Top things to do

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Puamau


Iipona is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in French Polynesia. You’ll be moved by its eeriness and impressed by the five monumental tiki – it pulsates with mana.
Museum in Atuona & Around

Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin

A homage to Gauguin that traces the artist's life through locally painted reproductions of his art. The main signs are translated into English but the detailed info with tidbits about the individual works, alas, are…
in Hiva Oa

Snack Kaupe – Chez Kahu

Blink and you’ll miss this discreet venture conveniently positioned across from Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin (no sign). No culinary extravaganza here, just a few classics faultlessly prepared (grilled sirloin, grill…
International in Atuona & Around

Hotel Hanakéé Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge

Probably the number-one spot for fine dining in Hiva Oa, and certainly the most suitable place for a romantic soirée. The sweeping views from the terrace are impressive enough, but the excellent French-influenced cu…
Marquesan in Puamau

Pehekua – Chez Marie- Antoinette

Most visitors on a day trip from Atuona usually have lunch here (by reservation only). The dining room looks tired but the real hit is the tasty Marquesan food (fresh fish, goat, pork). The tohua Pehe Kua is in its …
Museum in Atuona & Around

Centre Jacques Brel

Behind the Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin you’ll find a big aircraft hangar. In the centre is Jacques Brel’s plane, Jojo; faded posters tracing the musician’s life adorn the walls and his music plays dreamily over the…
Tahitian in Atuona & Around

Relais Moehau

Headliners here include chaud froid de thon (seared tuna), grilled wahoo, and marinated raw shrimp with coconut sauce, but the pizzas (available dinner only) are very good too. The tiled terrace overlooking Atuona b…
Tahitian in Atuona & Around

Snack Make Make

Opposite the post office, this long-standing, very friendly joint serves everything from burgers and chow mein to curried goat and garlic shrimp. Smaller (read: normal-sized) portions are available of many dishes fo…
Marquesan in Atuona & Around

Temetiu Village

With panoramic views from the open-air dining room, a convivial atmosphere and delectable (and copious) Marquesan specialities, such as seafood or goat, this place is worth the short drive. Credit cards are accepted…
Crêpes in Atuona & Around

Salon de The Chez Eliane & Cyber Cafe

A cosy little lounge with wi-fi (500 CFP per hour) and a little snack bar serving crêpes (sweet and savory), burgers, coffee and ice-cold coconuts. It's right next to the Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin.