Cook's Bay

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Cook\'s Bay featuring tranquil scenes and mountains
Moorea’s eastern bay shelters the island’s largest commune and has magnificent mountain views, secluded swimming spots and a range of hotels and restaurants.

Experience one of Moorea’s finest waterfront destinations when you visit Cook’s Bay. One of the two twin bays on the island’s breathtaking north coast, Cook’s Bay is renowned for its matchless views of Moorea’s mountainous interior and the forested hillsides that cascade into the bay’s calm waters. Travel around the deep u-shaped bay on foot, by scooter or by car and visit the waterfront precinct of Pao Pao, the island’s largest commune.

Also known as Pao Pao Bay for its proximity to the town, Cook’s Bay contains some of Moorea’s most accessible attractions. Jump on your scooter or take a drive around the picturesque bay. The commune of Piha’ena lies on the northwestern edge of the mouth of the bay. The road travels south along the water’s edge, with palm-fringed shores on one side and pretty terraces of pineapple plantations on the other.

Continue south to find St. Joseph Catholic Church, which marks the beginning of Pao Pao’s communal boundaries. This township reaches deep into the valleys of the island’s mountainous interior. From here, you can join up with the road that winds up the slopes of Mount Tohivea to the Belvedere Lookout.

Along the eastern banks of the bay, you’ll find the local seafood market, a collection of restaurants and some waterfront hotels with views of the Moua Puta and Moua Roa peaks. In the distance you’ll see the jagged summit of Mount Rotui. Peruse the daily catch at the market or take a seat at one of the restaurants to enjoy local cuisine, which fuses French influence with the magnificent tropical produce grown locally. On the northeastern mouth of Cook’s Bay, you’ll find Cook’s Beach. Go for a swim in one of the pretty beaches and snorkel amid the offshore coral.

Cook’s Bay is located on the northern coast of Moorea. The bayside drive is easy for a rental car or scooter. Alternatively, join a charter tour of the island. The region is free to visit at any time.

Hotel Kaveka
Hotel Kaveka
2.5 out of 5
B.P. 373, Maharepa, Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands
The price is CA $320 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this beach resort in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (176 reviews)
"We felt so welcome walking in. Grounds felt natural and the small stone walkway along waters edge was perfect. While eating dinner we were lucky enough to see a shark and a ray cone by. Plus the fish everyday at breakfast. Calm, quiet and peaceful."

Reviewed on Jun. 27, 2022

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Our Cook Bay House
Our Cook Bay House
Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands
Stay at this beach villa in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a water park. Popular attractions Maison Blanche and Moorea Tropical Garden are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
The Most Amazing Moorea Experience
"If you are headed to Moorea you NEED to stay here! Monique is so accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed and so much more. The property itself is stunning and provided us with the most memorable time!"

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

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Te Moana Tahiti Resort
Te Moana Tahiti Resort
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti, 98703
The price is CA $374 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Punaauia. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (963 reviews)
"The property is close to the airport and is beautiful. Wish we had more than 2 nights to enjoy it. It has a private beach, infinity pool, motu lounge deck, and snorkeling lagoon that is fed directly by the ocean. The room was large and it was convenient to have a kitchen. The only downside we came ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2022

Te Moana Tahiti Resort
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VILLAGE TEMANOHA
VILLAGE TEMANOHA
PK 9 Côté montagne, Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands, 98728
The price is CA $200 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this vacation home in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Belvedere Lookout and Moorea Tropical Garden are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Nous avons passé un excellent moment au village Temanoha depuis notre arrivée où nous avons été très chaleureusement accueillis par Nicolas jusqu’au petit déjeuner très garni confectionné par Julien. De très bons conseils d’excursions avec en prime une jolie balade avec les tortues vertes aussi inattendue ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 22, 2022

VILLAGE TEMANOHA
Our Cook Bay House
Our Cook Bay House
Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands
Stay at this beach villa in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a water park. Popular attractions Maison Blanche and Moorea Tropical Garden are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
The Most Amazing Moorea Experience
"If you are headed to Moorea you NEED to stay here! Monique is so accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed and so much more. The property itself is stunning and provided us with the most memorable time!"

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Our Cook Bay House
Residence Moorea Sunset Beach
Residence Moorea Sunset Beach
3 out of 5
Pk 26 Côté mer, Haapiti - Ile de, Moorea-Maiao, 98729
The price is CA $394 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (308 reviews)
"Very clean accommodation. We were very happy. Will come back in the future!"

Reviewed on Jun. 6, 2022

Residence Moorea Sunset Beach
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