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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44 Comments

  1. Danielle

    What a beautiful guide!  I had never heard of Huahine before.  The pictures and descriptions of the beaches make me want to schedule my next vacation.  In your guide, you cover places to visit and where to eat, but you did not mention places to stay.  Do you have another article that covers this in more detail?  What are the hotels like? Are they similar to Caribbean all-inclusive resorts?  I’d love to learn more!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much!  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Beach Travel Destinations.  I did list hotels. Some are on neighboring islands because there is just a handful on Huahine itself.  There is an assortment, from bungalows to hotel and spas.  Really is just your preference.  You can click on each hotel, or the ones that interest you and learn more about that particular hotel. If you zoom out on the map at the bottom, you’ll see that there are not many on the island itself, but on the neighboring islands.  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.

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  2. Merry

    I love how you laid out the best times to visit for the different activities. There seems to be something for everyone who would be traveling in my group. I can’t wait until I can get a trip scheduled to visit. 

    You mentioned the village welcomes visitors. Would you recommend having cash for these smaller villages? and is it recommended to exchange cash to the local currency? If so, what is their currency?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      US Currency and Euros are widely accepted and that is what you will want for the smaller villages.  I am glad you enjoyed the best Huahine Travel Guide.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  3. Tia Butts

    Huahine sounds beautiful! In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t want to do much diving, as I’m not much of a water person. But the weather and climate sound right up my alley. 

    The restaurants and eateries sound awesome, as well. 

    What activities/events would you suggest for families that have small children that want to avoid intense water activity? Any particular events where you can just sit and view the beautiful atmosphere?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There are plenty of activities that does not involve water 🙂  You can do nature and wildlife tours, 4WD, ATV & off-road tours, eco tours, and horseback riding to mention a few.  To take in all the surroundings, horseback riding would probably be a great idea for your family.

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  4. chetty

    Your site is fantastic. It is highly informative and easy to navigate. If I were to be traveling soon, I would use your website. It looks as if other people feel that way as well. Your site has excellent reviews and comments! It seems like a person could make all travel arrangements and Lodging. It is essential that a person can have a one-stop and take care of all the details for their travels. Best wishes, Chet 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Chet.  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Beach Travel Destinations!

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  5. Peter hanley

    It is a place I would like to visit.

    It has good pricing, good accommodation and lots of things to do. I am sure the French food is up to standard
    and the french locals as nice as they are in the cities.
    As a non-French-speaking old guy, I might struggle in the language area but I can usually find the odd English speaking guide.

    It would be a lot of fun but I might wait for summer.

    Peter H

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You can find an English speaking guide for sure.  And summer for me, is always the best time to travel.  

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  6. pleacetree

    Hi nice article on the island of Huahine!  never heard of it although I have heard of the French Polynesia Islands while I knew there is many. I am a huge fan of tropical destinations especially where the weather gets snowy and cold during the winter like I endure annually. I am a huge fan of hitting up the beach and lounging in the sun. Its great that you provided so many beaches to check out with all the places to eat out on the island as well. Great article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you !  I am glad you enjoyed your digital visit to Huahine.  If you want to rest and relax, this is the perfect island to do so on.  

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  7. Jan

    Thank you for writing this detailed and informative guide to Huahine. I particularly appreciated the recommendations for the best beaches, restaurants, and activities on the island. Your descriptions of the weather and the best times to visit really helped me plan my trip, and I can’t wait to experience the beauty and culture of Huahine for myself.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Jan, please let me know if I can help in anyway with your travel planning, and thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  8. Katherine Prieto

    My family is from Nicaragua so I’m guessing the weather is a little bit similar.

    This is an amazing Huahine travel guide! Your articles have truly woken me up to more places to get-away past the standard ones, similar to Hawaii and the Bahamas. I have never been to Huahine yet I like to head out and I need to go there

    Thanks for your post:)

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Katherine. I am glad you enjoyed my Huahine Travel Guide.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Jeremy

    So apparently I have to add this spot to my bucket list. – Amazing!

    This place looks so peaceful, and like a place I could retire!

    Compared to Hawaii, Florida and the Bahama beaches, how would you rate the French Polynesian beaches? And did you ever experience these beaches – could you give recommendations as to which was your favourite if you did?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, I live in Florida, and of course have been to Hawaii and the Bahamas.  Hands down the French Polynesian beaches are the best for many reasons.  Its something that is bucket list worthy and worth going back to.

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  10. Aly

    Thanks for covering so many ways to make the most out of a trip to visit Huahine. This is a very helpful travel guide for the region. 

    I definitely want to check out all of the restaurants that you mention and visit the best beaches on Huahine. What currency is preferred at local shops in the area? I want to make sure I have currency for local finds during the trip.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You can use US and Euro dollars here.  They won’t, however, accept coins. 

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  11. Kevin

    This is an incredible Huahine travel guide! Your articles have really opened my eyes to more vacation destinations beyond the mainstream ones, like Hawaii and the Bahamas. There is one thing I’ve been wondering, though. How does one reach Huahine? Are there boats/cruises or some sort of airplane? I would love to hear your recommendations on booking flights and getting to Huahine.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      To get to Huahine, you will first have to fly into another French Polynesian Island. 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. So you will fly into one of these cities from you destination.  You can also get their by ferry from Bora Bora as well.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.  I would love to help you plan your vacation to Huahine!

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  12. Jannette

    Huahine sounds like a beautiful place to visit and relax on week-long vacations with family. The weather also says nice where it’s summer all year long, like in parts of Florida making it easy to plan a trip. It is easier for my family to travel during Christmas, as most family has vacations from work and school for two weeks for Christmas and New Year. This lets us celebrate the holidays on a lovely beach instead of being stuck indoors. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      That’s right.  I live in Florida, and yes it is very easy to hop in the car and head across the state, which for me is just 4 to 5 hours.  Wonderful.  Huahine is at a whole new level with the added culture, exquisite food, and crystal clear waters.  Definitely perfect for a Christmas vacation!

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  13. Harmony

    I think you did a very nice job here. I am currently traveling the world. Right now I am in Bahrain and I am looking to travel out of here after the Christmas and New year seasons. Somewhere around late January. Although at a point you indicated that every time is a good time to visit Huahine. But I am aiming to get the best experience. Would you advise that I come there? I am really interested in diving. I like to also try out local dishes anywhere I go to.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, Huahine is a definite if you can get it into your itinerary.  You will find some amazing diving and the food, well that is an aspect, along with the culture, not to be missed.

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  14. Liam Tremblay

    Hi, I have never been to Huahine before but I like to travel and I want to go there too but I think it’s hot and humid. how do you think we should dress over there? I like to visit Te Tiare Beach, I think it would be a great trip and it would be fun.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Definitely summer attire is what you will want to take.  Huahine has an average daily temperature in the mid 70s to mid 80s.  Perfect weather.  So not hot at all.  It will be humid with an average daily humidity of 78%

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  15. Mark

    I’m completely on board here.

    I love the island mix of mountains and beaches. It makes for an incredible scenery. My wife loves the beach the most, and I love the mountains, and I can’t wait to get out here to see them mixed together!

    I’m also a foodie so I really appreciate you listing the best times of year for the best food.

    I love to sample new and exotic foods on vacation, and a bad experience there for me really had a heavy impact on my enjoyment!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like your bags are packed Mark!  I am glad you enjoyed the best Huahine Travel Guide.  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  16. apexvilla

    Hello there I really enjoy reading you articles on best places to visit on a vacation. It gives me a wide knowledge of how this places are what to expect if one should decide to go there. My major concern is the language barrier. How easy is it for a person that speak only one language to cope in Huahine?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You will find that some do speak English, but French is the language here.  Bora Bora on the other hand, all pretty much understand and speak English.

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  17. Diane

    This looks AMAZING! I actually didn’t even know this place existed. I love that you can come all year around, I guess it makes it easier to find a cheap(er) plane ticket.

    The restaurants you suggest seem really great, it’s in the morning right now, but I just want oysters and fish now! 

    I guess they speak French on the island?  I really hope I can go one day

    How much time would you recommend staying? Would you recommend a tour of different islands?

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Ashley

    For some reason this getaway reminds me of the island they filmed the TV series lost on. I don’t think that’s true because I believe they filmed it in Hawaii, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. I love that there are diving areas that have barely been touched by other humans. Do you suggest taking some lessons before signing up for one of these diving experiences? I think the best time to go would definitely be when the fruit is at its righteous. I can just picture myself now sitting on a beach indulging in some exotic fruits. It sounds magical. I had a quick question for you. You write some of the best look the best synopsis of some of the most beautiful travel destinations on our planet. 

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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