Tahuata, French Polynesia

Tahuata is the smallest of the inhabited Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is located 4 km to the south of the western end of Hiva Oa, across the Canal du Bordelais, called Ha‘ava in Marquesan. The administrative centre of the commune is the settlement of Vaitahu, on the western side of the island.

Tahuata doesn’t receive many visitors, however there are a number of attractions on the island. These include the villages of Hapatoni and Vaitahu, the Valley of Hanateio where there are many well preserved petroglyphs. The Vaitahu town hall and the arts centre at Hapatoni are also worth a visit.

Things to See and Do

* Villages of Hapatoni and Vaitahu
* Vaitahu town hall
* Hapatoni arts centre
* Archeological sites at Valley of Hanateio

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 69 km²
Population – 675 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 Vaitahu.

Transport Links – Tahuata is served by an airport on Hiva Oa.

The island is accessible by boat from 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.

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