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 Atuona Airport: Cheap Flights, Tickets, and Travel Deals

Cheap Flights to Atuona Airport

Atuona Airport (AUQ), also known as Hiva Oa Airport, is a small public-use air facility located on Hiva Oa, one of the islands making up the Marquesas Archipelago of French Polynesia. The airstrip is situated approximately 4.5 kilometres to the northeast of Atuona, the former capital city of the Marquesas Islands. Atuona gained fame in 1901, when French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin took up residence in the city. Finding and comparing cheap flights to Atuona Airport is easy with Skyscanner's flight search. If you haven't yet decided when you're travelling, the Whole Month search tool can help you determine the least expensive days to fly.

Best Time to Fly to Atuona Airport

Atuona enjoys a consistently warm climate, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius year-round. That said, the city does experience a wet season, which runs from November through March. The most popular time to visit Atuona is between the months of June through August, when the skies are clear and there is minimal rainfall. This is also the time of year when flight prices and accommodation rates are at their highest. The best time to visit Atuona, if you want to save on travel costs and still enjoy dry, pleasant weather, is during the spring and fall months (March to May and September to November). If you've already decided on a departure date, Skyscanner's Price Alert tool can help you save even more money on a flight to Atuona Airport.

Airlines That Fly to Atuona Airport

No direct flights are available from Canada to Atuona Airport. Air Tahiti is the only airline that flies to this facility. Both direct flights from Tahiti and connected flights via Nuku Hiva are available. Among the airlines that fly from Canada to French Polynesia are American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. More information about airlines flying to French Polynesia can be found here.

What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport

Atuona Airport consists of a single terminal building. There are no aerobridges or mobile staircases; passengers disembark from the plane directly onto the tarmac. The airport sits on a 440-metre-high plateau in the mountains overlooking Atuona. The walk downhill from the airport to the city centre takes around two hours, so it's best to arrange your transportation in advance. Most hotels and pensions provide free transport from the airport, but local taxi services are also available. The taxi ride to the the village takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around $25.

Airport Facilities

Being a small, remote airstrip, Atuona Airport has limited services and facilities. There are no bars, coffee stands, or food concessions, so you'll want to be sure to pack some snacks for your trip. There are also no ATMs or cashpoints at the airport, so it's a good idea to have some local currency on hand when arriving in the city.

What to See and Do in Atuona

Hiva Oa is home to the largest tiki statues in all of French Polynesia, so it's worth booking a few excursions around the island to see these magnificent gems. They include Tiki Moeone, hidden deep in a forest near the village of Hanapaaoa, and Smiling Tiki, which is nestled in the Tahauku valley. If you'd prefer to stay in the village, a few good tourist sites to check out are Espace Culturel Paul Gaugin - a gallery showcasing Gaugin's work - as well as a few archaeological finds from his former home, and Centre Jacques Brel, a museum elebrating the life and work of Belgian musician Jacques Brel.

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 Location Details

Longitude:139° 1' 0'' W
Latitude:9° 46' 0'' S
IATA code:AUQ
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