Huahine, French Polynesia
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Your tour will depart the pier by off-road vehicle. You will cross the bridge to Huahine-nui (big Huahine) and drive around the majestic bay where the ship is anchored.
Then, ascend the island's steepest road for a spectacular panoramic view over Maroe Bay. This is your chance to take some beautiful photos.
Stop to feed the sacred giant blue-eyed eels that live in the stream running through the village of Faie.
A panoramic drive then takes you along Lake Fauna Nui to Maeva -- among the most extensive archaeological sites in the Pacific. Here, you will see stone temples and ancient fish-traps still in use today, after having been restored by archaeologists.
Take a short Polynesian outrigger canoe ride to visit the Huahine Pearl Farm & Pottery facility, where you will learn the secrets of the black pearl and see some rather interesting blue pottery. The latter is made with a glaze found at the bottom of the lagoon during pearl farming activities. The pottery and the pearls are available for purchase.
A snorkeling adventure in the company of Willy -- an expert in all things local -- takes you out onto the lagoon in another outrigger canoe. Your destination is Motu Tefarerii. This island sits in the blue lagoon, surrounded by tropical fish. Explore the underwater world; then, return to the ship with spectacular views of the island.
Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, reef-safe/biodegradable sunscreen and a hat. The snorkeling is suitable for all levels of snorkeling experience; beginners can start in shallow water standing and go as far out as is comfortable. Restrooms are available at the Pearl Farm marina and at Motu Tefarerii.