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Ua Huka, French Polynesia Cruise Port

One of the finest ports in French Polynesia, Ua Huka is a crescent shaped island that is only 32 square miles across. The island's intimate size belies some truly stunning natural landscapes, with the interior of the island containing jungle plateaus and narrow river valleys that weave their way through the immense rock formations on the island, deep indents that contain lush jungle trails and stunning wildlife.

A shield volcano that gives the island its name dominates the skyline, adding even more to the rich scenic surroundings of this idyllic island. The shorelines are positively stunning, featuring gleaming aquamarine waters that lap upon sandy beaches and hidden coves. A series of splendid, undulating hills, light green on their slopes, roll across the landscape like earthen waves, giving the wildlife upon this island a grand expanse upon which to thrive. All in all, the landscape of this island is truly special, an outstanding wealth of wonders clustered in the already flourishing atolls of French Polynesia.

Sightseeing on Ua Huka

The Arboretum

The beauty of the island is sanctuary to a veritable paradise for tropical plants. The rolling hills that are so abundant throughout the interior of the island are a perfect area in which to shelter rare flowers from hungry livestock and harsh weather. The 17-hectare botanical reserve is located at Papuhakeikaha, and is home to over one thousand species of tree from all over the world, as well as wild multi-hued hybrid flowers that wouldn't have the chance to grow anywhere else.

Hane

A glorious bay which is thought to be the former site of the first Polynesian settlement founded on the Marquesas, this tranquil location is framed by palms, exotic fruit trees, as well as striking rock formation that book end each side of its pure white beach. The Bay is shielded from the wind on the east by the towering rocky outcrop of Motu Hane. A white, eye-catching building on the shore front contains a maritime museum with incredibly well preserved outrigger canoes and hooks formerly sued for shark fishing.

Vaipaee

The island's central town is clustered within a lush inlet about 1km long and invisible from a distance. A mysterious township blessed with utterly friendly locals, the artistry of the town is obvious from the get-go, with finely carved sculptures, brightly painted houses, and picturesque straw roofed beachside bars greeting visitors as they step ashore. From here, cruisers can head to Manihina Beach, which is a unique pebbly beach straddled by basaltic cliffs.

Shopping on Ua Huka

Ua Huka is a beautiful place, yet it is yet to be populated by a lot of commercial interests. The remote mystique of this island however, is a total blessing for cruisers visiting its idyllic shores. Local craftsmen in the township of Vaipaee, hosted by the Musee Communal carve wooden art pieces that are exquisite, affordable, but best of all, utterly unique.

Eating Out on Ua Huka

The best seafood dishes can be found in the bustling restaurants of Chez Maurice and Delphine. Not only do they provide a warm-hearted party atmosphere, but also exquisite dishes created using fresh fish, mussels and squid. For a good view of the surrounding mountains, Make sure to book a table early, and enjoy a drink or two during sunset. 

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