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Of the five archipelagos of French Polynesia, the Marquesas - in addition to being among the largest - is also the one of all the superlatives: the northernmost, the most isolated, the most rugged, the most rugged, the most charming and, without doubt, the most rugged beauty. In the middle of the Pacific, lava blocks appear, posing a permanent challenge to the forces of the ocean, while the large plateaus and narrow valleys of the interior of the islands are home to spaces with breathtaking animal and plant life. When Bougainville passed through here in the 18th century, he estimated the Marquesan population at about 200,000, if not more, with an ancient civilization and elaborate practices. As you travel through the two groups of islands - the northern one with Nuki Hiva as its capital, and the southern one with the Hiva Oa power station - you will discover everywhere the millenary petroglyphs left by the ancestors of this united, proud and joyful people, whose warrior members are tattooed from head to toe. The Marquesas tourist guide will take you to the four corners of this true earthly paradise, the one that Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel have chosen as their ultimate destination: "Do you want me to tell you / Moaning is not appropriate / Aux Marquises" (J. Brel).

When to go to Marquesas Islands?

When to go to the Marquesas Archipelago? The climate of French Polynesia is tropical oceanic. There are two seasons: the dry season from April to October (during the southern winter) and the rainy season from November to March (it is warmer and especially more humid because it rains a lot). The average temperature (of both air and water!) varies between about 24 and 28°C. However, the climate varies according to the archipelagos: it is cooler in the Austral, and warmer in the Marquesas. The best time to go to the Marquesas is during the austral winter, between May and October, and especially in August and September, when the temperatures are a little cooler (especially at night). January and February are the rainiest months and are traditionally very low! The high season runs from May to October, and for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The low season from November to April. So when to go to the Marquesas? During the austral winter ideally

How to go to Marquesas Islands? Our advice & tips

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A large number of tour operators propose to discover the Marquesas, and French Polynesia as a whole: combined islands, cruises (catamarans or liners) and diving holidays are in the spotlight, but there are also offers of cultural tours or hikes. Finally, proposals for boarding houses are also very frequent. However, the destination is very popular with lovers who want to celebrate their idyll at the end of the world in postcard settings. As an indication, count €3,000 for an individual tour of 13 days and 10 nights, €2,500 for 10 days and 7 nights and €5,000 for a 22-day trek. Many specialists offer special packages for newlyweds, valid all year round.

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The journey is long to reach the Marquesas, but you will find many airlines offering flights with stopovers. Note that the price variation depends on the company borrowed, but above all, of course, on the booking time. For the best rates in high season, buy your tickets six months in advance. For shorter periods, a much shorter time frame should not prevent you from getting a good price.

Going to French Polynesia is a long and tiring journey. Once there, it's not over, you still have to move around a territory as big as Europe! With 118 islands and as many ways to get there, travel will represent a large part of your budget. But don't worry, travelling to Polynesia and the Marquesas is already fun! The territory is equipped with an efficient, original and varied transportation network, and not necessarily always expensive. On land, at sea or in the air, here are all the keys to getting around the islands, between the islands and on the islands.

Air Tahiti offers Pass at advantageous rates by combining several islands. These are closed circuits, all starting from Tahiti. However, between two islands, trips can be made by other means, such as by boat.

Marquises Pass. Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou, Ua Huka: from 750 to 950 € per adult and from 600 to 750 € per child depending on the number of islands visited (2, 3 or 4). Rates based on a 23 kg baggage allowance

In the Marquesas, there are few roads, sometimes paved with stones or earth, sometimes barely marked, and quickly flooded in case of rain. However, the main roads are now almost all paved.

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When to travel?

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Weather forecast

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Budget

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Formalities

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Health

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How to get organized?

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Getting around

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