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Moorea, with its dream-like scenery, French cuisine and tropical climate, almost seems too good to be true. Yet, it’s there, just 19 kilometres (12 miles) west of Tahiti, and waiting to be discovered. Read a book under a palm tree on a picture-perfect beach or visit the island’s breathtaking waterfalls, sacred mountains and charming Polynesian villages.
The triangular-shaped island of Moorea, pronounced Moe-oh-re-ah, is one of the Windward Islands. Moorea is smaller and less visited than Tahiti, which means you can still enjoy this South Pacific paradise without having to pay top prices.
Choosing which of the island’s pristine beaches and coves you want to visit first is your only challenge. Take your pick from black- or white-sand beaches and decide if you want to play in the waves or swim in sheltered bays. The main beaches are Cook’s Cove and Opunohu Bay. Go scuba diving, snorkelling or surfing around the island’s outer reefs. The sea life is abundant here, and you can see many colourful fish and marine mammals.
If you would rather stay dry, hike the island’s network of paths through the mountainous interior. Follow the Belvedere View track to the top and enjoy views of the shoreline as well as Mount Rotui and Mount Tohiea. Be sure to taste the local produce; drink cocktails with pineapple juice or coconut water in one of the beachside bars and try Tahitian seafood dishes.
Get to Moorea on a cruise ship or yacht, by high-speed ferry or by plane from Pape’ete in Tahiti. Rent a scooter or car or take a LeTruck bus or minibus to explore the island. Tours include four-wheel drive expeditions and horse riding. Accommodation options range from campsites to upscale resorts.
It’s possible to visit Moorea just for one day, but it’s recommended to stay a few days to allow your body and mind to fully adapt to the slow pace on the island.
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The best staff.The snorkeling from over the water bungalows was the best!
Wonderful staff, beautiful resort, mesmerizing view, excellent breakfast, comfortable bed, beautiful bungalow over the water.
The overwater bungalows are made of daydreams and romantic movie scenes. The Saturday buffet and cultural entertainment is worth attending if you are juggling time between other islands. There is a laid-backness where service falls below expectations, and you have to sluff it off to, I don’t think ...
Cozy clean very self contained grounds safe quiet lovely people staying there lots of nature right by great snorkeling and kayaks available to go see the black tipped shares and majical rays . We highly recommend it only down side was the stove was tricky to use but my husband figured it out . Highly ...
This hotel is in a great location next to a beautiful beach with incredible clear water, coral and fish a few steps away. The rooms are fairly basic and do not have airconditioning, though with an extra fan (that reception provided upon request) the room was quite cool through the night. This is ...
The staff here, Jasmine and Michael, were very friendly and helpful. The food and drinks were very good and the location right on water was great. The snorkeling was good even though the reef is sick as is in many places. We stayed in #27 which was nice as the glass sliders faced the park and breezes ...