : 932 miles from Tahiti

Population  : + 720

Highest peak :
Mount Tumu-mea-ufa (3,445 feet)

Capital city : Vaitahu

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