The Best Huahine Travel Guide

Here is The Best Huahine Travel Guide – Huahine overflows with an attractive allure with exuberant tropical vegetation, lagoon with phosphorescent coral formations, and numerous silky white sand beaches. The island is also rich in archaeological relics such as the traditional dwellings and “maraes” (traditional temples built in honor of the polynesian gods), the island still vibrates from a mysterious past.

On Huahine you will find luxuriant vegetation, untouched beaches, deserted coves, idyllic “motus” (islets), abundant fruit trees and colorful enchanted lagoons. The island is flourishing local arts and crafts, fish parks, villages with authentic fishermen, the sacred eels at Faie and splendid gardens for botanical enthusiasts.

Relatively unchanged by the modern world, Huahine Island offers the slower, more tranquil pace of old French Polynesia. With only eight small villages scattered across the island, the few residents welcome visitors with great kindness. This fertile world offers a rich soil providing the local farmers a bountiful harvest of vanilla, melons and bananas. You can learn more about The Best French Polynesian Islands here, or the Most Beautiful Beaches in French Polynesia here, or on Pinterest.

Huahine Weather – Best Time to Visit Huahine

In Huahine, it’s summer year-round! The dry season lasts from May to October and has temperatures between 71°F and 80°F.  While the rainy season typically lasts from November to April, is a little warmer (between 77°F and 95°F), and subject to tropical showers, which rarely last longer than 30 minutes. 

There’s never a bad time to visit Huahine. No matter the season, you’ll have an unforgettable island experience. However, when you’re planning a South Pacific getaway, the best time to visit Huahine is the one that coincides with the activities you wish to experience.

Dive sites in Huahine are less discovered than other islands and present a quiet underwater world perfect for beginning and intermediate divers. Sites feature yellow coral gardens and concentrations of reef fish, eagle rays, tuna, and grey reef sharks. The best time of year to explore the underwater gardens is between April and October. This is the dry season and you’ll find clear, calm waters with excellent visibility. This is also the best time if you are wanting to do activities like hiking and surfing. For seasoned surfer looking for high waves, then the rainy season is the best time to visit.

To experience the jungle-clad culture, visit during the wet season, or “Season of Plenty,” between November and April when the vegetation in French Polynesia is particularly luxuriant. This is also the best time for those who love to sample new tastes as all the tropical fruit are ripe.

Best Beaches on Huahine

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Avea Beach

The beach sits in front of the Hotel Le Mahana Huahine , which offers a range of activities including sailing, kayaking and cycling. The hotel is located in the heart of Avea Bay on the west coast of Huahine Iti and just a short distance from the village of Parea.

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Ara’ara Beach

Catch some waves at this great surfing beach on the southern tip of Huahine Iti, located about 2km south of the Relais Mahana hotel and close to the archaeological site of Marae Anini.

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Fare Beach

This white-sand public beach is located just north of Fare quay and shelves gently into shallow water making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling; with a distant view of Bora Bora.

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Te Tiare Beach

Backed by lush jungle-clad mountains, Te Tiare offers great swimming and snorkeling over coral heads close to shore, as well as magnificent sunsets over the distant Raiatea and Tahaa islands.

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Dining on Huahine

Omai $11 – 30

With a view over the Maitai Lapita Village hotel’s pool and out to sea, this is Huahine’s swankiest dining option and the food – from roast swordfish to Marquesan goat curry, grilled beef tenderloin and even burgers – fits perfectly with the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Telephone: 689 40 68 80 80 Web: Omai

Huahine Yacht Club $11 – 30

In a great location right on the lagoon, this lively restaurant is the best place to eat around Fare. With polished oyster shells nailed to the walls and lights strewn from the thatched ceiling, it has a beach-bar vibe and cooks a mean shrimp curry. Enjoy meat and seafood based selections with generous portions. Telephone: 689 40 68 70 81 Web: Huahine Yacht Club

Chez Tara $11 – 30

This restaurant is just up the road from the Relais Manhana Restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It serves great seafood, snacks, steaks and other French-Tahitian dishes in a pleasant setting on the water’s edge. Telephone: 689 40 68 78 45 Web: Chez Tara

Hotel Le Mehana $30 & Over

At the Hotel Le Mahana Huahine, our Chef Jean-Frederic and his team will prepare a typical modern cuisine of the islands, with menus adapted to the market and the catch of the day. Outside, feet in the sand for an exotic atmosphere or inside for a more intimate ambiance. Enjoy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with a wide range of specialties to satisfy the gourmets. Telephone: 689 40 45 04 00 Web: Hotel Le Mehana

Restaurant Les Dauphins $11 – 30

Totally mellow little restaurant, just up the road from the Maitai Lapita Village Hotel. Clearly popular with locals and families, which is always a good sign. Enjoy delicious dinners and desserts. Telephone: 689 40 68 89 01 Web: Restaurant Les Dauphins (TripAdvisor)

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10 Comments

  1. LineCowley

    Your description of Huahine island sounds absolutely idyllic and makes me want to see what phosphorescent coral formations look like. It is great to see that Huahine can be visited all year round, but that the wet and rainy season is from November to April. Exploring the underwater gardens sounds like the perfect way to spend your days. 

    I have never been to French Polynesia, so what is the best way to arrive on Huahine Island? Can one fly to the island, or is it a boat trip from the mainland? Do you have a recommended minimum stay on Huahine island? Thank you.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Huahine is served by Air Tahiti with frequent 40-minute flights from Papeete, daily flights from Moorea, and 25-minute flights from both Raiatea and Bora Bora.   You could easily spend a week in Huahine, mixing relaxation with sightseeing and water-based activities. If you’re pressed for time and looking to get a taste of the island,3 days in Huahine is probably the minimum you’ll need. Five days will already give you the freedom to explore and do a bit of R&R.  Hope this answers your questions 🙂

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  2. Kayamba

    Hey,

    This travel guide is thorough and detailed. How I wish my budget could allow! The beautiful scenery that encompasses beaches, jungles, along with friendly locals, and great food, make the visit on a budget worthwhile. The Best Huahine Travel Guide offers plenty of options for activities. Well, I’m pleased to say that I find the scenery very interesting.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Huahine does offer a bit of something for everyone.  You can easily spend a week here and enjoy everything that Huahine encompasses !

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  3. pasindu dimanka

    Stunning location, I tell ya! I’d never heard of Huahine before, but it looks amazing. I like how it is a suitable temperature all year and not too expensive for going out to eat and enjoy the activities. This location is stunning! Thank you for include the cost of meals. Very useful. I really like your website!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is amazing!  There are so many amazing places, makes it hard to pick your next destination for sure.  Thanks as always, for visiting my site and leaving comments.

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  4. Lorenz Valdez

    Initially I thought this place was in Hawaii, but it’s in French Polynesia. That’s so awesome, my wife and I have always wanted to visit! Although I am biased that Hawaii has the most beautiful beaches because I’m from Hawaii, this place is beautiful! Thank you for also sharing the prices of dining. Very helpful. Love your site! Will definitely bookmark!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I’d say that Hawaii is just as beautiful 🙂  Just going somewhere different, new beaches, culture and food…definitely worth it.  Glad you enjoyed Lorenz!

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  5. Louise Allen

    What a beautiful place!

     I’ve never heard of Huahine before but it looks incredible. 

    I love the fact that it is a comfortable temperature all year round and not overly priced for going out for meals and enjoying the activities. 

    Definitely worth taking a look as somewhere to visit.

    Would you say these places are more suitable for couples or are there areas that family can enjoy too ?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I’m glad you enjoyed Louise.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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