Huahine, French Polynesia

19 January 2012

Huahine Island, also known as the "Garden Island" for its lush jungle-like foliage, stands out among the Society Islands. Flight Centre's Sandy Denize hails from France and has explored the magical islands throughout the Society group. She shares with us the top 5 must-do's when travelling to Huahine Island, French Polynesia.

 

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1. Relax and enjoy the peacefulness of Huahine.

Made up of two islands in French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands, its  just a 40 minute flight from Tahiti and offers beautiful white beaches with a less touristy feel than other Society Islands.

 

2. Visit the ancient maraes. 

Huahine has more than 200 Polynesian maraes  and  archaeological sites that can be explored on your own, or through an organised island circle tour.

 

3. Explore the botanical gardens.

Huahine has two of them that set the scene for a perfect relaxation spot, along with your book and a packed picnic lunch.

 

4. Walk the Hana Iti grounds.

Once an impressive five-star hotel that attracted movie stars and wealthy businessmen, the site was destroyed after being hit by a typhoon in the late 1990’s.

 

5. Take a boat trip to visit the pearl farm in the lagoon.

It’s the only one on the island and makes for an interesting few hours. Learn the process of cultivating and harvesting through to production of the magnificent pearls.

 

Looking for more information on Huahine Island or cheap flights to the South Pacific? Contact Flight Centre travel expert Sandy Denize or one of Flight Centre’s 135 stores nationwide on 0800 24 35 44.

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