Fatu Hiva is the southernmost island of the Marquesas archipelago in French Polynesia, 35 miles southeast of Tahuata. Fatu Hiva is a small island, measuring roughly 3.5 miles wide by a 9 miles long. It was formed from two volcanic craters, one having risen within the other. The island is wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water's edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges and luxuriant valleys and sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf. Blessed with abundant rain and rich, fertile soil, sweet and juicy citrus fruits fill the gardens.
Sculptors carve miro (rosewood), tou and sandalwood, plus coconuts and basaltic stones. They produce bowls, platters, small canoes, turtles, tiki and other designs. The artisans of Fatu Hiva still produce tapa cloth, made from the bark of trees and painted with the same designs their ancestors formerly wore as tattoos. This is one of the few places in the Marquesas where tapa cloth is still made. The 497 inhabitants live in the villages of Omoa and Hanavave, which are separated by 3 miles of sea. A narrow path winds over the mountains between the two villages offering a challenging hike and panoramic views. The Catholic church in Omoa is one of the most picturesque scenes in any Marquesan village. Omoa is one of the 2 major bays of the island. There is a small jetty carved from the volcanic cliff on the north side of Omoa's bay.
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