Bora Bora Motu
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South Pacific Destinations - Marquesas
Welcome to one of the world's last unspoiled paradises! The striking panoramas of the mystical Marquesas are unique in the world and touch the spirit of wildness in the beholder. These stunning islands lie shrouded in mystery, with their mist-laden mountains and untouched wilderness.
The beautiful Marquesas Islands were originally named "Te Henua Enata" (Land of Men) by the native Polynesian people. They were originally discovered by the Spanish in 1595 and later made famous by Captain James Cook. The novelist Herman Melville then immortalized them in his book "A Peep at Polynesian Life", and by the painter Paul Gauguin who abandoned European civilization to live out his days in these rugged islands. He went to his eternal rest on Hiva Oa, buried beneath a statue of a Polynesian goddess.
The local population once exceeded 80,000, but dropped sharply because of diseases introduced by uninvited visitors. The islands are located around 930 miles northeast of Tahiti and include twelve islands, two of which are small rock islands and only six are inhabited. Shrouded in an almost constant cloud cover, all are wild, rugged and lush, and considered to be among the most beautiful islands on the planet.
In Fatu Hiva, a remote paradise with only one road, locals create beautiful tapa - beaten cloth bark decorated in ink with traditional Polynesian artwork. Perhaps you'll pay homage to the ship's namesake at his resting place on Hiva Oa. On Ua Huka, admire fine wood carvings and the oldest ruins in the Marquesas or call on Nuka Hiva where Herman Melville was once held captive.