Survivor: Marquesas was set in French Polynesia. The Marquesan Archipelago is situated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. The Marquesas Islands lie between 400 and 600 miles south of the equator and approximately 1,000 miles northeast of Tahiti. The Marquesas are among the largest island groups of French Polynesia and were formerly a major centre of east Polynesian civilization. The terrain is of volcanic origin with thick jungles and waterfalls. No-nos (mosquito-like bugs) are a common insect nuisance for the Survivor contestants. The peoples and culture: Marquesas is the primordial home of the tiki statues (stone statues that are believed to represent deified ancestors). Tikis are placed on the cobbled stone platforms (paepaes) whose purpose is to raise their praised spirits high above the ground. Sacred dances and religious rites often took place around their bases. The tattoos on the island's locals are tiki designs, applied using traditional instruments. Tapa Paintings are primitive fabrics made in tropical and subtropical countries from the soft inner bark of certain trees.
Tiki statues of the Marquesas