Huahine Island is one of French Polynesia's Society Islands - a French overseas territory in the Pacific Ocean. Huahine is part of Leeward Islands group and has population around 6,000.
The island has length of 16 km (10 mi) and max width of 13 km (8 mi). It covers a total area of approx 75 km2 (29 mi2) and consists of two main isles surrounded by a coral reef with several smaller islets. Big Huahine (Huahine Nui) is the northern one, and Little Huahine (Huahine Iti) is the southern. The two are divided by a few hundred yards of water. They are naturally linked via a sandspit at low tide. A bridge was later built to connect both Huahine islands.
The brackish lake Lac Maeva (Lac Fauna Nui) is in Huahine Nui's northwestern part. The lake is all that remains of ancient atoll lagoon. Huahine's Fare Airport is located on the big island's northern shore. The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Fare, Faie, Fitii, Haapu, Maroe, Maeva, Tefarerii, Parea. Its administrative centre is Fare, located on (Big) Huahine Nui.
One of the island's most famous tourist attractions is a bridge crossing over a stream with up to 2 m (7 ft) long eels. The eels are deemed sacred by the local mythology. Tourists can buy a can of mackerel to feed them.
Huahine Island cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Huahine Island dock (anchor) at Fare - port town on the north-eastern coast of (Big) Huahine Nui.
Here is also located the island's airport. It handles around 150,000 passengers annually via the Air Tahiti airline companyoperating in French Polynesia exclusively. Flights include the destinations Bora Bora Island, Moorea Island, Papeete (Tahiti Island), Raiatea Island.
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