Atuona & Taaoa private valley visit

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Hiva Oa - Half-day

Expedition & Discovery / Guided Tour

A unique experience
  • A cultural and historical visit.
  • Visit the village where Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel chose to live their lives.
  • Discover one of the most important ceremonial centers of Polynesia.

Your excursion will start by the visit of the Gauguin cultural centre and the Brel area. You will board a 4x4 for a ride along the south coast of the island towards Taaoa.
Located in a valley at the back of the bay, Taaoa is easily accessible from Atuona through a coastal road, offering beautiful panoramas over the bay and the Hanakee’s rock.
Situated right beside a black sandy beach, very famous for surfing, this little town has a pretty stone church.
Taaoa valley, which houses the big ceremonial center of Upeke, is very important in the marquesan mythology. This archaeological site, regarded as the biggest in Polynesia, covers several hectares, split into many platforms. Only a little area has been restored. You will discover ancient houses, the enigmatic tikis, sacrificial altars... The visit enables visitors to imagine the lives of elders marquesans.

Key information
Meeting place:

Atuona village

Period: All year round
Duration: Half-day 
Size of group:

Upon request


We recommend to take a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent lotion and a bottle of water.

Are included
  • Pick up at your hotel
  • One bottle of water
Our Opinion

This visit will take you into the Marquesas’ history where you will let yourself be enchanted by the « mana » through myths and legends.