Getting Around the
Getting to and around the Marquesas is a unique experience.
Operating seven days a week, Air Tahiti provides to
Nuku Hiva with a 3-1/2 hour flight from Papeete. Weekly
service is also offered to Nuku Hiva from Bora Bora
and Rangiroa. Continuing flights and helicopter charters
connect Nuku Hiva to Hiva Oa with several weekly 35-minute
flights. Several inter-island vessels are in operation,
however they are seldom used by visitors.
The Aranui 3, and several inter-island vessels
offer service between the primary islands.
Always an adventure, travel to and from the airport
should be scheduled by your preferred travel professional
or by your hotel. Depending on road conditions and
the location of your hotel, airport transfers can
either be by boat, horse, 4x4 truck or by helicopter
from Héli inter Marquises.
Travel around the islands requires planning as well.
Although 4x4 rental vehicles are available, it is
advisable to hire a guide to negotiate the steep,
rugged, and unfamiliar roads occasionally used by
herds of wild horses. Around the islands, motorboat
rentals offer an enjoyable way to explore the dramatic
bays and shoreline.