Huahine is rich in natural ecology, uncrowded and has a host of activities perfect for families and couples. Swimming, snorkelling, hiking, long walks by the beach or lazing on a hammock by the lagoon – everything is a shade better here! The island is even called the ‘Garden of Eden’ thanks to its rich bounty of flora and fauna.
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This island is perfect for those couples who are looking for a quiet time in the lap of nature. Huahine’s gift to couples is that it’s undiscovered as of yet, away from the rushing crowds of tourists and has pristine white sand beaches. Plus, an overwater villa in such surroundings certainly does make it just that little bit more special!
Huahine boasts of some brilliant spots for snorkelling, diving and surfing. There are jetski tours of the island and the nearby atolls; and feeding the rare blue-eyed eels is an experience in itself.
If Bora Bora is too ‘touristy’ for romance and getting off the grid, then Huahine is definitely the right choice. Just a 40-minute flight from Tahiti’s Fa’a International Airport, this lush, verdant island is an undiscovered pearl in the chain of French Polynesia. Uncluttered, uncrowded – Huahine is a tropical paradise where forests and silvery-white beaches abound.
There are extinct volcanoes to hike up, forests to walk through, uncrowded white sand beaches to sunbathe on, warm, clear waters to snorkel in and some of the best surf breaks that surfers can hope for. Or, you can read a book under a swaying palm tree with no honking or any disturbances to the cool winds lulling you to sleep! To further the unhurried, peaceful pace of life on this island, there are no five-star resorts or glitzy hotels; just three-star beachfront resorts where closeness to nature is the real luxury. The Royal Huahine Resort has cosy overwater villas, while the Relais Mahana Huahine takes pride in delectable French cuisine.
Despite the easy pace of life and absolute serenity, there are a tonne of activities and experiences to be had. Huahine has an abundance of history, mythology and Nature to keep travellers riveted for days and even weeks. The island has the largest concentration of ancient stone temples or marae to be found in the entire French Polynesia – a tour will engage visitors with stories about the history of the Lapita tribes. A hike up the hill of Matairea will find travellers walking amongst the numerous religious monuments of the royal family. Also, a trip to the Fauna Nui lake’s ancient stone fish traps is not to be skipped – legend has it that only the royal lineage could touch it.
For something contemporary, breathtaking and exciting, Huahine offers magnificent diving and snorkelling. Our recommendation – the Avapeihi Pass off the Fare Beach has dense populations of colourful marine life. For surfers, the reef breaks at Parea and Fare are among the most consistent and challenging in the world.
Huahine is small, beautiful island in French Polynesia which carries the beauty of the Bora Bora of 50 years ago – where days are measured by experiences and not by hours. For a truly magical South Pacific getaway, fill in the enquiry form with your travel dates or just call our travel experts at 1300 991 751!