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Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
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Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa

The final resting place of artist Paul Gauguin, whose paintings presented some of most iconic images of French Polynesia to the world, Hiva Oa has inspired creative spirits since ancient times. One of six inhabited islands in the 12 Marquesas Islands, known for their breathtaking cliffs and striking black-sand beaches, Hiva Oa has a rich tradition of wood carving, which was admired by Gauguin himself. In Atuona, the Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin pays homage to his life and work, including a life-size statue of the artist at work—just steps from the Centre Jacques Brel, which honors the Belgian singer-songwriter who also moved to the island. From the m/s Paul Gauguin, book a shore excursion and off-road into the wild Taaoa Valley.