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Given the sometimes dangerous condition of the roads and the difficulty of finding things on Nuku Hiva, I recommend seeing the sights on a guided tour. The best are offered by the Keikahanui Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge, which offers a full-day tour to the Taipivai Valley and Hatiheu for about 14,000CFP (US$175/£89) per person, including lunch at Chez Yvonne. It also has a half-day version that goes as far as the Taipivai. The lodge's guides speak English.

Another option is Pua Excursions (tel. 92.06.87; www.puaexcursions.pf). Owner Georges "Pua" Taupotini will arrange excursions by land as well as on foot and horseback.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.