Tahuata is a beloved stop on Marquesas cruises. One of the world’s most remote inhabited islands, Tahuata remains serene, inviting and unspoiled. Created by a volcano, its jagged vivid-green ridges rise from turquoise seas. Visitors on Tahuata cruises will instantly notice the quiet—this is an island with few roads and no airports or banks. But its natural splendors are more than enough: white-sand beaches, fragrant valleys and rare sea life. This is a snorkeler’s dream with giant manta rays gliding around Hanamoenoa Bay. Vaitahu, the island’s main village, has several cultural sites and a pavilion to shop for handicrafts. The tiny museum features archeological items and free admission. Take a moment to appreciate the woodcarvings and notice the copra-drying sheds around the island. If you have time on your Marquesas cruise, visit Hapatoni to stroll down the royal road, a road on the shore lined with century-old trees.