Fatu Hiva is supposedly the smallest of the Marquesas, but it certainly has some of the prettiest scenery. Lionel Cantois of Pension Chez Lionel is one of the only real guides on the island as well as being the head of the tourism committee and with his own B & B and we were lucky to have reserved him as part of our Paul Gauguin cruise stop at the island. The small village of Omoa is interesting especially with its tapa bark paintings center which comes alive when a ship is in port, but the challenging trip is from Omoa to Hanavave across the island (approx. 10.5 miles). To say that it is a 4 x 4 trip is an understatement. Beautiful panoramas along the way, but not much else (except for the waterfalls almost to Hanavave which you can visit). Lionel speaks a little English, but the views speak for themselves, especially the Bay of Virgins at the end of the trip. You will also see it from your cruise ship, but it is nice to see it also from the landward side. We were able to then take a small boat back to Omoa which was arranged by Lionel and which gave us a different perspective from up close to the shore and cliffs with small caves. All in all, a great day.
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