Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
More on Hiva Oa
Hiva Oa is made famous by French painter Paul Gauguin who made it his home. His grave is on the island.
Belgian singer Jacques Brel also spent his final days on Hiva Oa until his ill health forced him back to France to seek treatment. After he died, his remains were brought back to Hiva Oa and buried in Atuona.
Visiting Hiva Oa
Air Tahiti flies to Hiva Oa from Tahiti daily, though direct flights are on some days only.
Sights & Attractions in Hiva Oa
- Calvaire Cemetery
The final resting place of both Paul Gaugin and Jacques Brel.
- Espace Culturel Paul Gaugin
Museum celebrating the life and works of the famous French artist. It includes a replica of Gaugin’s house.
- Iipona Archaeological Site
One of the best-preserved ancient Polynesian sites in Hiva Oa. Located near the village of Puamau, it includes the ruins of a marae sacred site and tiki stone effigies.
- Smiling Tiki
A one-meter tall Polynesian effigy that appears to be smiling.
- Tehueto Petroglyphs
Rock paintings on an elevated site, a good hike from Atuona (or you can go on horseback).