Any stay on Huahine should involve a trip to Fare, the island’s principal town. Most activity takes place on or around the quayside where colorful market stalls are set up each morning. Most of the island’s produce is sold here in a joyful atmosphere, beneath trees decorated with garlands of freshly-caught fish waiting to be sold. Almost the entire island visits the quay every day. Fare is also the central point for most of the island’s diving centers. And in November, it is the starting point for the world-famous Hawaiki Nui Va’a outrigger canoe race.
To the left of the quay, directly opposite the sea, take a good look at Mount Tavaiura. You can see the outline of a pregnant woman lying down. It is said that the island of the goddess Te Fitiin Disney’s animated film Moana is actually Huahine. And it’s true, they do look exactly the same!
Take advantage of being in Fare to visit the island’s arts and crafts center. Situated opposite the town hall and built in the octagonal form of traditional houses, the center is home to Huahine’s talented craftsmen and women. You can buy pearls, mother-of-pearl jewelry, bead necklaces, tifaifai, as well as vanilla and monoï. Open every day, there is always a local craftsman or woman on hand to give advice and share their passion for traditional arts and crafts.
Another interesting visit, but reserved for adults, is to the Huahine Passion distillery, where you can discover (and taste!) the liqueurs and spirits made from the fruit of the island. To be sampled in moderation!