Huahine, Society Islands / Polynesia
Huahine, with its approximately 5,500 inhabitants and its main town Fare is one of the French Society Islands. These islands are a tropical South Pacific archipelago of volcanic origin. They represent the most economically important of the five archipelagoes of French Polynesia, and are divided into two groups: the wind-facing side (islands off the wind) and the wind-side remote (islands below the wind). Huahine is one of the latter. Strictly speaking, Huahine is made up of two approximately equal-sized islands, Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti, which are connected by an isthmus. Huahine is also called "the Island of Light": blue lagoons, green hillsides, red clay soil and white beaches form a stunning color spectacle.
Pure tranquility promises the picturesque island on which "rush" appears to be a foreign word. The tiny main village Fare awakens to life only upon arrival of ferries and freighters.
The main attraction for cultural tourists are the archaeological sites that can be visited as part of a tour of the island. Most public beaches can be found in the southern cape of Huahine Iti and on some of the many small flat islands in the bay ("Motus").