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Hiva Oa - Where Gauguin and Brel rest.....

It is the largest of the Southern Marquesan islands and it has a population of 1837. Hiva Oa is the master pillar or final post of the "Great House". The island is shaped like a seahorse and has a mountain range running southwest to northwest whose main peaks, Mt Temetiu and Mt Feani form a real wall around Atuona.

Atuona, a peaceful little port at the head of the Taaoa Bay (Traitors Bay), has emerged from obscurity due to having had the privilege of being the last resting place of Paul Gauguin and of the singer Jacques Brel. The tombs of these famous personalities are on the side of the Calvary cemetery looking out across the bay and are places of great pilgrimage. You will also find the Gauguin Museum and the memorial to Jacques Brel here. Near the airstrip, BrelĀ“s little Beechcraft Bonanza airplane is on display. Also closed to Tahauku, a track leads to Tehueko, a petroglyph site whose carvings bear a strange resemblance to the ones on Easter Island.