‘Ua Pou’s geology is fascinating. A collection of 12 pointy pinnacles seem to soar like missiles from the basaltic shield. Almost constantly shrouded in swirling mist and flecked by bright sunlight, they form one of the Marquesas’ most photographed scenes. Completing this natural tableau of otherworldly proportions are a few oasislike valleys bursting with tropical plants, as well as a handful of tempting beaches.

‘Ua Pou’s jewel-like natural setting will frame everything you do here, from hiking and horse riding across the island to visiting secluded hamlets. For culture buffs, the island musters up a handful of powerful archaeological sites.