Marquesas Islands are high islands with no protective coral reef.
The Marquesas Islands were the first to be colonized in French Polynesia in the 11th and 12th centuries. At one time population reached 100,000. Westerners brought diseases to the islands by the 20th century 4,000 survived.
Natural stone enches around Taiohae Bay.
People of Marquesas are well known wood, stone and bone carvers.
Entrance of Notre Dame Cathedral flanked by carved rosewood statues of St. Peter and St. Paul.