Motu Iti (Marquesas Islands)

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Motu Iti

Motu Iti (sometimes also called Hatu Iti) is one of the northern Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Located west-northwest from Nuku Hiva, Motu Iti is the site of extensive seabird rookeries.

Motu Iti is administratively part of the commune (municipality) of Nuku-Hiva, itself in the administrative subdivision of the Marquesas Islands.


In 1814, four sailors from an American ship were stranded on the rocky island. One survived for three years until being rescued by a passing ship.[1]


  1. ^ "American seaman brought away from a desert rock after three years residence on it". The Analectic Magazine. Philadelphia: Moses Thomas. 10: 427–428. 1817. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 

Coordinates: 8°40′48″S 140°37′00″W / 8.68000°S 140.61667°W / -8.68000; -140.61667