The enchanting island of Huahine offers lush forests, untamed landscape and quaint villages. It is one of Tahiti’s best-kept secrets – a place to enjoy a more traditional Polynesian way of life. A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands that comprise Huahine, with magnificent bays and white-sand beaches adding to the tropical experience. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, Huahine offers the slower, more tranquil pace of old Polynesia. While not a luxurious as Bora Bora or Tahaa, Huahine is a good spot if you want a more authentic Polynesian experience.
It is divided into Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti (big and small) and is surrounded by a wide, shallow, turquoise blue lagoon. There are circle roads on both portions of the island which are connected by a single bridge.
Huahine is a great place to rent a car for a day and explore on your own. Stop at the grocery store in Fare and grab a few items for a picnic, then head south down the island. This island features a Belvedere point with amazing views, gorgeous beaches that are perfect for a picnic, several maraes (remnants of temples that once stood with stone floors and wooden pyramids) and more! To drive the entire island is about 30 miles – but be sure to leave some time for stops to enjoy the amazing views!
4-Wheel Drive Safari Expedition (4 hours)
Your 4×4 driver will take you around the island and visit Maeva’s marae, Faie’s enormous blue-eyed eels and Maroe’s Belvedere for impressive views. You will also visit the only pearl farm on water and Huahine’s traditional fish parks. You will learn about the island’s culture and legends throughout the tour.
Polynesian Immersion by POE, with lunch and SUV Tour – (Full Day)
What could be better than traveling through Huahine in a comfortable, air-conditioned, luxury SUV? Set off from the main village of Fare and visit the historic and archaeological sites around the village of Maeva which still harbors archaeological relics. Next, head to Faie and its river full of blue-eyed eels before enjoying a lunch of local fish at Poe’s home, specially prepared by her.
Most of your dining on Huahine will be at your resort. There are a few small local restaurants and snack shops located in the village of Fare if you want to venture out for a bit of local flavor. You will find the Huahine Yacht Club and Chez Guynette, both of which are with walking distance of the Maitai Lapita Village Resort. There is also a grocery store when you can stock up on drinks and snacks for your room.