The waters off the Marquesas Islands are plankton-rich, helping to attract some of the most unique marine species across all the islets. Dotted around the islands are underwater caves filled with stingrays, and roaming the entrances are electra dolphins and scalloped hammerhead sharks.

Dive sites in Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa is the only one of the Marquesas Islands where you’ll find a dive center. The waters around the island are superb for experienced divers, with caves and coral platforms to discover and explore. These are the two best known dive sites on the island.

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The Rabot

At a depth of 20 to 27 meters it is a superb site for experienced divers. The deep caves are home to moray eels, certain of which are not that much smaller than giant moray eels. You’ll also find some incredibly colorful nudibranchs.

Kiukiu Point

On this dive you’ll feel like you’re flying as you make your way over cavities filled with remarkable shells of all shapes. Here too you’ll find scorpion fish, groupers, and the show-stopping manta rays.

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When you’re not exploring the waters of the Marquesas Islands, go on one of the many hiking trails and discover some of the archeological remains for which these islands are famous.

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