Although Ua Huka is one of the smallest of the Marquesas Islands, it has the biggest number of museums. The most important is the musée communal et archéologique at Vaipaee on the Te Tumu site. The pieces on display include warrior spears and clubs, wooden dishes, model outrigger canoes, tiki, large totem poles, tapa beaters… An interesting insight into the island’s past.
After the museum, learn more of the island’s ancient history by visiting some of the archeological sites. Discover the petroglyphs at Vaikivi, the three superb tiki at Hane and Meiaute, the most ancient archeological site in the MarquesasIslands. On the way you’ll pass several paepae, ancient stone platforms where religious ceremonies and festivities were once held. If you go with a professional guide, he’ll be able to explain the significance and cultural importance of each of these sites.