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Introducing Tahuata

Just as lush but not as steep, Tahuata is Hiva Oa’s shy little sister. Separated from Hiva Oa by the 4km-wide Bordelais Channel, it is the smallest inhabited island in the archipelago.

Most travellers visit Tahuata on a day tour from Hiva Oa, which is a shame as it deserves a couple of days to do it justice. So stretch that schedule and meet the bone carvers and tattoo artists at work, splash about on a deserted beach and explore the archaeological sites.