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Nuku Hiva

(no͞o`ko͞o` hē`vä), volcanic island, 127 sq mi (329 sq km), South Pacific, largest of the Marquesas IslandsMarquesas Islands
, volcanic group (2002 pop. 8,712), South Pacific, a part of French Polynesia. There are 12 islands in the group, which lies c.930 mi (1,500 km) NE of Tahiti.
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, French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia,
officially Overseas Lands of French Polynesia, internally self-governing dependency (2002 pop. 245,516) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific. The capital is Papeete, on Tahiti.
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. The island is fertile, with well-watered valleys; its highest point is c.4,000 ft (1,220 m). There are eight harbors, the best of which is Taiohae Bay on the southern coast. Copra is the chief export. The village of Taiohae is the administrative center of the Marquesas Islands.
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Islands featured in the guide include Tahiti, Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea, TahaOa, Ahe, Fakarava, Manihi, Maupiti, Rangiroa, Tetiaroa, Tikehau, Hiva Oa, Nuka Hiva, Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai and Mangareva.
Jeeps take us through the lush, green mountains and above Anaho Bay on the island of Nuka Hiva where in 1888 Scottish Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson wrote at anchor, "I have watched the morning break in many quarters of the world .
We're all dragging after the late party, but on Nuka Hiva we hike up through a coconut plantation to see mysterious platforms with stone tikis (gods, chiefs, or deified ancestors with spiritual power).
But the most significant one that we appreciated most was the Rotterdam sailing of 40 days out of Los Angeles that headed, seven days at sea, right for Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas Islands.
Fares for 16-day voyages from Papeete to Takapoto, Ua Pou, Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Ua Huka, Rangiroa, and back to Papeete go as high as $3,920 for a deluxe cabin with queen-size bed.
On June 23, 1842, while the Acushnet was anchored in Nuka Hiva harbor in the Marquesas Islands, Melville and a shipmate, Richard Tobias Greene, slipped overboard.