Huahine is part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, and is one of the lesser developed islands. There are roads, and houses, and it is civilized, but there is not much development in terms of resorts and tourism, which is a good thing, in my opinion.
We did not have a ton of time to explore the island, but we made the most of it by renting some scooters and going for a blast around the island.
As far as I know, there was only one resort on the island, but I'm sure that there were more lesser known bed and breakfast types of places, 'Pensions', as they're called. Huahine is a place that is frequented by sailboat-cruiser types, and with the convenient barrier reef surrounding a good portion of the island, the nicest way to see the island is by boat. There were many little places, nooks and crannies, that we did not have the chance to explore that looked really cool, accesible only by boat.
My favorite experience on the island was when I found a guy that let me rent his one-man outrigger canoe off of him. He didn't normally rent out his canoe,
This island in particular had many archaeological sites and ruins all across the island.
but I was able to talk him into it. The canoe was spray-painted in rasta red, green, and yellow, and I took it out for a paddle for a couple of hours. I even kind of snuck in on a local canoe team that was practicing in the same area--I was trying to see if I could compete with them paddling as they were doing short fast sprint pieces. I was able to keep up with them power-wise, but I had a lot of trouble keeping the canoe in straight line, as there is no rudder or skeg in Tahitian style outrigger canoes.
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