50 square km – Population: 637
Also called “The island of Birds”
The ditch around the “Great House” created at the dawn of time is south of Hiva Oa, one hour by boat.
This small island has some very rough country,which makes land communication between the four valleys quite difficult.
The main village of Vaitahu has three memorials commemorating the arrival of the Spanish in 1595, the memory of the victims of the clashes between Marquesans and French military in 1838 and the taking of possession of the group by Admiral Dupetit-Thouars in 1842.
There is also a beautiful Catholic Church with stone walls illuminated by magnificent stained glass in the choir. In another valley, the village of Hapatoni is famous for its paved royal walkway and its enchanting setting.
The other bays and valleys have preserved their natural character and the peace and tranquility of traditional rhythms of life.