Top Choice Archaeological Site in Taiohae

Tohua Koueva

It’s believed that this extensive communal site, with its paved esplanade, belonged to the war chief Pakoko, who was killed by the French in 1845. Today it is a peaceful spot full of massive banyan trees and flowers…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Hatiheu

Kamuihei, Tahakia & Teiipoka

About 300m towards Taipivai from the Hikokua site, these three connecting sites make up the largest excavated archaeological area of Nuku Hiva. A team led by the archaeologist Pierre Ottino began restoration in 1998…
in Nuku Hiva

Taetae Tupuna Enana

This little museum has a few documents and artefacts focusing on traditional Marquesan culture. It’s at the Hee Tai Inn.
Museum in Taiohae

Musée Enana

This little museum has a few documents and some beautiful ancient Marquesan artefacts. It also doubles as a small craft shop. Entry was free at the time of writing, but the owner may ask for a small fee in the futur…
Museum in Hatiheu

Archaeological Museum

This modest yet well-organised archaeological museum does a good job of explaining the archipelago’s history and culture. It features artefacts, exhibits and replica. The detailed signs in English are very informati…
Church in Taiohae

Notre-Dame Cathedral of the Marquesas Islands

This striking building is built from wood and stones on a former sacred site venerated by the ancient Marquesans. The stones come from the archipelago’s six inhabited islands. Pop in to see Marquesan carved religiou…
Archaeological Site in Taiohae

Pae Pae Piki Vehine

Rebuilt for the 1989 Marquesas Festival, this pae pae (traditional meeting platform) contains modern sculptures and a dozen magnificent tiki made by the island’s sculptors and artisans from Easter Island. Its centra…
Monument in Taiohae

Monument to the Dead

On the seafront, opposite the Kamake shop, you can’t miss this obelisk fronted by a cannon constructed in honour of Étienne Marchand.
Archaeological Site in Hatiheu


One of the most powerful archaeological sites in the Marquesas, Hikokua was discovered by the archaeologist Robert Suggs in 1957 and has been restored and maintained by Hatiheu locals since 1987. It dates from aroun…
Beach in Taiohae


Taiohae's lovely black sand beach.