Experience Huahines history, traditons and archaelogical sites on this in-depth "walk-about" tour.
You will leave the pier aboard the open-air "Le Truck" and make your way to Maeva Village, home to the densest concentration of archaeological sites in Polynesia. At one time, this was the traditional home to all of the island's chiefs and their families. Marae, or prehistoric temples abound here and stand as a testimony to the uniqueness and importance of the area.
Just above the coastal flat of Maeva is Mata’irea Hill, home to over 200 stone structures, including marae, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms. Your guided walk of the area gives you a first-hand look at these sites and will allow you to see into the past. During your visit, your guide will cover various diverse subjects; including Polynesian origins and migrations, traditional Polynesian society, plants and animals, religion and warfare, the arrival of European explorers, missionaries, soldiers and whalers.
Re-boarding "Le Truck", you will next see the stone fish traps of Maeva’s Lake Fauna Nui, which are still in use by the villagers after many hundreds of years. Your return route to the pier will take you through the village of Faie for a visit with the giant blue-eyed eels, and then up the mountain to the Belvedere Lookout where you will have a wonderful photo opportunity of the beautiful Bay of Maroe.
Please note: There is approximately 90-minutes of strenuous walking on this tour that includes some walking both uphill and downhill and uneven and natural surfaces. Le Truck is a casual, open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus. Due to road conditions in some areas of the island, you should be prepared for a bumpy ride during parts of the tour. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Lightweight clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen; insectant repellent; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
The itinerary and order of the stops may change and the duration of the stops can vary based upon group size and interest.