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Marae Titiroa, Marae Ahu o Mahine and Marae Afareaitu
Not only Raiatea (Marae Taputapuatea) and Nuku Hiva (Hikokua, Kamuihei, and Teiipoka) have archaeological sites and historic marae to offer, but Moorea also has architectural vestiges of the indigenous Maohi, albeit concealed and less fully repaired. In the center of Moorea, there are around 220 ritual platforms, some of which are deeply overgrown and concealed in the depths of the bush.
Take the narrow spur road into the interior of the island from Opunohu Bay, about four kilometers past the agricultural college (Lycée agricole) in the direction of Belvedere Viewpoint, for amateur archaeologists and culturally oriented holidaymakers (also called Roto Nui). Marked. It takes simply a few minutes to walk to the first platform from there.
Sir Yosihiko Sinoto, a Hawaiian academic, restored the Marae Titiroa in 1969. A ceremonial platform (ahu) on which prayers and animals were sacrificed can be found here. A huge gathering space about 50 meters to the northwest is where feasts were hosted and guests were welcomed by village chiefs.
The 18th century Marae Ahu o Mahine (designated as council platform) is worth visiting around 250 meters down a short side route in the heart of a lovely chestnut grove (mape). Back on the main trail, around 200 meters from the Marae Titiora, you’ll come across an old archery platform where distance shooting competitions with bow and arrow were held. The Marae Afareaitu, the area’s oldest center of worship, dates from 900 AD and is located immediately to the left.