Nuka Hiva Kekahanui Pearl Lodge is a Tropical Paradise Snuggled in the Remote Marquesas Islands

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 Nuka Hiva Kekahanui Pearl Lodge is a Tropical Paradise Snuggled in the Remote Marquesas Islands
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My husband and I were gone for five weeks to celebrate our 32nd anniversary— first in Japan and then two weeks in Bora Bora, the Tuomotus and the Marquesas. We loved Nuka Hiva and wish we had spent four nights here and only two in Hiva Oa. There was more to do in Nuka Hiva and Taiohe town is much bigger and more interesting than Atuona town as it is spread out all along the curve of the bay. It is a great walking town.

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Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge

Embrace the wild beauty of French Polynesia at Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge. Located on the rugged island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas archipelago, this remote lodge offers bungalow-style accommodations, breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, and a deep connection with nature. Ideal for adventurers and those seeking an off-the-grid escape, it's the perfect destination for exploring untamed landscapes and Polynesian culture. Whether you're hiking to ancient archaeological sites or simply relaxing on the lodge's terrace, Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge promises a remote and unforgettable experience in paradise.

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  • The bay is spectacular. It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The island is lush, green and mountainous.

  • The hotel is gorgeous with its scattered bungalows on a high hill overlooking the bay.

  • The infinity pool is lovely. We got in twice in the evening. It was beautiful with the lights shimmering from under the water.

  • Service is good. All of the staff are helpful and friendly.

  • The beds are very comfortable. Bring earplugs as roosters are heard off and on but this is the case in every hotel we stayed in in French Polynesia.

  • CNN in English is on the TV.

We took the day trip to see the island. Highly recommended with Richard! Ask him to throw some tuna pieces in the little creek at Yvonne's where you eat lunch. The huge eels are fun to watch!

On one day, the cruise ship was in and we were able to see traditional native dancing and shop at all of the handicraft shops that are set up for the passengers.

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We highly recommend this hotel, it is a very peaceful and relaxing escape!

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to French Polynesia. In need of further inspiration? Check out Kateri Grey‘s guide, First-Timer’s Guide to the French Polynesian Islands.

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