Sacred Sites & Legendary Places Tour

Sacred Sites & Legendary Places Tour

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      Huahine, French Polynesia
      2.5 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 63
      • Royal Village of Maeva: Explore one of the most important archeological areas in Oceania, with many sites along the lakeshore. This was the seat of royal power, where all the district chiefs lived side by side.
      • Mata'ire'a Hill: Inspect the more than 200 stone structures that lie just yards from each other and have survived the weathering of centuries. The sacred hill is home to a marae (open temple), agricultural terraces, fortification remnants, and more.
      • Marae Manunu and Faie: At this very sacred open temple, you can visit the tomb of Raiti, the last of the great priests to lead ceremonies at the Royal Village of Maeva. Faie is a small, quaint village, home to something unexpected – sacred blue-eyed eels that you can feed by hand.
      • Maison de la Vanille: Enjoy the wonderful scent in the air at this vanilla plantation as you learn about the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of vine orchids that produce vanilla pods.

      Meeting point

      We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Hotel Royal Huahine base, receptions of Maitai, Fare Maeva, Tupuna, Relais Mahana. Please confirm your location at checkout.

      Helpful hints

      The vanilla plantation offers some local products for purchase. Bring a back pack for all of your great buys.

      Getting around

      Expect a moderate amount walking at each of the sites, over unpaved and uneven surfaces. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be a challenge for you to enjoy while maintaining the pace of the group.

      Activity type

      Scenic, Walking Tour, Cultural

      Transportation used

      4X4 Ford Ranger

      Included amenities

      Anthropologist Guide
      Water

      Tour ID

      TR-ANZ-PYF-HUAH-EN-1001

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for travelers 3 years of age and older.

      Some of the open-air temples (marae) found on Huahine date back to about 700 A.D., and are believed to belong to the original ancestors of the Tahitians: the Lapita. For that reason, Huahine is considered the cradle of Polynesian culture. And according to legend, it all started with a beautiful woman.

      Her name was Hotuhiva, she was a princess born on Hawaiki (now Raiatea), and she was radiant and carefree. One day, her father announced that he had promised her in marriage to a powerful chief. But Hotuhiva didn't love this chief, so she escaped to the ocean, floating away in a tribal drum. Carried by the god of the sea, she reached the shores of Huahine, safe but very tired. Fearing that her father's warriors would come after her, she refused to divulge her identity.

      For her refusal, she was forced to dance during a celebration to the god Tane, the god of love and guardian of the eternal paradise. She danced so seductively that the people were bewitched; Tane himself fell in love with her, descending to earth in the form of a sacred bird.

      The god fathered eight sons with Hotuhiva. The island of Huahine was divided into eight mini-kingdoms for them – districts that still exist today. And Huahine's first royal dynasty was born.

      Marae Manunu is built on the site where Hotuhiva landed, manunu being the term for very tired.

      King fish

      All the royal families of Huahine lived in Maeva. To feed them, fish traps were built in Lake Fauna Nui. The V-shaped structures were made of stone, with the V-end facing the lake's passage to the ocean. When the tide ebbed and the fish were pulled toward the sea, they'd become trapped among the stones, and easily netted or speared. Some of the traps are still used today; they're considered sacred, and can only be removed by a descendant of Tahitian royalty.

      Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.

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      Huahine, French Polynesia
      Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear light clothing
      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear Hat

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