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Taiohae Nuku Hiva French Polynesia Cruise Port Guide


The bay in which you will be anchored is a perfect little horseshoe, only requiring a 5-10 minute tender ride into the dockin Taihoae, the capital of Nuka Hiva in French Polynesia.

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Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands. The main village, Taiohae, is a quiet port set in the curve of a great bay protected by two rocky promontories. It is the administrative and economic capital of the archipelago. The airport is on the north-west of the island, the opposite coast to Taiohae. The trip, made by car is about 1h30 hour. During this ride, the scenery of basaltic peaks and deep canyons will send visitors dreaming. The secrets of this island seem impenetrable, hidden by lush vegetation covering this "land of men", mysterious, indescribable, yet so real. Nuku Hiva has remained an unspoiled island with spell-binding archaeological sites and natural landscapes to offer. Located in the center of a crater, half sunk in the ocean, the main village is close to the deserted black sand beaches. A diving center is located near the ancient dock. Tattoo, sculpture and handicrafts, symbols of the genuine revival of Marquesan culture, are developing and safeguarding of ancient patterns and techniques.

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Roads are rough here, either rent a 4by4 or make an excursion with it.

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Among Tahiti's most popular products are black pearls, tiare and coconut soaps, monoi oil, vanilla beans, shell leis, wood carvings, woven hats and baskets, and the colorful hand dyed pareu fabric worn by the island natives. The public market is a favorite with visitors. Shops usually open about 7:30am and close at 5:30pm (Noon on Saturdays) but there is always a long lunch hour. Except in hotels, all shops are usually closed on Sundays.

Bargaining and haggling over prices in markets and stores is not customary.


1000 CFP francs = 8.38 euros.

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Official languages: French, Tahitian

Opening Hours and Holidays:

New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Ascension Day
Assumption Day
Missionary Day (March 5)
Labor Day (May 1)
Bastille Day (July 14)
Internal Autonomy Day (September 8)
All Saints Day (November 1)
Armistice Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)

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