The village of Taiohae is the ideal place to begin your exploration of Nuku Hiva. Stroll to the communal market where a dozen or so stallholders sell all kinds of local produce: fruit, honey, pineapple vinegar, jams… A few yards past the market is the fare artisanal (craft workshop) where you can admire sculptures in wood and bone, seed necklaces and all the many other examples of Marquesan art.
The village of Taiohae stretches for several kilometers along the bay and makes for a very pleasant stroll. Among the sites to be seen in the village are the archeological remains of the paepae(large stone platforms) Piki Vehine and Temehea, watched over by several huge tiki. There is also Notre-Dame des Marquises Cathedral, which was built using stones of different colors and grades which come from all six of the Marquesas Islands. And not to be missed is a visit to Fort Colet where an immense tiki,12 meters tall, was put in place in 2016. It is a magnificent site with superb panoramic views over the bay.