Considered to be the cradle of ancient Polynesian culture, Huahine is home to many of Polynesia 's most important archaeological sites. Fascinating artifacts can be found here, at Maeva, a former royal village, with its restored marae (sacrificial temples). In a nearby sacred lake, 300-year-old stone fishing traps, still in use today, can only be removed by descendants of the Tahitian royal family.
Fare, the main town, is a sleepy port which springs to life for the arrival of inter-island ferries. Then truckloads of copra, pigs, taro, bananas, and melons are brought to the quay for market day. Local people mingle with arriving passengers, all enjoying the bustling activity along the waterfront.
With some of the most hospitable people in the Pacific, Huahine is a tranquil paradise which retains the best of old Polynesia.