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Huahine

Our first stay in an overwater villa


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After a six hour flight from Honolulu, we arrived in Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia. A traditional Polynesian band played at the gate and it almost felt a bit like home, seeing a special line for EU and Swiss citizens at immigration. The host for our short stay in Faa’a picked us up at the airport and welcomed us with a Lei. Despite the fact that the official language in French Polynesia is French, we felt that the country is much more in touch with its Polynesian roots than Hawaii.

Early the next morning, we departed for Huahine, where we were going to spend four nights, including New Year’s Eve. Huahine is one of over 200 islands and atolls in the vast territory of French Polynesia. It is part of the Society Islands, a group of islands that are quite developed and easy to access. We chose Huahine because we wanted to experience staying in an overwater villa and we found a relatively affordable resort for this here. The resort was located in a small bay on the west side of the island, from where we could watch beautiful sunsets with the neighboring islands of Raiatea and Taha’a in the distance. We loved the fact that the resort was quite small and there were no other resorts around, which gave a very quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

Sunset from our overwater villa

Sunset from our overwater villa

Overwater villas at Sunset in Huahine

Overwater villas at Sunset in Huahine

Palm trees

Palm trees

We loved the experience of staying in an overwater villa. We had a large porch, with plenty of shade, which was great for relaxing and watching the sea. It felt so luxurious to be able to wake up in the morning, walk a few meters, and jump into the water for a swim. A few hundred meters out into the sea was a large protective reef, where we could see and hear the waves brake. Because of this, the water around our resort was calm like a lake and fantastic for swimming. In addition to that, there were beautiful corals all around the overwater villas and we enjoyed many hours snorkeling around them. We saw lots of colorful fish, but nothing larger than an arm.

Overwater villas in Huahine (ours is the rightmost one)

Overwater villas in Huahine (ours is the rightmost one)

Stairs to the water from our overwater villa in Huahine

Stairs to the water from our overwater villa in Huahine

Sam jumping into the water

Sam jumping into the water

Night sky from our porch in Huahine

Night sky from our porch in Huahine

Huahine from the plane

Huahine from the plane

We did not leave our resort a lot in those four days, there was plenty to do there like swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. Only on one day, we walked around the island for a bit. The island has some nice mountains and is extremely green. There are huge tropical plants everywhere. Technically, we visited French Polynesia in the wet season, but we were very lucky. Only on the day of our arrival to Huahine, we had rain in the morning. The rest of the time was sunny and dry.

Beach and overwater villas in Huahine

Beach and overwater villas in Huahine

Tropical flower

Tropical flower

Huahine landscape

Huahine landscape

Main street of Fare, Huahine

Main street of Fare, Huahine

Posted by samandmarta 16:57 Archived in French Polynesia

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