Huahine, French Polynesia
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 01 May 2022

Huahine, French Polynesia, 5/1/2022, National Geographic Orion

  • Aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • French Polynesia & Pacific Islands

Ia Orana all, which means “greetings” in French Polynesia!

The beauty of Te Hiti, a Polynesian queen, was before us as we sailed to the island of Huahine at sunrise. Te Hiti is the island goddess portrayed in Moana, the animated Disney movie.

We spent the whole day in Huahine. During the first part of the morning, we snorkeled off the snorkel platform. We admired numerous varieties of fish and corals. The current was somewhat challenging, but guests enjoyed the opportunity to bask in the turquoise lagoon.

For the second part of the day, guests loaded into open-air trucks called “Le Trucks.” Very knowledgeable local guides gave our guests an overview of Huahine, including the island’s history, culture, traditions, and important sites.

We visited the Fare Potee Museum in the village of Maeva, which included an interpretation of the significance of Marae (sacred grounds). We went on a small hike to an upper mountain range, where we visited a mountainside Marae. Finally, we stopped to observe the blue-eyed eels of Huahine.

As they took in the views and landscapes offered on the tour, guests were amazed by the island’s peaceful and quiet environment.


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