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Introduction

The Marquises Islands form one of the archipelagoes of the French Polynesia, located about 600 to 1000 km south of the equator and 1600 km from Tahiti. With a total surface of 997 km², they were an important cultural center of the eastern Polynesia. The largest island, Nuku Hiva (2'652 inhabitants), is located in the northern part of the archipelago; the administrative centre, the village of Taiohae, is located there. Geologically young, those islands have a sharp relief and do not display any flat land not lagoon. Climate is sub-tropical, with a total of rain between 1 to 3 meters, making the Marquises Islands one of the driest place in Polynesia. Average temperature is 26°C.

Still nowadays, Marquises Islands are quite isolated. Most visitors fly from Papeete. Accommodation is limited, and advance booking is strongly recommended. It is also worth to underline that while scuba diving is getting more and more popular, the quality of the diving sites is lower than in other places in Polynesia, especially in the Tuamotu.

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Diving type

Destination
easily accessible
easily accessible
bargain destination
bargain destination
Diving level & type
for beginners
for beginners
for advanced divers
for advanced divers
shore diving
shore diving
liveaboard
liveaboard
Diving Characteristics
pelagics
pelagics
lots of fish
lots of fish
lots of corals
lots of corals
interesting underwater scenery
interesting underwater scenery
Other activities
attractive natural spots
attractive natural spots
gastronomy
gastronomy
night life
night life
beach
beach
snorkeling
snorkeling

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Infrastructures

  • diving center
    Centre de Plongée Marquises
    Centre de Plongée Marquises (diving center)
    telephone : (689) 920 088
    address : BP 100 Taiohae, 98742 Nuku Hiva, Marquises, Polynésie Française
    rating : 3 / 4 starsrating : 3 / 4 stars
    comments :
    The only diving center on Nuku Hiva is under the direction of Xavier Curvat, who dived for 20 years in the waters of the Marquises archipelago. He is assisted by Loïc Leduc, a nice Briton, who was guiding us underwater. The diving center is located two kilometers away from the Keikahanui hotel, which is the most comfortable hotel of the island with its 20 bungalows, all offering a nice view on the sea. Henry, the director of the hotel, brings himself the divers to the diving center every day. But there is a charge for this service, which is a little of a pity considering the rather high rates of the rooms.

    The price for one dive is 50 euros, with some discount is several days of diving are booked; all equipment is included, except the dive computer - and all equipment is in excellent shape. The boat is comfortable and can accommodate around 10 divers. Diving starts from the deck on the back of the boat. In the case of strong current, getting back on the boat can become challenging and required the help of the staff, especially since the boat has to move away from the rocks at the surface of the sea.

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