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About Huahine as my favourite island in the South Pacific
I had a picture of what my island of dreams would look like when I planned my South Pacific voyage. There would be nice countryside, the shores, jungle, ruins, lakes and volcanos, along with welcoming natives, good dining, the capacity to attend with a reasonable price, and many opportunities for activity.
I' m glad to say I found an island just like that. It' Huahine and it' s perfec. Here is what made it the high point of my South Pacific month: Huahine was one of the least expensive island I have ever been to in French Polynesia and the South Pacific in general.
but this is a paradisiacal island in the Pacific Ocean, in a land considered one of the most pricey in the underworld. It was a ten minutes stroll from the best beaches on the island (and probably the best I've found in French Polynesia!), and a whole host of great places to eat.
If you want to stay overnight for less, you can go to Hiva Lake ($12 per overnight stay for a tent), where the island is best for windsurfing, and there are a few other inns on HotelsCombined for about $40 per overnight stay. I' m guessing I just didn't believe how I was torn off on Huahine, and I'd definitely felt this way on other South Pacific Isles - I'm looking at you and your groceries awards, Aitutaki.
The best one I would go to in French Polynesia was on Bora Bora, but it was this beautiful Huahine Bay that took my throat. The Fare Beaches sandy beaches were bright pink, smooth as powdered sugars, a clear sea that was clear to my toe and clear to my throat, and a nice sea that was cozy.
It was also encircled by a wonderful landscape: palms back from the shore and a jungle-covered vulcano further upcountry. The Huahine is one of the most sparsely inhabited of the Society Isles and is not full of people. Only eight small towns around the 20 miles away island and 5,000 inhabitants, it is enough to jump on a bike and ride for a few moments to make you think you are on a privately owned island.
That picture of the shore I post upstairs? This was not an ingenious approach to make it look like I had it all for myself: it was just everyone who was on the shore! Off the coast, the island is just as serene. I saw some ruined buildings and I had them all to myself.
It is not too much of a surprise in some ways, have you even gotten to know about Huahine? It is also a shock, because Huahine is a 30-minute trip from Tahiti and a 30-minute trip from Bora Bora. In all honesty, unlike some places I have been to ( "Maafushi" in the Maldives, which I recently learnt, is now overcrowded with visitors and has unearthed its nice beach), I don't think it will improve in the near future.
There' s intentionally not much tourist facilities on the island, there are no big hotel or resort, and I haven't seen or heard any work. If Huahine is not made known in any way, I imagine it will be missed for many years to the benefit of Tahiti and Bora Bora.
Wherever you are in Huahine and which way you look, I promise there will be something nice ahead of you. Huahine is said to have the same importance as Easter Island, which is quite chilly, I think. Not someone who enjoys ruin.
But, in all huahine, it is seriously shrouded in old Polyynesian remains, and they are all free to go and climb. The one thing I have been most enthusiastic about in Huahine is the holy blue-eyed eel. I' ve been on the island for three nights and felt like there was so much more I would have liked to see.
The Huahine consists of two large islets, which are linked by a small stripe of country. I' ve seen maybe a fourth of one of the island and none of the others. I' ve been missing so many nice sandy spots, and I wanted to see the ones where the natives are surfing to see what they're like.
While I was trying different walks to view points around the vulcano, it was drizzling. I' ve just overlooked the whole other island of Huahine. It feels like I could comfortably stay on this island for a whole weekend before I began to get pruritic legs. While I am working on French Polynesia, I plan to return to the area to see some of the other archipelagos.
But if I make it back, I'm hardly going to be able to get back to Huahine. Huahine sounds like your kind of paradise island?