Nuku Hiva Cruises
The beautiful French Polynesian Island of Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands, and is dominated by two dormant volcanoes which have eroded to leave a 1,200m peak, surrounded by lush, green fertile valleys.
The hidden Taipivai valley is where Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, set his other great novel, Typee. The island is resolutely unspoilt. In its farms, pastureland and fishing villages, life carries on pretty much as it has for generations. The islanders are very welcoming of visitors, although there’s little concession to the tourist trade apart from a couple of souvenir shops.
The highlight of Nuku Hiva is the hidden Taipivai Valley, where Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, set his other great novel, Typee. Home to beautiful scenery and abundant vegetation, Taipivai Valley provided inspiration for Melville’s novel after the former sailor abandoned his ship and hid here. He was captured by indigenous natives for three weeks, and as a result gained an insight into their lives.