Jocelyne Henua Enana Tours

marquisierThe Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia are one of the remotest island groups of the South Pacific. The easiest and least expensive way to go is on the passenger-carrying freighter Aranui which leaves Tahiti 15 times a year on 15-day cruises. Everything from an air-conditioned dormitory to comfortable cabins is available aboard ship. You get to visit all six inhabited islands with many shore excursions and meals included in the price. It’s a great trip I thoroughly enjoyed.

Air Tahiti flies to the Marquesas from Papeete daily. If you go that way, I recommend Jocelyne Henua Enana Tours in Taiohae on Nuku Hiva island. They can book your accommodations on Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa with extensions to Ua Huka and Ua Pou and organize tours at local rates. Their full day 4X4 excursion to Hatiheu on the north side of Nuku Hiva includes a visit to Taipivai village where Herman Melville stayed two centuries ago, the archaeological sites of Hikokuha and Kamuehi, and lots of stops and explanations of the flora, fauna, archaeology, and history of the Marquesas Islands. The price of CFP 16,000 for the car for two people is about the same as you’d pay for a rental car but an English-speaking guide is included. If three people go the price drops to CFP 6,500 each, and for four it’s CFP 5,500 per person (CFP 4,500 each for seven or more). The eight-trip doesn’t include lunch but there will be ample time to sample the cuisine at the famous Hatiheu restaurant “Chez Yvonne”.

Jocelyne Henua Enana Tours also organizes boat tours to bays on the south side of Nuku Hiva with a chance to see dolphins. This costs CFP 13,000 for the boat for two people or CFP 5,000 per person for three or four or CFP 4,500 each for five or more. Check their website or call them in Taiohae at (689) 92-00-52 or (689) 74-42-23. Jocelyne speaks excellent English.