Shore Excursion Details

Sacred Sites & Cultural Walk

Huahine, French Polynesia

Sacred Sites & Cultural Walk


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    hrs Estimate Duration

This guided drive and walkabout provides an in-depth look at Huahine’s history, traditions and archaeological sites. Boarding an open-air “Le Truck” windowless bus at the pier, you’ll head for Maeva, one of the richest archaeological sites in all of Polynesia. At one time, this village was home to the island’s chiefs and their families, and the many ancient stone marae – open-air religious and social buildings – found here testify to the importance of this area to tribal life over the centuries. Up from coastal Maeva is Mata’irea Hill, where an even denser concentration of stone structures once stood, including marae, agricultural terraces, houses, fortified walls and burial platforms. Your guide will lead you on a first-hand walk through these sites, providing background on traditional Polynesian societal structure, important plants and animals, how religion and warfare worked, and the impact of European arrival. Back on board Le Truck, you’ll explore the island of Huahine Nui further, visiting 400-year-old stone fish traps still in active use at Lake Fauna Nui and the famous giant blue-eyed eels of Faie village. A steep drive up to Belvedere Lookout caps things off with sensational views of the island and Maroe Bay.

Need to Know:

This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of strenuous walking, some of it uphill and downhill and over uneven and natural surfaces. Le Truck is a casual, open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus, with bench style seats, some without backrest. Be ready for a bumpy ride during parts of the tour due to road conditions in certain island areas. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. The order of stops may change.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks
Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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