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Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge

Clouds form around heady peaks. Surge pounds relentlessly against a rocky shoreline. Jagged mountains rise from forested valleys. Gorges are craved into lush plateaux. This is Hiva Oa, a mystical island that has inspired writers, painters and singers through the centuries. Herman Melville gained inspiration here, while both French Impressionist Paul Gaugin and Belgian singer Jacques Brel were so inspired by Hiva Oa that they are both buried in the same cemetery above the island's capital, Atuona. Atuona lies at the head of the Bay of Traitors and is a popular and safe anchorage for yachts from around the world.

Island highlights include a visit to Puamau Village, where Gauguin's descendents live. In the steamy jungle above the village is the Oipona me'ae temple and the 8-ft. tall tiki (statue) Takaii, the largest stone tiki in Polynesia. Several other stone carvings adorn this quiet spot. Visit the very picturesque village of Hanaiapa; the petroglyphs carved in stone in Eiaone and Punai; the meae temple and black sand beach of Taaoa and the pretty bays of Nahoe and Hanamenu.

Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge
Our recommended resort in Hiva Oa is the Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge. 20 minutes from the airport by 4x4, and with a 180 view from the bar & restaurant terrace of 4000ft Mt Temetiu, Traitors Bay, the Bordelais canal, the small island of Hanakee and in the distance the precipitous volcanic island of Tahuata this resort offers accommodation in just 20 bungalows, each individually decorated by a local artist. The bungalows are built in a semi circle below the resort's infinity swimming pool, each with commanding views of the ocean or mountains. All have an outdoor terrace, air conditioning and/or ceiling fan, TV & video channel, IDD telephone, mini bar & in room safe, and an en suite bathroom with shower. 6 of the bungalows are classed as family suites and can accommodate a family of 4 with ease and comfort.

The restaurant and bar have spectacular and elevated views of the surrounding scenery, and here you can enjoy breakfast in the warm sunlight or a romantic dinner under the light of the moon. Polynesian cuisine with French twist is what's on the menu, and a fine selection of wines is also available.

The hotel's activity desk can arrange a wealth of tours, including hill walking, hikes, sailing, helicopter rides and a visit to the neighbouring island of Tahuata, where the villagers of Hapatoni will tempt you with their traditional carving and artefacts.

 

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