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An Open-Air Museum

Although "crowded" seldom comes to mind in describing the islands of Tahiti, the word perfectly describes the density of Huahine's historical sites. In fact, the famous archaeological site near the village of Maeva has the largest concentration of pre-European marae in Polynesia.

Now, almost fully restored, 200 archeological stone structures have survived centuries of natural destruction. These structures lie within yards of one another along the shore of Lake Fauna Nui and on the sacred and scenic Matairea Hill and include marae of island chieftains, dwellings, horticultural developments, and religious and ceremonial monuments.

Here, overlooking the ancient stone fish traps and the ocean beyond, visitors follow a footpath among royal marae and immense fortification walls as well as stone foundations for homes of island chiefs and priests.

Other important historic finds have shown that Huahine has the oldest recorded date of human occupation among the Society Islands. Discoveries at the recently uncovered sites date from A.D. 850 to 1200 and include ancient workshops for the construction of canoes and assembly of fish hooks.

These legends of Huahine can come to life with one of the famous local expert guides who will share ancient tales and stories about their unique island life.



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