Fatu Hiva

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The two best bring-home crafts are traditional wood carvings and topa cloths (beaten bark painted with intricate tattoo-like drawings).


Fatu Hiva (also spelled Fatu Iva) is the southernmost island of the remote Marquesas Islands group in French Polynesia.

Getting there

It has no landing strip. Except for a rare helicopter, boats are the only means of access. Your options include a short stop off a cruise ship or private yacht - or from the Aranui passenger-freighter, which calls once every three weeks.

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