If you like waking, you’ll love walking here. The hills and valleys of Ua Pou are a hiker’s dream. There are many professional guides ready to take you on one of the multitude of trails, such as the pic de Poumaka, which is a four-hour trek into the very heart of Marquesan legends. Leaving from Hakahetau valley, it’s a trail for experienced hikers and can be hard going in places, so it’s not suitable for children under 10 years of age. In the Marquesas Islands, it is normal for hikers to be accompanied by a guide, not only for safety reasons, but also so that you will learn about the plant-life and hear some of the many legends for which the islands are famous. On this particular trail, you’ll be able to admire the pitons (pillars of volcanic stone) which are the pride of the local population. Their summits are sometimes obscured by clouds, but the panoramic views are always magnificent.