Believed to have inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Moorea is one of the most scenically striking islands in French Polynesia. Despite her immaculate beauty, she is far from unapproachable. Possessing a relaxed vibe and welcoming spirit, Moorea is just as warm and inviting as the Tahitians lucky enough to call this island home.
Located only ten nautical miles from Tahiti, Moorea is easily accessible by ferry or plane from Papeete. This proximity, coupled with the island's receptive and neighborly nature, makes Moorea a favorite destination for couples, families and locals. Still, Moorea has managed to maintain its small island feel despite this popularity and the presence of a few internationally branded resorts.
The attraction toward Moorea comes as no surprise; the island is a geographical marvel. Eight voluminous mountain peaks rise from its translucent lagoon, creating a distinctive and rugged silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Splitting the northern shore are two symmetrical bays: Cook's (Paopao) and Opunohu Bay. The island is roughly shaped like a heart from overhead; and in the theme of love and romance, Moorea is one of the top honeymoon destinations in Tahiti—second only to Bora Bora.
Moorea is the pride and joy of French Polynesia. She may be considered Tahiti's little sister, but she steals the spotlight every time. The island is a true reflection of the laid back Tahitian lifestyle and the warm, welcoming character of French Polynesia and its people.
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Moorea resorts offer a diverse selection of overwater bungalows and garden villas. These three, four and five-star accommodations include everything from the world-class Hilton,InterContinental, and Sofitel, to the more boutique Moorea Manava Beach Resort. There are also a few small hotels and private guesthouses known as pensions available throughout the island.
The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is centrally located on a sandy beach between Moorea's two iconic bays. This northern placement creates the perfect setting to admire both the sunrise to the east and the sunset to the west from the comfort of your own overwater bungalow. The resort is also easily accessible by scenic drive from the airport or ferry dock, taking ten or fifteen minutes respectively.
Tucked between the mountains and the lagoon on the northwest side of the island, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is bordered by a beautiful white sand beach and blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Each cheerful and spacious garden room, beachfront suite and overwater villa creates the ideal peaceful retreat, whether you are traveling as a couple or with a family.
The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Resort enjoys a secluded waterfront setting on one of the island's best white sand beaches. Located on the eastern side of Moorea, closest to the airport and ferry dock, this hotel is also the most convenient. Each spacious overwater, beachfront and garden bungalow is designed in a sleek, contemporary fashion and built with an impressive selection of natural materials.
The charming Manava Beach Resort & Spa maintains a boutique hotel feel and exudes the warm, welcoming ambiance characteristic of French Polynesia. Located on the northeast coast, this resort is only ten minutes from the airport and fifteen minutes from the ferry dock, meaning it still delivers on convenience while supplying a feeling of seclusion.
Located on the northwest corner of Moorea, Hotel Hibiscus is surrounded by a lush coconut grove and a beautiful white sand beach. Although slightly farther from the airport and ferry dock than the other resorts on the island, it provides a nice budget friendly option with traditional island charm and the utmost seclusion.
Les Tipaniers is a charming hotel located at Hauru Point on the scenic northwest coast of Moorea. It offers convenient access to the beach and Le Petit Village, a popular local shopping center with a variety of island boutiques perfect for purchasing souvenirs. The accommodations at the hotel include a selection of traditional bungalows, each with a private terrace overlooking the beach or the garden.
This unique landscape gives Moorea a reputation for being one of the best islands for adventure and activity—both on land and on the water. This means that newlyweds aside, a Moorea vacation is ideal for families, too. Many resorts on the island offer kids programs and amenities, free meals and fun activities suited for children of all ages.
On land, you can discover quaint villages and beaches along the waterfront or abundant pineapple plantations at the interior. It's very easy to rent a car and drive or even bike around the island in a day. You can also explore the scenic hillsides by 4x4 Jeep, ATV or on foot. There are a variety of hiking trails suitable for everyone from the casual walker to the high-intensity hiker. Moorea's newest adventure destination is the TikiParc where visitors of all ages can challenge themselves with multiple aerial, obstacle courses and zip lines. Regardless of how you prefer to get there, plan to see the view from Belvedere Lookout.
Other activities include golfing at the Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course, the only course in French Polynesia next to the Olivier Bréaud Golf Course in Tahiti; or visiting Moorea's Tiki Village for a traditional feast and authentic Polynesian dance show.
Discover Moorea`s volcanic peaks, crystalline waters and lush hillsides on an adventurous 4x4 Safari tour. Traverse and explore Moorea’s “Magic Mountain,” the “Belvedere Lookout”, Opunohu Bay and Cooks Bay. Vist the Agricultural College where you`ll discover a variety of plants native to these Polynesian islands. You`ll also stop at a pineapple plantation and visit the juice factory. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Zip through Moorea`s lush mountainous terrain with an exciting adventure course through the treetops. There are four courses available that vary in difficulty from walking nets and bridges to swings, rope ladders, and zip lines. The tour will begin with an introductory course after which you will select, with guidance from the staff, two courses to match your experience and comfort level that you can go through twice should you wish! Your exhilarating adventure will fly by as quickly as you fly between the trees.
Enjoy a 2-hour guided snorkeling and ray feeding excursion in the warm waters of Moorea. You`ll encounter a variety of marine life. Interact with stingrays in their natural habitat, and have a chance to feed them! Special Offer: buy one Jet Ski excursion and one ATV Tour and get the Snorkeling and Ray Feeding excursion for free. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Cross the fragrant pineapple plantations before entering the tropical forest path. From there climb to the Pass of the Three Coconuts where you may enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the ancient volcano. Finally, stop at the Tray of the Bounty for panoramic views at the foot of the volcano crater. Difficulty: moderate. Elevation gain: 850 feet. Operates: Everyday
Venture into Moorea`s lush interior along a forest trail that runs along the foot of the ancient caldera. Pass through fragrant pineapple fields before discovering the ancient archaeological sites and then the forest of the Tahitian chestnuts (mape). The hike culminates at the Pass of The Three Pines with views of magnificent Cook`s Bay. Difficulty: easy. Elevation gain: 660 feet. Operates: Everyday
This trail is arguably Moorea`s most popular hike. Begin with a hike along part of the crater to the edge of the volcanic funnel. From there climb to the Pass of the Three Coconuts where you may enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the ancient volcano. Difficulty: moderate. Elevation gain: 850 feet. Operates: Everyday
Enjoy the incredible sunsets French Polynesia is known for with a peaceful and romantic cruise aboard the Voil'a Moorea catamaran. Indulge in a maitai made with fresh local fruit juices while you sail between Cooks and Opunohu Bays, marveling at the brilliantly vibrant sunset views at every turn. Price is per person based on one couple traveling together. Operates: Everyday
Explore Moorea's beautiful lagoons with a 2-hour guided tour in a transparent kayak. Find sea turtles swimming along the lagoon floor, admire the coral gardens through the bottom of your kayak, and swim with rays and sharks before enjoying a fresh tropical juice on a secluded sandbank. Operates: Everyday
Enjoy a leisurely sailing cruise through the calm lagoon waters and outside the barrier reef of Moorea. Begin with a stop for snorkeling beside a beautiful sandbar where you will have the opportunity to jump in the shallow water and interact with the stingrays and small reef sharks. Return to the boat for a fruit platter and fresh fruit juices on your way to the next and final stop. Your next stop will allow you to explore a pristine coral garden between two motus. End your time on board enjoying panoramic views of Opunohu Bay as you gently sail back to your hotel. Price is per person based on one couple traveling together. Operates: Everyday
Open up on the open road and go for a cross-island adventure in your own roadster! You will feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you discover Moorea’s scenic coasts at your leisure, with your choice of a 4, 8 or 24 hour rental. Must have a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years old, and have a credit card for the deposit. Price is per person based on two people sharing a vehicle. Operates: Everyday
Take off on an unforgettable exploration of Moorea aboard the Honu Kea with your Polynesian guide, Captain Taina. A native of Moorea, she will tell you all about the tropical fish, turtles, coral and underwater landscape visible through the boat's glass-bottom panels. You will stop at a sand bank to have a close encounter with the playful rays and shy reef sharks before venturing on to a popular snorkeling stop where you may see the endangered green sea turtles.
Enjoy an evening dining at Holy Steak House, on the island of Moorea. Perched on a hillside and looking down across Moorea's lagoon, you can enjoy the magnificent view as you dine on their selection of the highest-grade beef and pork. Alternatively, poultry, fish, salads, and burgers are also available. Your dinner will include a starter, main course with side, and a dessert from a set menu.
Enjoy the beauty of Moorea`s lagoon on a 1-hour guided Jet Ski tour. You'll ride across turquoise waters while taking in scenic views of the island. Price is per person based on two people sharing a Jet Ski. Special Offer: Buy the Jet Ski Tour and the ATV Tour and get the Snorkeling and Ray Feeding Tour free. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Encounter wild dolphins and whales on an informative eco-tour led by marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole and his research team. You`ll watch for these magnificent creatures and learn all about them in the process. You`ll also stop for a relaxing snorkeling session in Moorea`s translucent lagoon. Operates: MON THU
Enjoy a guided tour of Moorea riding tandem on an ATV. You`ll explore the island`s beautiful landscapes. Traverse and explore Moorea’s “Magic Mountain,” the “Belvedere Lookout”, Opunohu Bay and Cooks Bay. Visit the Agricultural College where you'll discover a variety of plants native to these Polynesian islands. You'll also stop at a pineapple plantation and visit the juice factory. Price is per person based on two people sharing an ATV. Special Offer: Buy the Jet Ski Tour and the ATV Tour and get the Snorkeling and Ray Feeding Tour free. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Discover the marine life in Moorea without any prior dive experience. You`ll walk the ocean floor wearing an air-supplied helmet and be greeted by a variety of colorful fish and friendly stingrays. Your qualified dive instructor will assist you with the equipment, making this a fun and safe underwater excursion. Minimum 2 guests and a maximum of 8 guests per dive. Children under 6 years old not permitted. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
This semi private lagoon tour (with a maximum of 10 persons) will take you far away from the crowds. While you are welcome to observe the sea life from the comfort of the glass bottom boat, you are encouraged to get in the water and experience first hand, the abundant sea life below. Local guides will get in the water with you to teach you about everything from the fish, to the island and her legends and the Tahitian way of life. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Enjoy a guided tour by Cata Jet for 2 people, seated side by side. You will visit 2 bays, Opunohu and Cooks, on the west coast of Moorea with a stop for snorkeling and fruit tasting. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
One of Moorea`s most popular eateries! Enjoy a 3-course sunset dinner with wine pairing at the Moorea Beach Café, a lovely waterfront restaurant overlooking Moorea's beautiful lagoon. Transfers included. Open: Everyday
Take off on an unforgettable exploration of Moorea aboard the Honu Kea with your Polynesian guide, Captain Taina. A native of Moorea, she will tell you all about the tropical fish, turtles, coral and underwater landscape visible through the boat's glass-bottom panels. You will stop at a sand bank to have a close encounter with the playful rays and shy reef sharks before venturing on to a popular snorkeling stop where you may see the endangered green sea turtles. From there, you will head over to a private islet for a motu picnic where you will have time for lounging on the beach and snorkeling.
Join this semi-private tour (with a maximum of 12 guests) aboard a 35-foot traditional outrigger canoe for an unforgettable adventure. You’ll make stops for an encounter with the rays and black-tip reef sharks in shallow water, then enjoy local fruit and refreshment on a motu sand bar with time for snorkeling. A stop at a coral garden is next on the agenda before heading to a quiet white sand beach for a delicious lunch served with your feet in the water. Masks, snorkels, and towels provided. Operates: Everyday
Journey through Moorea and Opunohu Bay on an ATV. You`ll ride to Belvedere Viewpoint and the Agricultural College at Opunohu where you`ll discover a variety of tropical plants native to Polynesia. You`ll also stop near the river where you can go swimming at your leisure. This excursion will expose you to Polynesian culture and offer some of the most beautiful panoramic views on the island. Price is per person based on two people sharing an ATV. Operates: Everyday
Visit Tiki Village and experience a life in a ancient Tahitian village. You can see the making of heis (flower crowns) and learn about Tahitian tattooing, carving, and pareo painting. Then dine at a traditional Tahitian Feast while witnessing a spectacular Polynesian dance show. Operates: TUE WED FRI - from December to June 30th, operates TUE and FRI only.
Explore the island of Moorea from a true local's perspective. Begin your day with a visit to Magic Mountain for one of the best panoramic views of the island. From there, head to the crater and stop to enjoy the pineapple fields, Belvedere Point, the sacred marae and a vanilla plantation before enjoying a traditional Polynesian lunch on a private beach. The afternoon will give you time to enjoy the beach before heading inland to embark on a short, 15-minute, hike through the rainforest that ends at Afareaitu waterfall. You will have time for a refreshing swim at the clear, natural swimming hole located at the base of the waterfall.
Tour the island of Moorea at your own leisure in a rental car from Avis Pacificar. You can discover secluded beaches, visit the island`s villages, and enjoy the view from Belvedere Lookout. Price is per car, not per person for an automatic transmission. Other vehicles and durations available upon request. Must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 25 years old. Operates: Everyday
Meet the Dolphins of Moorea Dolphin Center. Includes 15 minutes of educational time with the dolphin trainers and 15 minutes of dolphin interaction. During the educational part, you will learn about marine mammals and particularly about dolphins, their evolution, anatomy and habits. Then accompanied by a trainer, you will join the dolphin in shallow water to touch him and play with him for an unforgettable experience. Children ages 2-8 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Operates: Everyday
Meet the Dolphins of Moorea Dolphin Center. Includes 15 minutes of educational time with the dolphin trainers and 15 minutes of dolphin interaction in deep water. During the educational part, you will learn about marine mammals and particularly about dolphins, their evolution, anatomy and habits. Then accompanied by a trainer, you will join the dolphin in deep water.
Explore Moorea by land and sea. Your day begins with a two-hour Jet Ski tour of Moorea's lagoon, including Cooks and Opunohu Bays, a stop to feed the rays, and snorkeling above the famous submerged statues. After your morning adventure, enjoy a 3-course lunch at the popular waterfront Moorea Beach Cafe and spend your afternoon on a 3-hour 4x4 tour of the island's lush interior with stops at Belvedere Lookout, a fruit juice factory, pineapple fields, a vanilla plantation and Polynesian marae. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Climb aboard a cata-jet and explore Opunohu Bay with your excursion guide. You`ll stop at the Hilton Moorea to begin your ATV adventure through the Opunohu Valley. Discover panoramic views of Opunohu and Cook`s Bay and pass a pineapple plantation. Once back on board the cata-jet, you`ll make a special stop and have the chance to get up close and personal with sharks and stingrays. You`ll then enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch on a secluded motu where you`ll watch a demonstration of how to make the island`s traditional dish, poisson cru. Price is per person based on two people sharing a cata-jet and ATV. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
There are few places in the world where you have the chance to swim with humpback whales in their natural environment - Moorea is one of them. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by taking a private tour with a marine biologist and cameraman who have had hundreds of close encounters with the whales and know where to find them. Operates: Everyday
Experience what it is like to effortlessly glide over the coral reef on this unique private snorkeling adventure tour with a marine biologist and cameraman. You will be pulled behind the boat on a tow board, giving you the feeling of a manta ray observing the coral gardens from above. Operates: Everyday
Freefall into one of the most incredible experiences imaginable. Skydive over the beautiful island of Moorea and enjoy breathtaking views of the gorgeous natural landscape. You`ll jump from a minimum height of 10,000 feet, securely harnessed to your personal skydiving instructor. VIP Honeymoon packages and private jumps are also available. Operates: TUE THU SAT SUN
This package of 10 dives can be used by one person or shared between two people (5 dives each). The dives can be split between Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Fakarava, Tikehau and Rangiroa. Operated by TopDive Dive Centers. Includes free Nitrox for all certified Nitrox divers.
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Belvedere Lookout Point, Moorea
ATV Excursion on Moorea
Dolphin Encounters at the InterContinental Moorea Resort's Dolphin Center