The royal village of Maeva, considered to be one of the most important archaeological areas in all of Oceania. Traditionally, Maeva was the seat of royal power for all of Huahine.
Mata'ire'a Hill - Located just above the village of Maeva, the area is home to more than 200 stone structures, including maraes, agricultural terraces, house foundations, fortification walls and burial platforms.
This is a museum and handcrafts center, built over water at Lake Fauna Nui in Maeva Village. It is a replica of a traditional meeting house of classic Polynesian oval shape, with a high curved roof of pandanus thatch, bamboo walls, and a bamboo covered floor.
The exhibits include a variety of useful tools that were used by the Polynesians before the arrival of the Europeans. Kites, canoes, tops and other tradional games are also displayed, as well as musical instruments and a copy of the wooden headrest used by Omai, the first Tahitian to discover Engeland.
Archaeologically, Huahine is the richest island in French Polynesia and is sometimes referred to as an open-air museum.
The village of Maeva was the ancient capital of Huahine, and all its ruling families lived there and worshipped in their individual marae temples of stone. Today, you can visit this place to explore the 16 restored marae (ancient temples).
Provides several adventures:
1. Jet ski around the island, with a guide-you're taken to a good snorkeling spot, through the fjord, and to an excellent spot to see sting rays and eagle rays.
2. Outrigger trip around the island stops at a working pearl farm, an island lunch of poisson cru, and other points of interest.
3. A private lunch on a private motu-quite expensive though.
This was a great way to see the island from the lagoon.
The stones piled in a 'V'shape inside the lagoon are ancient fish weir traps. They are still in use.