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Hiva Oa HIX     Atuona Airport, Marquesas Airport
Nuku Hiva NHV Nuku A Taha Terre Deserte Airport

Tahiti PPT Faa'a International Airport, Papeete Airport

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The Marquesas Islands are a group of islands in French Polynesia. In French they are known as the Iles Marquises or Archipel des Marquises or Marquises, and in Marquesan they are known variously as Te Henua (K)enana (North Marquesan) and Te Fenua Enata (South Marquesan), which means "The Land of Men". The Marquesas Islands are the island group farthest from any continent in the world, lying between 400 and 600 miles (600 and 1,000 km) south of the equator and approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) northeast of Tahiti.

Northern Marquesas: Eiao, Hatutu, Motu Iti, Motu Oa, Motu One, Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pu. Southern Marquesas: Fatu Hiva, Fatu Huku, Hiva Oa, Moho Tani, Motu Nao, Tahuata, Terihi.

The center of government is Tai o Ha'e on Nuku Hiva, although the former capital, Atuona on Hiva Oa, still serves as the administrative center for the southern islands.

In 1842, France, following a successful military operation on behalf of a native chief (named Iotete) who claimed to be king of the whole of the island of Tahuata, took possession of the whole group, establishing a settlement (abandoned in 1859) on Nuku Hiva. French control over the group was reestablished in 1870, and later incorporated into the territory of French Polynesia. With a combined land area of 1,274 sq km (492 sq miles), the Marquesas are among the largest island groups of French Polynesia, Nuku Hiva being the second largest island in the entire territory, after Tahiti.

The population of the Marquesas Islands at the 2002 census was 8,712 inhabitants, which is on the rise, but still far lower than 16th century estimates which put the population at over 100,000. Much of the population was wiped out by Small pox between 1600 and 1900, when the population was counted at just under 2,000. During the course of the twentieth century, the population increased to about 8,500 by 2002, not including the Marquesan community residing on Tahiti.

Unlike the majority of the islands of French Polynesia, the Marquesas are not surrounded by protective fringing reefs. Except for at Motu One, and in bays and other protected areas, the only coral in the Marquesas is found in a rather strange place: on the top of the island of Fatu Huku.

The South Equatorial Current lashes the islands mercilessly, which has led to sea-caves dotting the islands' shores. Except for where the valleys empty into the small bays, the islands are remarkable for their mountain ridges, which end abruptly as cliffs where they meet the sea. (airports)

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