Shore Excursion Details

Visit to Taipivai Valley

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

Visit to Taipivai Valley


  • 3
    hrs Estimate Duration

Nuka Hiva's spectacular beauty is yours to discover during this adventure in the Taipivai Valley. Your tour is conducted caravan style in groups of approximately 15 4WD vehicles with one tour guide per group.

Drive to the Taipivai Valley, one of the richest archeological sites in the Marquesas Islands. The Taipivai Valley was made famous by the American writer and former sailor, Herman Melville (1819-1891), who deserted his ship and hid in this valley. Captured by the indigenous natives, he lived in the Taipivai Valley for three weeks, a period during which he observed their way of life. This experience was the inspiration for his novel, Typee. This landmark was also made famous by being the base camp for the Survivor TV show, filmed here in 2001.

Your drive leads you through valleys among lush vegetation and great view points. Along the way, you’ll pass small villages, churches and sacred temples, stopping to take in spectacular views and memorable photos of the coastline, bays and valleys. Itinerary and stops vary, depending on local conditions. You’ll also stop at the site of Te A’Aitua to enjoy a light refreshment and perhaps purchase a souvenir of your trip. Handicraft items are usually available at the site; however, please make sure to have small denominations of cash. Credit cards not accepted.

More spectacular views unfold on the return drive.

Need to Know:

Note: Tour is mainly panoramic with limited narration during photo stops only. Vehicles travel caravan stile in groups of approximately 15, with only one tour guide for the entire group. While this tour includes limited walking, it does involve travel over paved roads and some uneven terrain. Tour is not recommended for those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back and/or neck problems. Vehicles hold a maximum of 4 passengers. The drivers are not guides, and their command of the English language is very limited or none. Vehicles are not air-conditioned.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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