Nuku Hiva, the Mystical Island
Nuku Hiva is the largest island in the Marquesas archipelago127 sq. miles of surface area. The view of the imposing cliffs of Nuku Hiva as you look upon the jagged walls that plunge abruptly into the immense ocean below, is grandiose and striking. The mysterious secrets of this island seem impenetrable. Hakaui, the third biggest waterfall in the world, Anaho bay, one of the Marquesas’ most beautiful, or Mount Muake, where the scenery of basaltic peaks and deep canyons will take your breath away.
Its beauty from the sea or in the air high above the island is truly breathtaking. The 2,100 inhabitants live in Taiohae, Taipivai, Hatiheu, Aakapa, Pua, Haumi, Anaho and Hakaui, where they work for the government, the community, the Catholic church or school system or for themselves chopping copra high in the mountains, fishing, raising cattle and other livestock or sculpting bowls, platters, Marquesan ceremonial clubs, "tikis" and ukuleles.
Taiohae is a pleasant village bordering the sea. It is the administrative, economic, educational and health center of the Marquesas Islands. The French and territorial administrators, the government buildings, police, post office, hospital, town hall, Air Tahiti office, banks, schools, stores and shops are located in Taiohae.
Sundays and holidays are just as busy as any work day, when the villagers drive back and forth along the seafront road, calling out to their friends, and stopping to join the on going game of petanque or French bowls, played under a flowering flamboyant tree in front of the town hall. Nearby the women sit under a shelter and win money by playing bingo.
Interesting sights include MUAKE HILL, 2,834 ft. high, offering an amazing view of the whole bay of Taiohae. HAKAUI Valley on the southern coast. Hike inland to bathe in the refreshing pool of the 1,148 ft. high AHUII waterfall, one of the world's highest cascades.
TAIPIVAI, made famous in Herman Melville's book "Typee" reached by boat or over the high plateau of TOOVII. The Taipivai Valley is one of the largest and most fertile valleys in Nuku Hiva, and has numerous waterfalls, a long river, and one of the best preserved archaeological sites, in the Marquesas, including several tiki.
HATIHEU Bay on the northern coast was a favorite of the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson. In the valley is the Naniuhi tohua a meeting place for the pre- Christian Marquesans, including a dance platform, ceremonial stones and petroglyphs carved in boulders.
ANAHO Bay is one of the loveliest spots in the Marquesas Islands, with only half a dozen families living in the valley.
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