On June 8th, we left Moorea to go to Huahine.
Huahine is part of the Leeward islands in the Society archipelago. Its nickname is ‘the Genuine’ but also ‘the island of women’ because it had always been ruled by queens. Huahine means ‘woman sex’. There are around 6000 inhabitants and its surface area is 74 km².
In ancient times, Huahine was called Matairea (‘little wind’) or Hermosa. Its current name comes from hua huatearu, or ‘broken coral’ and is related to the legend of Hiro, this god who cut the island in half with his canoe.
Two volcanic masses, Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti are connected by a road bridge of around one hundred meters. Mount Turi (669m) dominates the big Huahine.
At the airport, people from our guest house, Ariitere guest house, were waiting for us. On our way, they showed us Fare’s city center, Fare is the biggest town on the island. It is pretty small but there is a post office, banks and a supermarket. In the morning, it is lively because people come to sell their products on stalls.
In our guest house, we have a double kayak and bikes a tour disposal. We can also rent a car for 5000 XPF a day (41,90€), less expensive than the scooter we rented in Moorea… So we will take advantage of it!
When we arrived, we settled, and Jérémy went to do some snorkelling during which he was able to see two blacktip reef sharks and a bunch of fishes but he did not have the camera.
On June 9th, we went to the city center to see its liveliness. Well, lively is a strong word, it is just in opposition to the afternoon during which it is actually completely dead.
We saw the mountains which represent the profile of a pregnant woman lying with her knees raised.
On June 10th, we rented a car a tour guest house to go all around the island. The guest house had a booklet very well explained and indicating everything there is to see.
Step one: Marae de Maeva. We will write an article dedicated to the maraes, otherwise it would be too long.
Step two: Sofitel’s beach (hotel now closed) and its coral garden (not that impressive).
Step three: In Faie village, the eels bridge. In the river, there are blue-eyed eels which are sacred. The village children feed them on a daily baisis. It is very impressive, they are quite large and can measure up to 2 meters. You can buy a box of mackerel and feed them to make them come closer.
Step four: The lookout, with a view over Maroe bay, Maroe village and the bridge.
Step five : Lunch break at Tara’s in Parea, then Tefarerii’s look-out.
After that, we did not do much besides going to the Motu Trésor so Jérémy could have the pearls he bought in Tahiti made assembled on a necklace Nice surprise, because Fred the owner displays his own shells collection. He is really passionate about it and you can feel it. We learnt a lot about shells but also about the Tahiti pearls manufacturing process. If you are in Huahine, go see him, he will be glad to have you (if you do not speak french, maybe take someone who does with you).
Jérémy also went snorkelling again, but sadly no sharks this time!
On June 13th, departure to Raiatea.