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.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Nuka Hiva's spectacular beauty and photo opportunities are yours to discover during this adventure in the Taipivai Valley. Your tour is conducted caravan style in groups of approximately 15 4WD vehicles with only one tour guide per group.
Drive to the Taipivai Valley, one of the richest archeological sites in the Marquesas Islands. The Taipivai Valley was 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.
Your drive leads you through valleys among lush vegetation and great view points. Along the way, you will pass small villages, churches and sacred temples, stopping to take in spectacular views and memorable photos of the coastline, bays and valleys. Itinerary and stops vary, depending on local conditions. You will also stop at the site of Te A’Aitua to enjoy a light refreshment and perhaps purchase a souvenir of your trip. Handicraft items are usually available at the site; however, please make sure to have small denominations of cash. Credit cards not accepted.
More spectacular views unfold on the return drive.
Please note: This tour is mainly panoramic with limited narration during photo stops only. Vehicles travel caravan stile in groups of approximately 15, with only one tour guide for the entire group. While this tour includes limited walking, it does involve travel over paved roads and some uneven terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and is not recommended for those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back and/or neck problems. It is further recommended that families and friends wishing to ride together contact the Shore Excursions Desk in order to be assigned the same vehicle, which holds a maximum of 4 passengers. The drivers are not guides, and their command of the English language is very limited or none. Not all vehicles used are 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.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.