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Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia-port

While Nuku Hiva has been inhabited by Polynesian explorers since 150 BC, western visitors who have been enthralled by this gem of French Polynesia include Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville and Paul Gauguin. The largest of the Marquesas Islands, Nuku Hiva is a beautiful volcanic island with mountains topping 3,700 feet high, with jagged walls that suddenly plunge into the immense ocean below. Melville called it “a country that no description could fit the beauty”. Discover waterfalls and rivers and stone “tiki” statues hidden in the forest. In Hakaui, view the third biggest waterfall in the world. A delicious local specialty is roast pork, cooked on hot rocks buried in the sand. Please be advised that due to the under-developed nature of this destination, organized tours are not available.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Visit to Taipivai Valley
    Light Activity /Walking

Visit to Taipivai Valley

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: NHV-001

Nuka Hiva's spectacular beauty and photo opportunities are yours to discover during this off-road adventure in the Taipivai Valley.

Depart the pier for the drive to the Taipivai Valley, one of the richest archeological sites in the Marquesas Islands. The Taipivai Valley is a location made famous by the American writer and former sailor, Herman Melville (1819-1891), who deserted his ship and hid in this valley. Captured by the indigenous natives, he lived in the Taipivai Valley for three weeks, a period during which he observed their way of life. This experience was the inspiration for his novel, Typee. This landmark was most recently made famous by being the base camp for the Survivor TV show filmed here in 2001.

En route to the Taipivai Valley, you will drive on a steep trail lined with lush flora and vegetation through the island's interior, then traverse the exquisite mountain terrain. Along the way, several stops will be made to take in spectacular vistas and photo opportunities of the coastline, bays and valleys. At one particular stop, you will see your ship anchored in the Bay of Taihoae. Next, you will drive through Taipivai's small agricultural villages, then proceed to a long stretch of beach at the end of the village. Upon arrival, a stop will be made to take in splendid vistas of the valley and surrounding mountains. Handicraft items are usually available at the beach; however, please make sure to have small denominations of cash. Credit cards not accepted.

Following your visit, you will re-board your 4WD vehicle for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: While this tour includes limited walking, it does involve travel over rough, uneven terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back and/or neck problems. Light weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It is further recommended that families and friends wishing to ride together contact the Destination Services Desk in order to be assigned the same vehicle. The drivers are not guides, and their command of the English language is very limited. The vehicles used are not air-conditioned. Travelling to the Marquesas is discovering secluded islands, with limited facilities. Excursions are operated with local resident's personal vehicles - SUV double-cabin style, seating 4 pax ( 1 in front and 3 in the back) and are subject to availability. This tour is mainly a panoramic sightseing tour.