Silversea Luxury Cruises To HUAHINE

HUAHINE

Although it lies between Moorea and Bora Bora, Huahine (pronounced Hu-a-hee-nee or Wha-hee-nee) isn't on the tourist circuit just yet, but it should be. Its near-deserted roads and villages and wooded hills entwined with jungle vines beckon those looking for a little R&R.Huahine is two islands (Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti) joined by a bridge. What passes for action takes place in the main town of Fare (pronounced far-ay) on Huahine Nui, the northern and bigger island. View more

Away from this little port, life is slow-paced and you'll be lucky to find anyone stirring on a lazy afternoon in any of the villages of Huahine Iti. Most locals ride bicycles and agriculture's still the main industry—plantations grow vanilla and melons. There are various legends surrounding the island's name. Some say that hua> means "sex" and hine means "woman," while others say the name means "pregnant woman" due to a rock outline on Huahine Nui's Fitii Peninsula. Then there's the legend of Hiro, Polynesia's most famous god. It's said that Hiro rammed his canoe into the island, splitting it down the middle. Not far from the town of Maroe is a rock spire called Te Moa o Hiro or "penis of Hiro"—you can't miss it. It's easy to explore Huahine (75 square km [47 square mi]) by rental car, as there is really only one road, albeit with a few forks in it. When you cross the bridge into Huahine Iti you can go either left to Maroe or right to Parea. The road to Haapu leads off to a dead end. When crossing from Huahine Iti to Nui the same rule applies. Take the left fork to the "busy" town of Fare and the right fork to the "sacred eel" village of Faaie, via the Belvedere lookout. Hiring your own boat allows you to circle the island and anchor at the motu; a couple of self-catering villas provide both a car and a boat. There are only one or two restaurants on Huahine Iti; you either eat at your pension, choose a pension with cooking facilities, or drive up to Fare for a wider, though still rather limited, choice.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in HUAHINE

Cruise & Snorkel Adventure with Motu Picnic

After boarding you boat, begin your tour with a snorkeling stop in the unspoiled beautiful lagoon of Huahine. After enjoying the peaceful beauty of the lagoon, continue your tour to the pearl farm. An iconic product of Tahiti, spend time learning how pearls are cultivated. After this fascinating stop, continue on to snorkel among the Coral Gardens of Huahine. These stunning formations lie below the surface of Huahine's magnificent turquoise water. After this second snorkel, a buffet BBQ lunch will be served on a motu (a very small island). You will have some free time at the beach before returning to the ship.

Sacred Sites & Legendary Places

Discover Huahine's history, traditions & archaeological sites on this half-day sightseeing excursion.


Maeva Village

Depart the pier aboard "Le Truck", French Polynesia's famous local style bus, and begin your island discovery. Your first stop will be in the Maeva village. This village is considered to be one of French Polynesia's most important archaeological areas and is home to the largest pre-historic habitation site in Polynesia. During your walk through the village, explore the archaeological sites along the lake shore and the Fare Pote'e Museum. Learn about Polynesian origins, traditional society, religion, botany, history and artifacts.

Mata'ire'a Hill, Fare Pote'e Museum

Continue on to Mata'ire'a hill, just above the Village of Maeva and home to more than 200 stone structures, including marae, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms. Next, visit the Fare Pote'e Museum and see into the past as your guide covers various diverse subjects including Polynesian origins and migrations, traditional Polynesian society, plants and animals, religion and warfare, the arrival of European explorers, missionaries, soldiers and whalers.


Fish Traps of Maeva's Lake Fauna Nui

Stop to see and learn about the 500 year old fish traps that thanks to restoration work are used again today by the people of Maeva Village.


Faie Village, Giant Blue-Eyed Eels, Belvedere Lookout, Panoramic Views

Your return journey to the port, will take you through the village of Faie where your guide will feed the island's giant blue-eyed eels that swim in the stream, before enjoying a photo-stop at the Belvedere Lookout, for panoramic views of Huahine Iti and beautiful Maroe Bay.

Snorkel Safari

Discover Huahine from the ocean, its beautiful landscapes & gorgeous lagoon.

Board your boat and head towards Motu Vaiorea with views of both Huahine Iti (Small Huahine) and Huahine Nui. The boat will anchor near a white sand beach islet where you can enjoy some great snorkeling in the crystal clear lagoon, get acquainted with the tropical flora and fauna. Refreshments will be served. You will have enough time for snorkeling and swimming before returning to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.