Fatu Hiva, Marquesa Islands, France



Fatu Hiva is the southernmost of the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. With Motu Nao as its closest neighbor, it is also the most isolated of the inhabited islands. The island's inhabitants live in the villages of Omoa and Hanavave, which are separated by 5 kilometres of sea.

Fatu Hiva is a spectacularly beautiful island with green jungle, soaring volcanic spires, narrow ravines and deep gorges. The village of Hanavave is located on the Bay of Virgins, claimed as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Other attractions include the narrow path which winds over the mountains between the Omoa and Hanavave, offering a challenging hike and panoramic views. The Catholic church in Omoa is a picturesque scene.

Things to See and Do

* Bay of Virgins
* Deep sea fishing
* Bird watching
* Scuba diving
* Hiking

Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - CFP franc (XPF)
Language - French, Tahitian
Land Area - 85 km²
Population - 590 approx
Electricity - 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time - GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 689

Port Location - The port is located at Hanavave.

Transport Links - There are four airports in the Marquesas, one each on the islands of Nuku Hiva, Ua Pu, Ua Huka, and Hiva Oa.
Two cruise ships/luxury liners currently ply the islands: the Paul Gauguin, which does a regular 7-day trip around the Societies, with occasional trips out to the Tuamotus, Marquesas and Cook Islands; and the Tahitian Princess which does similar itineraries.