We went to check out the celebrated roulottes (food trucks). This one wasn't terribly impressive - it took forever to get the guy's attention, and he messed up our order. But at least it didn't make us sick :P
We attended a church service, for the amazing singing. Check out the Sunday apparel.
In the Protestant churches the service is all in Tahitian so we didn't understand much, but apparently it was quite humourous, with much laughing and back-and-forth banter.
At the height of dry season, the eels were cornered in a tiny shallow pool in an otherwise dry canal, clambering over each other, barely able to move. It looked as if any day now the canal will dry out completely, and Faie will lose its only tourist attraction. In the wet season however the canal overflows, and the eels can be found swimming clear across the road.
We made a beeline for Taputapuatea. The sign explains basic aspects of Tahitian culture.
caption 2: "sacred canoe, watercolor by W Bligh". William Bligh was an officer on Captain Cook's ship during his third voyage to the Pacific.
caption 3: "Drawing by S. Parkinson". Sydney Parkinson was the resident artist on Cook's first voyage.
Taputapuatea ("very sacred place far away") is the most important archaeological site in the Pacific. Like other marae, it is a very low-key - at first we drove past it without realizing. There is no access control or fees, no visitor information, not even a parking lot. There's a small snack bar, but it was closed.