Cruises from Tahuata
Tahuata is the smallest of the inhabited Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. Situated 1400 km to the NE of Tahiti, the jagged island rises to a height of 1050 m. Isolated without an airfield, the 700 or so inhabitants are reached by boat from nearby Hiva Oa. The largest of its four small villages is Vaitahu on the western side.
Venturing inland along tracks is arduous on the steep terrain. Historically, the first (Spanish) Europeans arrived in 1595, Captain Cook landed in 1774, Christian missionaries in 1797, and the Marquesas Islands were annexed by France in 1842.