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“Smallest but Close to the Bestest”

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Owner description: This is a group of pinnacle rocks or "curtains" enclosing Hanavava Bay.
Reviewed 6 February 2014

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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Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

The Bay of Virgins is beautiful esp if viewed from the sea & the light is right. But the whole Island of Fatu Hiva is wonderful & is my favourite Marquesan Island. It took about 3hrs on a hired boat to get there, there is only one guest house - Chez Lionel and it's lovely, Lionel is an excellent host and travel organiser/advisor and Bernadette the best cook on the Marquesas (well she cooked the best food I ate) & I had a very happy time with them. I saw the Bay of Virgins twice, first time when I walked there; there is a dirt road between the two villages on the Island, the views along the way are spectacular; we then left through the Bay by little boat & I secondly saw it when I took a boat trip around the island of Fatu Hiva. The light was not brilliant both times but it was still lovely, but the rest of Fatu Hiva is not that far behind. If you can stomach the boat trip to the Island you will find it is a gem.

4  Thank IHall1
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

This most Eastern part of French Polynesia is rarely visited. We sailed in from the Galapagos on our private sail boat. The two best islands are Nuka Hiva and Fatu Hiva. The lushness, beauty, and friendliness is unparalleled. Not many visit as there really are very few beaches as this is volcanic but the beauty is beyond description

8  Thank john m m
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Stopped in Fatu Hiva on our 2 week cruise through Marquesa Islands, on Aranui 3. Bay of Virgins our second stop on this Island. Quiet place, fantastic scenery. Delioghtful local people.

4  Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

Fatu Hiva is a beautiful island, lots of vegetation, flowers, plants, trees. There's a local market with crafts and Tahitian pearls for sale, as well as tiki carvings. A large center features a show including music, crafts, and dancing performances. We were greeted with fresh flower leis. It's a short walk to the small community.

5  Thank Goonybird5
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