Hanahevane Bay

Top choice in The Marquesas

This glorious bay is caressed by jade-green waters and is studded with a broad strand of golden sand. It’s a good picnic spot (despite a number of pesky nono) and has shallow, calm waters and a few coral formations, making it suitable for snorkelling. It’s accessible by boat only.

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