Society Islands

Huahine

The delightful island of Huahine lies 110 miles nortwest of Tahiti, in the Leeward Archipelago, and it is one of the the least explored of the Society islands: a happy and peaceful place where the traditional lifestyle of the polynesians goes on like it did hundreds of years ago, or as the locals may put it, "one of the best kept secrets in Polynesia".

Considered (alongside Raiatea) as the cradle of antique polynesian culture, Huahine is home to many of the most important archeological sites around.

The island itself is divided in Huahine Nui (Big Huahine); where Fare, the capital, is located; and Huahine Iti (Little Huahine). Both parts get together in a narrow isthmus and are surrounded protectively by a coral necklace.

Fare is the place to be, to watch the incoming ships from Tahiti, loaded with all kinds of goods, and it's in Fare's local market where people trade their pigs, fish, crafts and fruits the like of melons, bananas and vanilla pods.

The other important village is Maeva, the ancient royal town where the visitor will be able to know sacrificial temples and lakes with fishtraps that have been working for over three hundred years.

Even if the island is difficult to explore, because it is more intrincated than other islands, and its roadways are more complicated, its accidental rough landscape gives enough relief to the eye to feed the mystical experience that the three hours needed to cover the path around the island require.

With people among the most hospitable in the Pacific, Huahine is a calm paradise containing the best from ancient Polynesia.

Diving

Huahine remains one of the least developed islands in terms os mass tourism, rich in authenticity and culture. It delights as many divers with its underwater marvels as non-divers who never grow weary of discovering the island's wonders. Spellbound by its ...

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Huahine

The delightful island of Huahine lies 110 miles nortwest of Tahiti, in the Leeward Archipelago, and it is one of the the least explored of the Society islands: a happy and peaceful place where the traditional lifestyle of the polynesians goes on like it did hundreds of years ago, or as the locals may put it, "one of the best kept secrets in Polynesia".

Considered (alongside Raiatea) as the cradle of antique polynesian culture, Huahine is home to many of the most important archeological sites around.

The island itself is divided in Huahine Nui (Big Huahine); where Fare, the capital, is located; and Huahine Iti (Little Huahine). Both parts get together in a narrow isthmus and are surrounded protectively by a coral necklace.

Fare is the place to be, to watch the incoming ships from Tahiti, loaded with all kinds of goods, and it's in Fare's local market where people trade their pigs, fish, crafts and fruits the like of melons, bananas and vanilla pods.

The other important village is Maeva, the ancient royal town where the visitor will be able to know sacrificial temples and lakes with fishtraps that have been working for over three hundred years.

Even if the island is difficult to explore, because it is more intrincated than other islands, and its roadways are more complicated, its accidental rough landscape gives enough relief to the eye to feed the mystical experience that the three hours needed to cover the path around the island require.

With people among the most hospitable in the Pacific, Huahine is a calm paradise containing the best from ancient Polynesia.

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Activities in Huahine

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Diving on Huahine

Huahine remains one of the least developed islands in terms os mass tourism, rich in authenticity and culture. It delights as many divers with its underwater marvels as non-divers who never grow weary of discovering the island's wonders. Spellbound by its colors and the friendliness of its people, Huahine never leaves its visitors indifferent. The underwater world is really savage and immaculate. A true paradise such as the ones which can only be seen in the most beautiful of dreams.


DIVING SPOTS

Avapeihi Pass:
The "must go" diving excursion in the island, and probably one of the musts in Polynesia too. Schools of tunas, barracudas, napoleon fish and many, many more.

Fa'a Miti:
Visitor will find themselves swimming among very beautiful coral heads, surrounded by sandy trails where fish are tame and follow them through the dive. Black tip, white tip and lemon sharks.

The Yellow Valley:
A wild dive in the westernmost point of the island where an immense variety of species may be found. Turtles, sharks, barracudas.

The Aquarium:
One of the most recommended spots for beginners and baptism dives in the island, it takes place in the lagoon near the village of Fare. Good for all levels.

Parea Drops:
Departure from marvelous coral formations filled with different clams and a mixing pass-lagoon environment. Trails of anemones and clown fish.

Parea Pass:
Perfect spot on clear days, it works well with a north swell or calm conditions. Narrow coral canyons ending in a set of perpendicular trenches. Barracudas, turtles, napoleon fish, etc.

The Coral City - The Roses:
Great coral roses lie in the bottom way below (60 meters deep). The outer limits of the coral roses garden can't be seen, yet it leads to a coral city full of tropical fish. Certification needed for the first part, the second one is apt for beginners.

Fare Pass:
The relief is varied. The carpet of coral heads on the reef is magnificent. Plenty of moray eels and small coral garden fish. Sweet currents lead the way to shoals of napoleons and eagle rays.

Diving clubs

Mahana Dive

A small center, but with all the hi-tech up to date equipment that makes it a top one. It's located in Le Mahana hotel, and very near the diving sites in the Avea and Parea areas. It also has an office in downtown Fare for customers' comfort. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://mahanadive.com

Pacific Blue Adventure

It was the first diving center in the island of Huahine , established in 1990. It organizes two dives a day and is well close to most of the hotels, airport, shops and restaurants. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.divehuahine.com

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