Top attractions on Huahine
Huahine offers a choice of must-see attractions for couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway, including:
Snack on French-influenced patisseries and dine in charming French-style restaurants in Huahine’s largest town, an attractive tree-lined waterfront village that is a delight to stroll around. Watch locals playing petanque on the foreshore, stroll along the pretty beach or glide out into the harbour aboard an outrigger canoe for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Inland, explore the surrounding forests on foot or on horseback – Le Petit Ferme, one of Tahiti’s premier riding stables, offers a range of horseback rides to suit all abilities.
Discover more than 200 stone marae (stone temples) located between the beach and Matairea Hill at this once-sacred hilltop ruin overlooking Lake Fauna Nui Pass. Then learn more about ancient Polynesian culture at the museum, which showcases ancient tools, woven cloth and historical pictures.
Admire the impressive Manunu Marae, which stands on the beach to the east end of Maeva, and from the nearby bridge see several ancient stone fish traps.
Restored, they work as well today as they did in the 16th century at trapping fish as the tide ebbs and flows in and out of the narrow passage separating the lake from the sea. Manunu is accessibly by walking the 2.5km-long Matairea-rahi hillside trail that’s strewn with archaeological sites.
Admire this ancient marae, which functioned as a temple long before Europeans set foot on the island. Anini Marae is located on the southern tip of Huahine Iti near Avea Beach and close to the town of Parea.
Hawaiki Nui Va'a Canoe Race
Watch more than 100 traditional canoes compete in the world's largest and longest international open-ocean canoe race, a gruelling 123km between Huahine and Bora-Bora. Held annually in October, this three-day spectacle is not to be missed. Both the start and finish are celebrated with an elaborate festival of food, music and dance.