Cruises from Hiva Oa
Hiva Oa is the largest island of the southern Marquesas group, 1400 km NE of Tahiti. Its population is around 2200. Hiva Oa means “long ridgepole,” likely so named because of its long central ridge. The island features deep valleys and lush plateaus covered in dense forest, and is particularly popular with people who sail yachts.
No fringing coral reefs protect Hiva Oa from the pounding of the ocean, and only a few sheltered anchorages and sandy beaches are scattered around the coast. The volcanic island's mountainous slopes rise abruptly from the sea, reaching a dominant 1,240m at Mount Temetiu, which overlooks the village Atuona to the east.