In her 25 years living on Huahine, Dorothy Levy has heard all the
stories about the island turning into the next Bora Bora.
“A lot of it is just blah, blah, blah,” said Levy, who runs a
food stand in the airport. “They always talk about more people, but
the bus never pulls up.”
Thanks to its ability to resist the onslaught of tourism,
Huahine retains more of the traditional Polynesian culture and
atmosphere than its well-traveled Society Island counterparts of
Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.
In its efforts to market the individual islands, Tahiti Tourisme
has dubbed Huahine the “Garden of Eden.” It certainly earns the
title. It’s a paradise of towering peaks, clear lagoons and lush
Getting around the island is easy the government just finished
paving the road that loops around the coast. Several villages dot
the road; the fish traps used by generations to feed their families
are visible in the lagoons.
On a recent sponsored trip, we spent one morning riding horses
on a deserted beach, north of the main town of Fare, guided by Le
Petite Ferme, a family operation that has been offering excursions
on the island for 20 years.
Afternoons were spent lounging in the quiet coves, hiking into
the hills or wandering the quiet main drag of Fare. As the sun set,
canoe teams practiced offshore digging hard, out for a
At night, Huahine shuts down. There are few restaurants outside
the budget pensions scattered around the island. Travelers
accustomed to the five-star restaurants in Tahiti may be
disappointed, but that’s Huahine. It’s the place for clients who
want to get away from the fancy resorts and play in their own
Garden of Eden.
Le Petite Ferme, www.la-petiteferme.com.
The Te Tiare Beach Resort is located in a remote cove
accessible only by boat. It includes 16 over-water bungalows.
888-600-8455; www.tetiarebeachresort.com. The Sofitel Heiva
Huahine, on the northwest side of the island, has 6 over-water
bungalows and 19 beachfront bungalows. 689-41-04-44;