The modern world will fall away as you take in the well-preserved ancient sacred sites on the islands of Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva. You’ll feel the deep, ancient spirit of mana on an archeological discovery safari tour, as you wander around what were once stone temples, giant tiki statues, petroglyphs, and ceremonial complexes, while an expert guide helps put it all in context and bring the past to life. The Marquesas have been relatively untouched since the European explorations, so you’ll also find living examples of its history in its melodic dialect (said to be directly traced to an ancient Polynesian language) and village life. Don’t miss the Paul Gaugin Cultural Center, located on land owned by the late painter and opened on the 100th anniversary of his death.
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