On Friday we took Janet and Lin for a half day tour of the island (these gals are from Oakland and we met them a week ago).
I began with a shell collecting trip on the motu. We drove down the pitted, potholed motu road and parked at a pension. We found shells, some fossils on the lava, a lot of crabs, and a few no-seeums.
Marilyn leads the way back to the car. Next stop, a few marae*, a view of the fish traps, the village of Maeva and of course, the area surrounding the Fare Potee with the most accessible grouping of marae.[*Like the related institutions of old Polynesia, the marae is a wāhi tapu, a ‘sacred place’ which carries great cultural meaning.]
Next we stopped for a snack in the middle of Fare, right on the quay at a roulotte called, Surf Burger. Marilyn and I had fish burgers. Janet had a hamburger. Lin had an omelet. An astounding 2.5 foot omelet on a baguette.
After that it was off to Huahine iti (the small island) connected to Huahine Nui by a bridge. We drove by Maroe Bay and around to the very southern tip. As we passed Tsing Tsing’s house, I looked up and saw him tending his gardens on the edge of a cliff. We saw another favorite marae (Anini)