The northernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands are the most mountainous of the archipelagos. These islands are characterized by a breathtaking, diverse terrain. Dramatic cliffs plunge into valleys intersected by streams, secluded retreats accessed only by 4×4 vehicle. The beauty of these mountainous islands is legendary, tempting singer Jaques Brel and painter Paul Gauguin to live out their last years on the island of Hiva Oa. In addition to the amazing pristine scenery, visitors will discover the flourishing culture of the Marquesans. Several giant stone tiki, temples and other religious sites that have been unearthed providing evidence of Polynesian heritage dating back as far as 300 AD.