105 square km – Population: 2,013.
This island represents the main posts of the “Great House” and the first part to be established by the Gods during the creation of the Land of Men.
Ua Pou is proud of its wonderful setting consisting of a central range of basalt peaks in the shape of sugarloafs overlooking the sheltered bay where Hakahau its main village is to be found.
An island with deeply rooted traditions, it maintains a number of archaeological sites and is well-known for the inherent artistic qualities of its wood carvings,tattoos, its musicians and dance artists. From this cultural dynamism was born the Marquesas festival, Matava’a, a bi-annual event amongst Marquesans and a real meeting ground for artistic talent.