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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Pearl Farm, Maeva Marae & Vanilla Garden
3.5 hours | Huahine | HUH-230
This fun, half-day tour around the "Garden Island" starts when you meet your friendly guide before boarding your 4WD vehicle. Crossing the bridge that connects the two halves of Huahine, you'll stop at the stunning Belvedere Lookout to enjoy magnificent views of beautiful Maroe Bay. Continue on to Maeva Marae, to view the amazing ancient open-air stone temples that are considered sacred, religious artifacts. Take pictures of the 400-year-old Polynesian stone fish traps that are still very much in use today. Head to a local vanilla garden before enjoying a brief stop at a local stream to feed the blue-eyed, freshwater eels. Board a small cruiser for a short visit to a pearl farm to view the pearls in their shells. Buy some of the farm's products before enjoying a photo-stop at a tropical beach en route to your ship in Maroe Bay.
Your spectacular half-day excursion starts with a friendly introduction from your expert anthropologist and archeologist guide. Depart from Maroe Village crossing the bridge to Huahine Nui, or "big island." Drive through the capital town of Fare, past exotic fruit plantations, to Maeva Village for an educational walk. Home to the densest concentration of archaeological sites in Polynesia, the island's Royal families settled here. View the unique Marae, the island's prehistoric stone temples. Head to Mata'irea Hill to view more than 200 stone structures, including agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms. Drive to the fascinating Fare Potee Museum, where your guide will explain the origins of the ancient chief's house, and learn more about the region's wildlife and the arrival of the European explorers. Browse the gift shop before viewing the island's giant blue-eyed eels, and enjoying a photo stop at the stunning Belvedere Lookout.
One of the most picturesque islands in all of French Polynesia, Huahine is also known as the "Garden Island," and you'll quickly learn why on this laid-back excursion. Your first photo opportunity of the day will be at the island's open air temples. Called Maraes, they are made of stone and considered sacred. Here, your guide will point out the magnificent 400-year-old Polynesian stone fish traps, which are still in use today. Head to a vanilla store and drying area where you can see a sample of vanilla plants and buy vanilla products. Your guide will then take you to a nearby stream where you will be able to view the blue-eyed, freshwater eels that live here. End the tour at the Belvedere Lookout, for panoramic views of the island, Maroe Bay, and the lagoon, before heading back to your ship.
Begin a day of discovery, on land and water, taking in the island's most special natural and historical sights. Your off-road vehicle allows exploration not possible on a typical tour bus, giving you a true picture of Huahine's beauty. Your route takes you across the bridge to Huahine Nui (big Huahine) and up the island's steepest road for panoramic views over Maroe Bay. Stop to feed the sacred, giant-blue-eyed eels that live in the stream running through the village of Faie and marvel at Maeva, the most extensive archaeological site in the Pacific. Climb into a Polynesian outrigger canoe to visit Huahine Pearl Farm and Pottery, where you can purchase exquisite pearls and unique blue pottery made with a glaze found at the bottom of a lagoon. Then canoe to a coral inlet for spectacular snorkeling (wear a swimsuit under your clothes) suitable for all levels. Return on a scenic drive.