We're waitlisted for the Princess tour on Nuku Hiva. Is that worth it?
Any suggestions on some beautiful tropical beaches to go to on either island? While snorkeling is fun, we also like to just play in the waves....
Thanks for any help!
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If I recall, this is the Island where Paul Gaugin is buried. Princess provided free 'shuttle' service into town, where they have a polynesian dance and music demonstration in the town square. There were no tours available, as it was on a Sunday.
The shuttle service is some buses and lot's of locals with their personal vehicles.
We had a lovely woman take us to the Cemetery, and then we walked down into town (she offered to drive but we like to walk). Lots of photo ops.
There were a few booths set up with local crafts.
We walked back to the ship (the same woman passed us many times and offered to drive) but it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed all the stunning views.
There isn't much else there. Just a beautiful, rugged Island with very nice people.
I can't recall which excursion we took on Nuku Hiva. I THINK it was a 4x4 tour around the Island, the "Taipivai Valley 4wd Overland & Hike" but I really don't remember. IF this was the tour we took, we enjoyed it very much- it is as described though - the hike is strenous and the trails can be very muddy and slippery.
We thought every Island was more beautiful than the next.
I second the comment on Nuku Hiva being unsuitable for tanning your backside and boogalooing on a sandy beach.
Almost all beaches in Polynesia (esp. the Marquesas) are rocky - not like idyllic sands of St. Lucia or Barbados. Plus, waters teem with sharks in Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa.
If you enjoy swimming with sharks, hey, this will make your day.
BTW, roads & island infrastructures are a mess. Don't rely on map distances to time excursions on either island. You will need an experienced driver to get around and back to the ship by departure time.
Not sure why you have to be nasty... This trip was a long time ago and I was not at home to look at my trip logs and tour information.Hi Beth,
It was several years ago! Maybe your memory is perfect all the time. Lucky you.
As far as swimming goes, some of the islands are surrounded by hammerhead breeding grounds. If you want to swim with hammerheads, be our guest.
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