Discover Polynesia's cultural past

Discover Polynesia's cultural past

Explore Polynesian history at the Maeva archaeological site, which gathers about twenty marae, spiritual and social artefacts of Huahine Island's royal past.

At the entrance of the village of Maeva on Huahine Island, traces of the past tell the truth about Polynesian culture and history. The archaeological site, which used to house royal families, consists in about twenty stone marae, these places of worship where men and spiritual powers came together through local traditions. There, you will discover both authentic and reconstructed remains of fortress walls. Wandering through the signs of Polynesia's past is like visiting an open-air museum, bordering the lagoon. The high point of the visit will undoubtedly be the Manunu marae, built with two-metre high and 40m-long flat stones dating back to the 16th century.

Typical gathering place back then, a fare has been assembled in order to give you a glimpse of the period. These remnants of the past tell of the will of royal powers of the time, building lasting fare when most are still made of wood today. The fare pote'e, large shack made of thatch that opens onto the lagoon, tells this story by way of everyday items, embodying a lifestyle: paddles, pendants made of fish teeth and tattooing brushes. A rare site that tells of a little-known slice of history.

Maeva archaeological site
Opu Nui
BP 128
98731 Fare