Huahine “The Garden Island”
Huahine is truly an undiscovered paradise among the Society Islands. The island itself is actually 2 islands known as Huahine Nui & Huahine Iti (Big and Little Huahine) It is located 110 miles northwest of Tahiti and is 28 square miles in size. A bridge connects the 2 islands and can be easily explored in a day or two or more. Huahine sits just opposite Raiatea and Taha’a from Bora Bora, and is larger, greener, more pristine, more culturally rich and pure than most of the Leeward Islands. It boasts the most archeological & sacred sites and the nicest people anywhere in French Polynesia.
Any place on Huahine is pure paradise. There is a lookout where you can see across the center of the island and its interior lagoons, then Northwest of Huahine Iti lies a brackish lake known as Lac Fauna Nui (Lac Maeva ). This lake is all that remains of the ancient atoll lagoon. All around the island there beautiful gardens, farms, and lagoon after lagoon. Ancient Fish Farms and Ancient Marea can be found all along your drive around the island and with only 1 major resort on the whole island, you will feel you are a resident. There are several good pensions on both islands of Huahine.
The main town is called Fare which maintains the flavor of old Polynesia with its outdoor markets and music along the waterfront with its amazing views of the green coast line. Nearby the historical town of Maeva is a former royal village and is home for many fascinating archeological objects and temples. Around the island you will see vanilla, coffee and taro plants growing. With its abundance of white sand beaches and unspoiled coast line and its proximity to its cousins Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora, there is still an absence of tourists, making this island so relaxing and stress free that many people choose this to be their favorite island of all. Huahine is sure to cast its magical spell on anyone who visits.
Huahine Hotels & Resorts
Huahine Island Activities
Huahine offers several very good dive sites and has a handful of very good dive operators. Some of the best locations are just off shore of Fare and Parea off of Huahine Iti. Mahana Dive Center, Pacific Blue Adventure, and Manutea Voile & Plongee Huahine are among the most popular. First time divers welcome.
Huahine has a reputation as being one of the best surfing spots in Tahiti. Waves and swell here are consistent and large. Best spots for surfing are generally on the passes between lagoon and open ocean, and known spots are Baie d’Avea, Fiiti, and Fare. More advanced locations near Parea. Ask our specialists about traveling with surfboards to the islands.
This island offers some excellent horseback riding opportunities as this island is better suited for equestrians than any other in the Society Islands. With an abundance of riding trails, lonely stretches of beach and lush tropical forests the island is prime for those that want to experience it’s nature on horse back. There are a few stables to choose from. The one nearest the town of Fare is called Le Petite Ferme (The little Farm)
Take an island tour by motorized canoe, visit a pearl farm, snorkel or swim, then enjoy a picnic lunch on an offshore islet (motu). For Lagoon Excursions and Motu Picnics we recommend Huahine Nautique in Fare
4 x 4 Excursions
There are a few companies offering off-road tours of this island doublet. These excursions are usually run by locals who will educate you about many things along the way. They tend to entertain as well as educate and are well worth the ticket to see parts of the island most never see.
Eco and Cultural & Botanical Touring are best on foot. The island offers many established trails and opportunities including guided hikes that include ancient archeological sites. One of the best is Eden Parc Botanical Garden on the larger island Huahine Nui. There is a trail head there that leads to a 2-3 hour hike with fabulous views of Huahine’s bays Fiiti, Bourayne, and Maroe.
Deep Sea Fishing
Some of the finest deep sea and light tackle sport fishing can be found in these waters around Huahine. With such a clean environment and fresh water runoff the ocean here is teaming with marine life. Record size bill fish, wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna and much more are caught here. Sport Fishing Ruau II, Te Manu Ata, and Luna Sea are among some of the available fishing charter services on Huahine and neighboring islands of Raiatea and Taha’a.
Huahine Dining & Nightlife
Dining Choices are limited on this island, but a few properties do cater to their own quests with a good selection of local produce and fresh caught fish. Island entertainment is generally scheduled for select nights at each hotel.
This restaurant is located on Huahine Iti and is a full service restaurant known for its fresh fish and cocktails. Not to mention the amazing view and cultural atmosphere. Sitting on the grounds of Pension Mauarii and on a public beach access, this restaurant offers unforgettable Polynesian specialty dishes & fine dining in a casual atmosphere and bar. Credit Cards Accepted.
This is another restaurant that is part of a small hotel on Huahine Iti. It is also open to the public and has an amazing beach to stroll along after you have eaten or take a swim.
Located on the wharf in Fare, this is a great local haunt to have a cold drink and snack while watching the local life along the waterfront. A popular spot for evening drinks. Credit Cards Accepted
This restaurant and snack bar is located on the beach in Fare and has draft beer specials, cocktails, French Tahitian and Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices. Credit Cards Accepted