Maroe Bay, Huahine Iti, French Polynesia
Panoramic Island Drive
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Approximately 2 Hours
One of the most picturesque islands in all of French Polynesia, Huahine is also known as the Garden Island. You'll quickly learn why on this laid-back excursion which begins with a panoramic drive past tropical fruit plantations, lush forests, palm trees and stunning beaches.
Your first photo opportunity is at one of the island's fascinating open-air temples, called marae. They are made of stone and considered to be of both sacred and social importance. Near the marae, your guide will point out some 400-year-old Polynesian stone fish-traps, which are still in use today. Fish is widely eaten here, the most popular being mahi-mahi and tuna.
Afterwards, you will head to a vanilla store, where the air is heavy with the scent of sweet vanilla. Here, you will learn more about the climbing orchids that produce vanilla pods, and see them up close.
Your guide will then take you to a nearby stream where you will be able to view the enormous blue-eyed, freshwater eels that live here. They seem almost camera-ready as they rear their heads out of the water begging for food.
Your final stop is at the breathtaking Belvedere Lookout. Take in the panoramic views of the island, peaceful Maroe Bay, and the lagoon, before heading back to the ship.