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Huahine

Listed under Islands in French Polynesia.

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The two islands which make up Huahine, Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti, are at low tide joined by a natural sand bridge several hundred yards long and surrounded by a coral reef - one island at low tide, two at high...

Huahine is more geographically and ecologically diverse than the other islands in the Society group due to its steep volcanic, cloud catching, mountains which collect rain and support tropical jungles and exotic plant life.

It is also known for an abundance of eels, thought of as sacred animals by the locals, and for its long sandy beaches.

As well as a relatively untouched natural setting, Huahine has a renowned archaeological site, the Maeva marae, at the foot of its tallest mountain, Mount Mouatapu. The marae are small temples built to honour Polynesian gods and about 30 are located here.

Huahine is less developed than most of its neighbours and provides a less touristy experience, however you can still hire the gear needed for most water sports, go cycling or ride a horse and visit the large botanical gardens.

Huahine Island: Undiscovered Paradise.

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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“Huahine”

This is one of my personal favourites among the Society Islands. When I was there it had only one hotel and we made a point of not staying in it. There was great snorkeling on the drop off 100 yards in front of where we stayed, lots of big fish coming… Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

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