The Marquesas have retained their mystery. Their location and rugged terrain have kept them at a distance from the pressures of modern life. Artists and poets have found refuge and inspiration there, with Gauguin choosing them as his final home “to be at peace and rid of the influence of civilization” … The Marquesan’s have preserved their culture, and their welcome is legendary among South Pacific sailors. With traditional shops a rarity, you will find that local people will exchange goods, and often simply share what they have. They are a people that live close to nature. Their activities are fishing, hunting and growing fruits and vegetables and their land is generous. Come prepared with fishing equipment (lures etc) and household items to trade, and you will be provided with the produce of this garden of Eden.
If you like hiking, the Marquesas islands are an unspoiled paradise. The more adventurous can even join a hunting expedition, on horseback or on foot looking for wild pig and goat. For those looking for more peaceful pursuits, there are beautiful waterfalls and rockpools for quiet contemplation.
Sailing between the Marquesas is easily manageable, as the distances are not great, and the trade winds are present throughout the year. Don’t forget to trail a fishing line, the area is legendary for great catches!