©

Marquesas Islands trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas Islands are a group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southern Pacific Ocean. The Marquesas are located at 9° 00 S, 139° 30 W. The highest point is the peak of Mount Oave on Ua Pou island at 1,230 m above sea level.Based on 2010 studies, new research suggests that the islands were colonized rapidly in two waves by indigenous colonists from West Polynesia, beginning, leading to development of a "remarkably uniform culture, human biology and language."The Marquesas Islands form one of the five administrative divisions of French Polynesia. The capital of the Marquesas Islands administrative subdivision is the settlement of Taiohae on the island of Nuku Hiva. The population of the Marquesas Islands was 9,264 inhabitants at the August 2012 census.HistoryThe first recorded settlers of the Marquesas were Polynesians, who, from archaeological evidence, were long believed by scholars to have arrived from West Polynesia before 100 AD; other estimates were settlement from 600 AD.However, a 2010 study using revised, high-precision radiocarbon dating based on more reliable samples has established that the period of eastern Polynesian colonization took place much later, in a shorter time frame of two waves: the "earliest in the Society Islands A.D. ∼1025–1120, four centuries later than previously assumed; then after 70–265 years, dispersal continued in one major pulse to all remaining islands A.D. ∼1190–1290." This rapid colonization is believed to account for the "remarkable uniformity of East Polynesia culture, biology and language." The new information will require major reworking of scholarship about the development of linguistics and culture in the islands. Ethnological and linguistic evidence suggests that they likely migrated from the Western regions of Polynesia.
Use our French Polynesia tourist route planner to arrange the details of your trip to Marquesas Islands and other destinations.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Marquesas Islands

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Places to visit in Marquesas Islands

Where to stay in Marquesas Islands

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Recently planned trips to Marquesas Islands

1 day in Nuku Hiva BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Nuku Hiva BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Hiva Oa BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in French Polynesia BY A USER FROM FINLAND September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Hiva Oa BY A USER FROM GREECE January, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Hiva Oa BY A USER FROM GREECE December, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Nuku Hiva BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in French Polynesia & Norfolk Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Nuku Hiva BY A USER FROM MEXICO October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Marquesas Islands BY A USER FROM CANADA September, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in South Pacific & South America BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in French Polynesia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans