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Fishing

For lagoon or deep-sea fishing, contact Huahine Marine Transports (tel. 68.84.02; hua.mar.trans@mail.pf), owned by American expatriate Rich Shamel, who has lived on Huahine for many years and who runs the transfer boats for Te Tiare Beach Resort. Rich charges 64,000CFP (US$800/£400) for a half-day and (US$1,200/£600) for a full day of fishing on his 11m (36-ft.) Hatteras sport-fishing boat. He lives and works at the resort's transfer base, just across the bridge on the south side of Fare.

Horseback Riding

One of the best horseback-riding operations in French Polynesia is La Petite Ferme (Little Farm; tel. 68.82.98; www.huahine-lapetiteferme.com), on the main road north of Fare, just before the airport turnoff. It has Marquesas-bred horses that can be ridden with English or Western saddles along the beach and around Lake Fauna Nui. Prices range from 5,500CFP (US$69/£35) for 2 hours to 11,000CFP (US$138/£70) for an all-day trail ride. The farm also has accommodations, from a dormitory to bungalows.

Sailing

You can go for a half- or full-day cruise with Claude and Martine Bordier of Sailing Huahine Voile (tel./fax 68.72.49; www.sailing-huahine.com) on their Eden Martin, a 15m (50-ft.) yacht, which they sailed from France in 1999. A half-day of sailing costs about 7,200CFP (US$90/£45) per person; a whole day, 12,500CFP (US$156/£79). They also have sunset cruises for 6,600CFP (US$83/£42) per person. That's assuming Claude and Martine are on Huahine and not on a 1- or 2-week charter cruise in the Leeward or Tuamotu islands.

Scuba Diving

Huahine's lagoon and fringing reef have several dive sites with a multitude of sea life, and you don't have to be an experienced diver to see much of it. You'll need a boat to get to it, but even snorkelers will enjoy the Seafari Aquarium, inside the barrier reef off Avea Beach on Huahine Iti. Tropical fish congregate around the colorful coral heads that dot the lagoon here, and rays troll the sandy bottom. The aquarium is only 2 to 3m (7-10 ft.) deep. Novice divers can also explore the canyons beyond Tiare Pass, off Faie Bay on the eastern side of Huahine-Nui. You will need intermediate skills to explore Huahine's most famous site, Avapeihi Pass, the entry through the reef off Cook's Bay and a short boat ride from Fare. Conditions in the pass draw feeding schools of barracuda and other fish, which in turn get the attention of gray reef sharks.

Pacific Blue Adventure (tel. 68.87.21; fax 68.80.71; www.divehuahine.com) and Mahana Dive (tel. 73.07.17; www.mahanadive.com) have offices on the Fare wharf. Both charge about 6,000CFP (US$75/£38) for a one-tank dive.

Snorkeling & Swimming

You don't have to leave Fare to find a fine little swimming and snorkeling beach; just follow the seaside promenade north past Restaurant New Temarara. Huahine's best, however, is the magnificent crescent of sand at Avea Beach, skirting Baie Avea on Huahine Iti. A hilly peninsula blocks the brunt of the southeast trade winds, so the speckled lagoon here is usually as smooth as glass. Moana Turquoise (tel. 68.85.57), at Pension Mauarii, rents snorkeling gear. It also has powerboats for rent.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.