Huahine, French 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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Points of Interest

  • Polynesian Marae
  • Fare Potee
  • 4WD Excursion
  • Lagoon Excursion
  • Polynesian Fish Traps
  • Blue-eyed Fare Eels
  • Pearl Farm
  • Cultural Experience
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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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Pearl Farm, Maeva Marae & Vanilla Garden

3.5 hours | Huahine | HUH-230
  • Polynesian Marae
  • 4WD Excursion
  • Pearl Farm

Discover the beauty of Huahine on a fun 4WD safari which takes you to a vanilla garden, and an open-air temple. Cruise to a local pearl farm where islanders culture pearls, before feeding the unique blue-eyed eels at Fare, and enjoying the panoramic views at the Belvedere Lookout.

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Island Drive

1.5 hours | Huahine | HUH-105
  • Polynesian Marae
  • Blue-eyed Fare Eels

Explore one of the prettiest South Sea islands on this relaxing scenic drive that includes a tour around an ancient Polynesian to learn about local vanilla production and visit an open-air temple before viewing the island's stone fish traps and unique blue-eyed, freshwater eels.

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Sacred Sites & Legendary Places

3.5 hours | Huahine | HUH-110
  • Polynesian Marae
  • Fare Potee
  • Blue-eyed Fare Eels

Explore the life, culture, history and traditions of French Polynesia past and present during this Walk-About Tour of Huahine's most sacred village and sites with a guide who is both a trained anthropologist and archeologist. Visit the ancient temples at Maeva, and the pre-historic Royal Village on Mata'irea Hill, before visiting the traditional Fare Potee Museum and Cultural Center. If you're looking to learn more about Polynesia, then this is the perfect tour for you.

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Huahine Land by 4x4 and Snorkeling tour

3.5 hours | Huahine | HUH-100
  • 4WD Excursion
  • Lagoon Excursion

Discover the beauty Huahine has to offer both on land and below the deep blue sea. Begin with an off-road vehicle tour of the island's splendor and historical highlights, then journey by outrigger canoe to a lagoon for spectacular snorkeling. Complete the day with a visit to a working black pearl farm.

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