Ua Pou From The Sea Tahiti Tourisme © Bertrand DuquenneUa Pou From The Sea Tahiti Tourisme
©Ua Pou From The Sea Tahiti Tourisme|Bertrand Duquenne

Getting to Ua Pou

How to get here

Air Tahiti operates 5 to 6 flights per week to Ua Pou from Nuku Hiva. Ua Pou is served on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. -An additional flight on Wednesday is added during local school vacations. These flights are connected with flights to and from Papeete and are operated by Zimex Aviation for Air Tahiti, using Twin Otter aircraft with a capacity of 15 to 17 seats. There are also several flights per week between Ua Huka and Ua Pou (25 minutes).

Air Archipel can provide charter flights between the Marquesas Islands.

Ua Pou is also accessible from Nuku-Hiva by boat: by private ferry or administrative shuttle Kaoha Tini with reservations at the Tourism Committee of Nuku Hiva or in the communal buildings of Hakahau and Vaipaee.

Getting around in Ua Pou

The island is accessible by plane (arrange to be collected from the airport when you make your reservation) or by boat (municipal ferry, fishing boat, speed boat, yacht, catamaran), which is an easier way of getting to some valleys and to other islands. The cargo vessel Aranui 5 stops regularly.

It’s a good idea to rent a vehicle. The best way to visit the island is in an ATV, and it will take you at least three days to see it all.

Hakahau is the administrative center of the island and it boasts a medical center, a dentist, a bank and two cash dispensers (at the bank and at the post office).. Note; the only banks in the Marquesas Islands are in Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva and Ua Pou. If you’re visiting other islands, you have to take cash with you.
The most typical souvenir to take back with you is a sculpture of flower stone. They come in all shapes and sizes and are all equally beautiful reminders of this very special island.