This is the view of Huahine from outside the reef. We arrived mid-morning in Fare and picked up a mooring ball. Our friends Kenny and Besty on Alcyone were there and Kenny assisted the ball pickup.
We were all a bit tired but decided to get off the boat and explore a bit and have lunch at the "Yacht Club".
View from the Yacht Club Restaurant
Huahine is an old island compared to Tahiti or Mo'orea and was created by three distinct volcanic eruptions.
The next day all six of us rented bikes and did a tour of the island. It was a great day! Here are some of the highlights:
The Shell Museum
Cone shells are poisonous ! Don't pick them up on the beach unless they are walking away (with a hermit crab inside)
Arriving at the sacred Marae archeological site
Marae were important ceremonial sites throughout French Polynesia
Bobby Holcomb, a rock artist who lived in Huahine for a while, was featured in the Marae information center. He drew significant inspiration for his music from Huahine and French Polynesia.
He was also a talented artist
Betsy in front of a fish trap
The fish traps were destroyed over time and have recently been restored as an important part of Huahine history.
We followed signs for ice cream and found this wonderful beach !
It turned out that the ice cream was at the art studio of Melanie, an American who moved to Huahine and paints mostly Polynesian scenes.
Melanie wasn't in her studio but it was open for exploration. Her art was colorful and active and clearly inspired by people, places and activities (many of which are from Huahine).
We continued on our bike tour and found cold coconuts (coconut water) to refresh us.
An interesting catamaran project
The lagoon/bay was a nice distraction on our ride back to the anchorage.
The day was capped off with a nice dinner at the Yacht Club right at sunset.
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