On my 12 day cruise from Tahiti to San Diego we stopped on the island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. I think visiting the Marquesas Islands on a cruise is a good way to see them. We were told on the cruise not to swim in the water because it's dark and that means there is a risk of sharks. The children seemed to be enjoying themselves playing in the water, but I have to say I was a little worried about them.
The Marquesas Islands are incredibly beautiful, a good place to go for hiking, and like most islands in French Polynesia there is not a lot to do. It is a good way to relax and get away from it all. There are about 9,000 people on all these islands total. Nuku Hiva is the most populous with ~2700 people.
As you can see from my photos, there was a storm brewing. When the cruise ship sailed away that night, it was quite a rocky ride. I felt intoxicated walking around and hadn't drank a drop of alcohol!