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Huahine

The Garden Island

The island equivalent to the Garden of Eden, Huahine is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. Undoubtedly, this island will leave you spellbound.

The Locale

Part of the Leeward Group of Society Islands, Huahine is a 40-minute flight from Tahiti and rests in close proximity to Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora. The island is divided into two parts: Huahine Nui (big) and Huahine Iti (small). The name Huahine, a variation of the Tahitian word vahine (woman), presumably refers to a mountain ridge resembling the outline of a pregnant woman—a symbol of the island's irrefutable fertility.

Huahine is exceptionally green—perhaps with envy, since fewer travelers frequent her sandy shores and lush hillsides than her favored counterparts, Moorea and Bora Bora. For this reason, though, Huahine has retained the alluring essence and authenticity of early Polynesia. The locals pride themselves on preserving what they genuinely believe is the most picturesque island in Tahiti; and our clients who visit often find that Huahine becomes their favorite island, returning again and again to find the same landscape still unchanged over time.

The Legend

This natural abundance blends seamlessly with a wealth of ancient history and mythical intrigue. Once the home of Tahitian royalty, Huahine is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. The island maintains the largest concentration of ancient marae (temples) in French Polynesia, some of which are believed to date back to the original ancestors of the Tahitians—the Lapita people—around 700 AD.

Archaeology enthusiast or not, book a tour with Paul Atallah from Island Eco Tours and enjoy an educational and insightful discovery of Polynesia's past. Just outside Maeve Village you will find the largest stone temple with hundreds of excavated structures and many more still uncovered. In the nearby Lake Fauna Nui, visit the ancient stone fish traps considered so sacred that only descendants of the Tahitian royal family can remove them. Lastly, climb Matairea Hill and encounter remnants of countless religious and ceremonial monuments. You can also watch a feeding of the sacred blue-eyed eels in a freshwater lake near the town of Faie.

Recreation

Generally speaking, the natives appreciate a quiet lifestyle; but Huahine is still a very active island. The main town of Fare springs to life on Sunday mornings when the outdoor market brings truckloads of fruit and produce to the waterfront. Every year in October, the Hawaiki Nui Va'a, the largest outrigger canoe race in the South Pacific, starts from the island of Huahine. On that special day, the air is filled with excitement and intense electricity.

Popular water activities in Huahine include Marc`s Motu Picnic, Jet Skiing, 4x4 Tours, sailing and sport fishing. The island also has some of the best surf in the South Pacific, particularly at Ava Mo'a Pass near the reef in Fare.

Feeling creative? Journey through the expressive side of Huahine life and discover the fine artistry of Melanie Shook Dupre. Inspired by the surrounding lush Polynesian landscapes and lifestyles for over 39 years, Melanie gracefully captivates island life through her paintings and portraits. A true visual charm, "Galerie 'Umatatea", located in Maeva, Huahine is a must see. 

Accommodation

There are three distinctively unique hotels on Huahine. The first is the simple Royal Huahine Resort, located on the western side with overwater bungalows facing Raiatea and Taha'a on the horizon. Accessible only by ferry from Fare, it has a remote offshore feel although still part of the main island. The second is the lakeside Maitai Lapita Village. This charming resort was built around a carefully preserved ancient village and has its own dedicated museum in the hotel lobby. The third is the beachfront Relais Mahana, located on the southern tip of Huahine Iti in a protected inlet.  Known for its outstanding chef, this lovely liitle resort is a popular stop for sailors navigating French Polynesia. All three are charming options; but if you seek a non-resort experience, there are also a few small establishments known as pensions scattered around the island.

Final Impression

Mystical, captivating and alluring, Huahine is admittedly one of our favorite islands in French Polynesia. It's usually a popular choice among repeat visitors who have already seen Moorea or Bora Bora and now seek a new experience. Regardless, first timers will love the welcoming hospitality of the locals and the absolute serenity of the island's natural surroundings.

Hotels

Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

The lakeside Maitai Lapita Village is a charming resort built around a carefully preserved archaeological site on the western shore of Huahine. Located walking distance away from the main village of Fare, this hotel combines convenience with lush scenery...

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Hotel Le Mahana Huahine

Hotel Le Mahana Huahine

Hotel Le Mahana Huahine is located in the heart of Avea Bay on the west coast of Huahine Iti and just a short distance from the village of Parea. Although farther from the airport than the other hotels on the island, it has a great location with its own...

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Royal Huahine

Royal Huahine

The secluded Royal Huahine is located on the western coast of Huahine, facing the neighboring islands of Raiatea and Taha'a on the horizon. Accessible only by boat from Fare, it has a remote offshore feel although still part of the main island. This...

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Packages

Huahine Hideaway

Huahine Hideaway

Featuring Relais Mahana

from $2,550 pp
Huahine Adventure

Huahine Adventure

Featuring the Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

from $2,625 pp
Huahine Family Escape

Huahine Family Escape

Featuring the Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

from $3,425 pp
Three Island Discovery

Three Island Discovery

Featuring Moorea, Huahine and Bora Bora

from $4,495 pp
Polynesian Surf and Turf

Polynesian Surf and Turf

Featuring a Private Yacht Charter Cruise, with stays in Bora Bora and Huahine

from $6,200 pp
Tahitian Affair, by Island Escape

Tahitian Affair, by Island Escape

Luxury Small-Ship Society Islands Cruise

from $6,650 pp
Leeward Island Explorer

Leeward Island Explorer

Featuring 6-night Yacht Charter and Four Seasons Bora Bora

from $8,200 pp

Activities

Huahine Natural Aquarium Excursion

Huahine Natural Aquarium Excursion

View a variety of marine life in the shallow lagoon waters. After a brief safety demonstration, you will be able to view these animals from an observation platform or you may choose to descend underwater for a close-up encounter with these friendly lagoon...

from $47 pp
4x4 Island Tour

4x4 Island Tour

Explore the island of Huahine on this 4x4 island tour. Start by visiting Fare, the main town of Huahine, followed by a visit to the village of Maeva where you'll tour the ancient Marae (archaeological sites). You'll then continue on and visit...

from $61 pp
4x4 Island Discovery, Island Eco Tours

4x4 Island Discovery, Island Eco Tours

Depart on an adventurous 4x4 excursion with a knowledgeable representative from Island Eco Tours. You will explore and uncover the geology and history of Huahine. This excursion includes a visit the royal village of Maeva, one of the most important archeological...

from $62 pp
Marc`s Motu Picnic, Huahine

Marc`s Motu Picnic, Huahine

Journey aboard an outrigger canoe and explore the lush island of Huahine Iti and its lush surroundings. You will visit the island`s only black pearl farm, snorkel through vibrant coral gardens and enjoy a thrilling shark feeding excursion. You will also...

from $98 pp
Jet Ski Tour of Huahine

Jet Ski Tour of Huahine

Enjoy a thrilling Jet Ski ride across Huahine`s blue lagoon. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will cruise the shallow waters and snorkel at various stops around the island, encountering stingrays and perhaps even a few reef sharks. This tour includes...

from $118 pp
Huahine Land and Sea Tour Combo

Huahine Land and Sea Tour Combo

Start with a visit to the main village in Huahine, Fare. From there, you will tour the ancient Marae (archeological sites) followed by a visit to a vanilla plantation. Next, feed the sacred blue-eyed eels of Faie Village and then embark in an outrigger...

from $155 pp
Private Sport Fishing

Private Sport Fishing

Practice your fishing techniques whether you`re an expert or just a beginner. You will be accompanied by a passionate fisherman whose only mission is to make sure you come back with fish. Fishing equipment, sandwhiches and refreshments (beer, juice, water)...

from $240 pp
Private Picnic for Two

Private Picnic for Two

Enjoy a private picnic for two on the romantic island of Huahine. On this intimate excursion you'll have the opportunity to visit a pearl farm, chances to go snorkeling in coral gardens, and enjoy a private picnic on the water featuring the island's...

from $450 pp

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