Atuona, located on Atuona Bay on the southern side of Hiva Oa island, French Polynesia, is the administrative centre of the commune (municipality) of Hiva-Oa. Atuona was the capital of all the Marquesas Islands but it has been replaced by Taiohae (on Nuku Hiva).

Atuona
Town
Atuona is located in Marquesas Islands
Atuona
Atuona
Location in the Marquesas Islands
Coordinates: 9°48′11″S 139°2′23″W / 9.80306°S 139.03972°W / -9.80306; -139.03972Coordinates: 9°48′11″S 139°2′23″W / 9.80306°S 139.03972°W / -9.80306; -139.03972
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Territory Marquesas Islands
IslandHiva Oa

The peak Temetiu, rising to 1,213 m (3,980 ft) above sea level, towers above the town.

Atuona was the final home of Paul Gauguin, who died there in 1903 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, which overlooks the town. The Belgian singer Jacques Brel is also buried there. In 2003, construction on the Paul Gauguin Cultural Center was completed in Atuona.

Famous People

The island is not well known for prominent figures. Recently the area has been recognised in London for its dancing[citation needed]. This has been led by Hinatea Fonteneau who is also the Head of Customer Experience for the Docklands Light Railway .

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Atuona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
29
(85)
29
(84)
28
(83)
28
(83)
29
(84)
29
(85)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(85)
Daily mean °C (°F) 27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27
(80)
26
(79)
26
(78)
26
(78)
26
(79)
26
(79)
27
(80)
27
(81)
27
(80)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(74)
24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
24
(75)
23
(74)
23
(74)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(74)
23
(74)
23
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 110
(4.5)
91
(3.6)
140
(5.4)
120
(4.6)
120
(4.8)
180
(6.9)
120
(4.8)
100
(4)
81
(3.2)
79
(3.1)
66
(2.6)
89
(3.5)
1,290
(50.9)
Source: Weatherbase [1]

http://www.worldweatheronline.com/v2/weather-averages.aspx?q=HIX

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Atuona, French Polynesia". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

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