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Fatu Hiva, Tapa Island

Fatu Hiva symbolizes the roof of Gods’ house: a small but nonetheless stunning island. Arriving by sea, the magic happens: sheer landscapes, pristine vegetation….Fatu Hiva will mesmerize visitors. In 1937, Thor Heyerdahl and his wife, in quest of a genuine return to nature, set foot on the island to live like at the dawn of the new world. Nowadays, not much has changed… most local people live around the village of 'Ōmo'a where they make traditional and renowned tapa out of tree bark. Hanavave is sheltered within an amazing bay: the Bay of the Virgins, most probably one of the most beautiful on Earth, especially at dusk when the light blazes the volcanic peaks turning the landscape into an unreal and unforgettable scene.

Do not miss

  • Discover the traditional tapa making with the local islanders,
  • Cross the island between Omo’a and Hanavave (17km): impressive panoramas (waterfalls and vegetation),
  • Explore archeological sites

Useful information

  • Located 1600km from Papeete
  • 85 km²
  • Population : 630