Taipivai Valley: Scenic Drive

  • Port

    Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


Taipivai Valley was originally made famous by the American writer and sailor, Herman Melville (1819-1891), who deserted his ship and hid in this valley. Captured by the indigenous natives, he lived there for three weeks -- a period during which he observed their way of life. This experience enabled him to write the novel called Typee. This landmark was more recently made famous by being the base camp for the Survivor television show filmed here in 2001.

An on-road panoramic drive will lead you through lush vegetation among valleys and great viewpoints. The coastline of this part of the island is breathtaking and ensures you some time for rewarding pictures.

You will pass small villages and plenty of churches. Visit the sacred Te A'itua temple and enjoy a refreshment. You'll continue to Hooumi black sand beach before returning to the pier.

Handicrafts are usually available for purchase at Te A'itua or at the beach; bring small denominations of cash, as credit cards are not accepted.


Travel in the Marquesas involves secluded islands with limited facilities. Local transportation varies but is generally in private vehicles (double-cab-style SUVs) with no air-conditioning. Vehicles usually accommodate four guests (three in the back and one in the front). Seating cannot be reserved in advance. Families or friends may be split up. Vehicles are not guaranteed to be air-conditioned. This tour is mainly a sightseeing tour. Most of the drive is over a hard, flat road, although the short distance to the beach may be a little bumpy with some windy roads. Your driver may speak limited or no English; however, you will travel in 'caravan' style and there will be an English-speaking guide providing commentary at all the stops. Please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure here is part of the island's charm, and bear with any language or cultural difficulties you encounter. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. Bring water from the ship.