Named for the European ship belonging to explorer Captain
James Wilson, this mountain is the highest point in
the entire Gambier Islands group.
At Mangareva's main village, Rikitea, visitors will
find a number of ruins. Among these archeological relics
are a convent, a triumphal arch, several watchtowers,
a prison and a court. These abandoned remains have been
noted for their dark, eerie feel.
Across the path from St. Micheal of Rikitea Church is
a well-maintained 140 year-old rectory, occupied by
the parish priest.
St Michel of Rikitea Church
Constructed of fired limestone, this neo-gothic Catholic
church was built under the auspices of Father Honoré
Laval. The church, which is still in use today, is inlaid
with iridescent mother-of-pearl.