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Ua Pou, freedom island


This confetti in the Marquesas amazes travellers with its sharp peaks and steep cliffs, standing proudly in the middle of the vast ocean.

‘Volcanic arrows looking like a church bell tower', wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in 1888. Called the entrance pillars to the house of God, the spectacular landscape of the island, manhandled by the laws of geology, draws adventurers from around the world. Despite its remoteness: Ua Pou, part of the Polynesian archipelago farthest away from the continents, is 1,300 km of Tahiti. Suffice to say that the island has managed to free itself, like the wild horses that inhabit its hills, shores and valleys.

A wind of freedom blows also on the creativity of artists who live here: musicians, painters, sculptors, and dancers. They find inspiration in the incredible landscapes, dominated by two basaltic columns, rising to over 1,200 metres.

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