Sacred Sites and Legendary Places - Private Tour

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What To Expect

Let your anthropologist guide take you around the island to discover the village of Marae, steeped with fascinating cultural and religious traditions. Visit plantations along the way and enjoy spectacular scenery from the Belvedere and Mahuti view points.

Specifications

Type:
Day Tours in Huahine
Departs From:
Huahine
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily except Sunday at 9:30 AM; 2:30 PM
Product Code:
9706
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Description

On this tour, you will learn all about Polynesian geology, botany, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, economy, history and traditions. An American anthropologist who has lived in Huahine for many years will be your driver and will share his knowledge and experience with you.

Begin at Huahine's Royal Village of Maeva, considered as one of the most important archaeological areas in all of Oceania. Traditionally Maeva was the seat of all Royal power on the island hence the interest for all remnants of old times. The numerous stone fish traps in Lake Fauna Nui helped to supply an abundance of food for these royal villagers.

The village is home to more than 200 stone structures, including a "marae" (ancient open air temple), agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms. These structures lie within yards of one another along the shore of Lake Fauna Nui and on the sacred and scenic Matairea Hill.

Also located in the village of Maeva, you will visit a vanilla plantation and learn how this plant cultivated and the beans prepared to become this treasure of flavor. Ever wondered why watermelons from Huahine are the tastiest? Pass by a watermelon plantation on the way to Marae Manunu to find out.

Stop on a beach oceanside before visiting Marae Manunu where the tomb of Raiti, the last great priest of the village of Maeva, can be found. Then, head on to Faie, home of the sacred blue eyes eels. Stop by the Belvedere View Point on the Bay of Maroe for spectacular scenery.

Finally, enjoy views of the magnificent lagoon of Huahine from Mahuti view point before continuing the discovery of the island botany through your guide.

Includes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Mineral water

  • Anthropologist driver guide

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Pick-up / Drop-Off List

Hotel Royal Huahine (formerly Hotel Te Tiare) base, receptions of Maitai, Fare Maeva, Tupuna, and Relais Mahana

Please note

  • This tour must be booked 7 to 14 days in advance.

  • Vehicles used have been built for this type of excursion; however, comfort depends on the roads used.

  • This excursion requires participants to be healthy and in good physical condition.

  • Program can be modified, postponed or canceled without prior notice.

  • It is recommended that you bring sun screen, sports shoes, hat and mosquito repellent.

  • Participants must be at least 2 years old.

  • Departure times vary depending on hotel location.

Cancellation Policy

  • This excursion in private services is non-refundable if cancelled 15 days or less prior to chosen tour date.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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