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Huahine, Polynesia

One of Polynesia's best-kept secrets - Huahine, the "Wild Island" in the Society Islands - lies just over a hundred miles from Tahiti. The two islands of Huahine, Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti (Big Island and Little Island), are surrounded by a deep lagoon encircled by a coral necklace. Connected by a bridge, both islands boast white-sand beaches, vanilla plantations, friendly and easy-going islanders, and some of Polynesia's most significant cultural sites.

Note: Huahine is a tender port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.

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  • Polynesian Marae Polynesian Marae

    Huahine's open air temples are called 'Maraes.' Set in a rectangular clear patch of land, they are made of stone and wooden posts, and considered to be of religious and social importance.

  • Fare Potee Fare Potee

    Near the water's edge, the Fare Potee (chief's house) houses a small archaeological museum. The original Fare Potee was destroyed in the 1998 cyclone but rebuilt in 2001 using traditional materials.

  • 4WD Excursion 4WD Excursion

    A four-wheel drive safari is a fun way to enjoy both atolls of Huahine, as you pass by vanilla plantations, stone fish traps and religious temples, learning about the island's flora along the way.

  • Lagoon Excursion Lagoon Excursion

    Enjoy a lively pareo concert, and a unique "picnic in the water," after touring the stunning lagoon; tables are set up in the shallows of the lagoon for a traditional, Polynesian-style lunch.

  • Polynesian Fish Traps Polynesian Fish Traps

    Still in use today, the traditional way that French Polynesian islanders' fish, remains an impressive 400-year-old method, involving ancient stone fish traps that sit in shallow waters.

  • Blue-eyed Fare Eels Blue-eyed Fare Eels

    The enormous Huahine blue-eyed, freshwater eels thrive in the island's crystal clear stream waters, and are so 'tame' that they can be fed by adventurous tourists.

  • Pearl Farm Pearl Farm

    An enjoyable boat ride delivers you to one of the island's pearl farms, where you will learn how the islanders practice the grafting and culturing of pearls in Pacific oysters.

  • Cultural Experience Cultural Experience

    See Huahine through the eyes of the Polynesian people on a cultural immersion tour. Listen to their language, learn about time-honored traditions and customs.

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