Discover the natural beauty of Moorea: a tropical paradise not to be missed. Known as the sister island because of its proximity to Tahiti, Moorea, like Bora Bora, Raiatea and Huahine, is in the Society Islands. The distinguishing feature of the destination is its two large bays, Cook and Opunohu, which are separated by Mount Rotui and give the island its trident form. Formerly called “Aimeho” or “Eimeo”, Moorea, with its luxuriant vegetation and exceptional lagoon, is an ideal place to wind down and recharge your batteries. Whether in a couple, with family and friends, or on your own, you’ll enjoy your stay on the sister island.
What makes it so special
Why visit Moorea?
On the lagoon
Encircled by a magnificent coral reef which has 12 passes, Moorea is the perfect destination if you like watersports or if you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to unwind. The two bays are areas of multiple sporting actvities. Divers will enjoy discovering the diversity of marine life in the lagoon, You can also explore the bays and the superb scenery around them by kayak or paddleboard.
The more adventurous can go on a deep sea fishing expedition and possibly come back with one of the giants of the sea! You’ll also have the chance to appreciate the beauty of the island from a completely different angle. And if you’d like to participate in the preservation of the environment, you can help a local association which replants and cares for the coral in the lagoon.
On the mountains
The island is a veritable paradise for lovers of nature and devotees of green tourism. With eight mountains, the island offers a choice of magnificent hiking trails leading to stunning scenec viewpoints. Explore the marae and appreciate the calm that reigns there. These stone platforms are the sacred places of the ancient Polynesians, where they once held religious and other ceremonies.
If you’re seeking thrills, there’s a treetop adventure park, complete with ziplines, which should keep your adrenaline pumping! Moorea is small enough for you to make a tour of the island in less than a day, even if you stop off to admire the pineapple plantations and sample some of the deliciously sweet fruit.
Not to be missed
What to do in Moorea
Spend a day on the lagoon: A nautical excursion is the perfect way to get a first look at Moorea and discover the beauty of its lagoon
The valley of Opunohu: A sight that’s definitely not to be missed is the view from the ‘Belvedere’ scenic viewpoint at Opunohu.
The deep blue
The island of Moorea has numerous beaches, both public and private. Each of them has its own unique characteristics. Some are more popular with locals and foreign visitors because they’re equipped with facilities. Others have an isolated, intimacy. But they all have the same soft white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, and each is in an idyllic setting, where you can relax and soak up the sun. Refresh yourself in the warm sea, or take part in one of the many nautical activities available, then settle down in the shade of a tree for an afternoon nap. Whether you’re on an isolated motu or at a poplular spot on the main island, a day spent on the beach in Moorea is a day well spent.
You’ll also enjoy
Eating out in Moorea
From simple food trucks to fine dining restaurants, dining out in Moorea is always an experience rich in local flavor. On the beach, in the hills, on a terrace over the water or a motu in the middle of the lagoon, the food is as good as the view.
Moorea has many unique experiences to offer visitors looking for adventure and discovery. Follow the pineapple trail and taste some of the island’s deliciously sweet fruit, and sample the rums and spirits produced from them. And, for an unusual ecological experience, adopt a piece of coral and assist in its plantation on the reef. You’ll experience something different in Moorea.
Vacation packages for Moorea
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Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti
Bora Bora, Moorea, Rangiroa, Tahiti
Moorea, Raiatea, Tahiti
Vacations in Moorea
There is a vast choice of accommodation in Moorea,
whether you’re looking for a hotel, a luxury resort, a Tahitian Guesthouse or a campsite, you’ll find the perfect blend
of luxury, comfort and Polynesian charm. Overwater bungalows above the crystal clear lagoon, or private villas nestled in luxuriant tropical gardens, each establishment promises a unique experience. Enjoy the personalized services of a gastronomic restaurant and a sumptuous spa with a magnificent view over the island. Whether you’re visiting as a couple, with family or in a group, Moorea has such a variety of accommodation that you’re certain to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Four days in Moorea
The island offers a multitude of activities, both on land and at sea. Vast bays and endless beaches to visit, lagoon excursions, hiking trails, historic sites and lots, lots more. Here is our suggested itinerary for a four day visit to Moorea.
Getting there and getting around
From Tahiti you have two options to get to Moorea. Firstly, you can get there, by boat, which is either a passenger ferry that takes about 45 minutes, or a rapid shuttle that makes the crossing in just 25 minutes. Both leave from the ferry terminal in Papeete, a short taxi ride from the airport. The second option is to fly to Moorea, which takes 15 minutes from Tahiti-Faa’a airport.
There are many car rental companies in both Tahiti and Moorea, and you can also rent bikes and motor scooters. To be sure of the best rates, it is preferable to reserve your car in advance.
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