Huahine, the island of temples
Just half an hour’s flight from Tahiti lies the pristine island of Huahine – known by many as the South Pacific’s best kept secret and known by locals as The Garden of Eden.
A deep, crystal clear lagoon surrounds the two islands while magnificent bays and white sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtues. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, it gives the traveler a taste of life in ancient Polynesia.
Only eight small villages scatter across the island, and the villagers take advantage of the rich and fertile volcanic soil to harvest vanilla, melons and bananas.
Find our Huahine in one of our itineraries.
1 - FEED THE WORLD FAMOUS SACRED BLUE EYED EELS
While in Huahine, don’t miss out on feeding the blue eyed eels. Many local children have these as pets although many also believe the eels to embody the souls of their ancestors and feed them. These dark brown eels with blue eyes have adapted to freshwater and can be found in various mountain streams and rivers. These eels are used to human contact and look forward to visits, knowing that when a visitor comes, they will get a feed.
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2 - HAWAIKI NUI VA’A CANOE RACE
The Hawaiki Nui Va’a is the world’s largest and longest international open ocean canoe race covering a grueling 77 miles. Dubbed as the “Super Bowl” of canoe racing, it begins in Huahine and spans across three days, finishing in Bora Bora. This competition is contested by both local and international teams and finishes off with a huge party in Bora Bora.
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3- EXPLORE THE LAGOON
The deep crystal clear lagoon that surrunds the two islands is perfect for marine exploration. Discover it in various ways – by boat, snorkeling or a fun day out on a jetski. Explore hidden coves, secluded white sand beaches and bays and marvel at the rich marine life that populate its waters.
4 - CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR
What better way to get your bearings than by engaging a local to take you on a circle island tour. It’s a great way to get your bearings and see sites complimented by local knowledge. Combine the overland tour with a boat and jetski tour and discover this piece of paradise from all angles!
5 - COMMUNE WITH THE ANCIENT GODS - ANCIENT TEMPLE TOUR
Not so far from the village of Maeva lies the archeological site containing the largest concentration of pre-European marae in Polynesia. Over 200 archeological stone structures have survived the elements which acted as homes for ancient royal families, priests and chiefs. Follow a trail that overlooks ancient fish traps and magnificent vistas of the ocean and learn about early human settlement from as early as AD 850.