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Wonder why Princess has all of a sudden decided to include this island instead of just making all the Tahitian cruises overnight in Bora Bora?

 

Anybody got any ideas or speculation, since it appears that there is less to do/harder to get excursions on this island than others?

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I was on the first ship that stopped at Nuka Hiva..1974.

Lovely people, nothing touristy.

An unspoilt island which initself is a great motive for going there

 

 

I believe it is part of Tonga not Tahiti

 

Helen

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Called at Nuku Hiva earlier this year with Oceania, anchoring in Taiohae Bay by the main town, although as the entire island population numbers only in the low 1000s, 'town' may be a little exalted! However, there are a couple of black sand beaches, some Polynesian archaeology, an interesting church, a Herman Melville monument and a tiny private museum right at the edge of town. All this is easily seen on foot - the end of town is only a couple of kilometres from the tender pier.

 

As we didn't sail on until 10.30pm, a local music and dance troupe came on board to show us a taste of their culture, (which is, incidentally, not Tongan - Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti the largest of the Society Islands, both part of French Polynesia).

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We recently visited NukuHiva as a cruise port. As Sekhmet mentioned, it is part of the Marquesas Islands which is part of FP. It was one one of the most beautiful islands we visited, very similar to Moorea with mountainous terrain and beautiful vegetation. You can book an island excursion which takes you to some interesting cultural sites and panoramic lookouts. We encountered horses that roam freely around the island. We ate at Yvonne's restaurant which is a popular destination. Our driver Pua told us great stories of the history of the island including their ties to France, even their cannibal rituals... Bring insect repellent when going inland. Book your excursion in advance as there are very few. We had ours booked 1yr prior.

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We recently visited NukuHiva as a cruise port. As Sekhmet mentioned, it is part of the Marquesas Islands which is part of FP. It was one one of the most beautiful islands we visited, very similar to Moorea with mountainous terrain and beautiful vegetation. You can book an island excursion which takes you to some interesting cultural sites and panoramic lookouts. We encountered horses that roam freely around the island. We ate at Yvonne's restaurant which is a popular destination. Our driver Pua told us great stories of the history of the island including their ties to France, even their cannibal rituals... Bring insect repellent when going inland. Book your excursion in advance as there are very few. We had ours booked 1yr prior.

 

Wow--thanks!

 

But, anyone speculate as to why they are including this island (sort of) all of a sudden?

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  • 3 years later...

Any information from recent travelers? Are there beaches for snorkeling? Will a cab driver take us on a tour?

We will be here for the day. There are no ship's tours offered and it is our first port after 6 sea days.

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Any information from recent travelers? Are there beaches for snorkeling? Will a cab driver take us on a tour?

We will be here for the day. There are no ship's tours offered and it is our first port after 6 sea days.

deec,

Hi, ANSWERS: NO. The Port's beach is volcanic, no snorkeling in traditional sense. YES. A SUV will take you into the jungle. Kevin Ellis of Nuku Hiva Tours handled our group. Find him on TripAdvisor. We were there April of 2017. A true stunner. Nothing much to see if remaining afoot in the Port. I arranged well in advance with Ellis a few Landrover SUV's to take us to Yvonne's up and over the Mountain to see jungle Archeology ruins and then a nice lunch at Mme.Yvonne's beachside place. WHY don't cruiseships offer much for tours?? Because they want LARGE tour buses of folks' $$$ ; Nuku Hiva's 1 paved winding road can't accommodate LARGE buses...plain and simple. T'was our cruise highlight each of the times we went to Yvonne's and back. Be the envy of the others...get up into the mountains.

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