French Polynesia/Huahine: Huahine Island from the Air

Maeva was the seat of the royal rulers of Huahine prior to European arrival and was later abandoned. Excavation and restoration ha revealed many sites of marae (tradition temples and platforms) – over 30 of them, the highest marae concentration in French Polynesia. Likely, this was a large center where ancient Polynesian nobility lived. There is also a restored house with a museum. And out on the water of a lagoon are ancient fish traps – a series of stone passageways where the fish would swim and be guided into during the incoming tide and then get trapped when the water recedes.