Paying Homage to Andrew Garrett

These beautiful illustrations of fish by American naturalist and explorer Andrew Garrett are from “Fishe der Sudsee” published between 1873 – 1910. Garrett lived on the island of Huahine with his wife Otari from 1870 until his death in 1887. His grave is located about 250 meters northwest of the wharf in Fare, Huahine.

Born in 1823, on the east coast of the USA, he left home at the age of 16 and traveled extensively as a crew member on whaling ships. He developed a keen interest in Conchology (the study of shells) and in 1853 he settled in Hawaii to develop his collection.

In Hawaii, he learned Latin, taught himself to draw and paint, and became well-known for his research and artistic abilities. His work was well received by the scientific community and he was elected a member of the California Academy of Sciences in 1856. This began a period of extensive traveling and research throughout the Pacific where he worked in collaboration with researchers, museums and institutions throughout the world while publishing 21 scientific papers.

His collection of 22,000 shells (one of the most complete for the Pacific at the time) and his library were purchased by the Bishop Museum after his death, and are now part of the museum’s archives and Malacology collections.

Selected Publications of Andrew Garrett :

1872  “Descriptions of new species of land and fresh-water shells”. American Journal of Conchology7(4).

1873-1910 “Fishe der Sundsee”, L. Friederichsen&Co., Hamburg.

1884 “The terrestrial Mollusca inhabiting the Society Islands”, Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

1887 “The terrestrial Mollusca inhabiting the Samoa or Navigator Island”, Proceeedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.


Also, don’t miss these great Huahine experiences!!

Huahine Lagoon

– Bicycle and sea kayak rental
– Motor boat rental – to discover the lagoon and to enjoy the savage beauty of the island
– Paddle-board to try out this wonderful water escape
– A guided tour by boat, private and personalized

Mountain hiking tours

Hike along mountain paths through lush vegetation, enjoy sceneic views, and discover ancient archeological sites (Marae) from the Maohi cultural with a certified guide, Terii TETUMU. Guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable experience of your vacation.

Website of the association of certified hiking guides:
Horse-back riding tours:

For more information about Scuba diving in Polynesia:

Website for the French Federation of Scuba Diving:


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