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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.
We stayed in one of the overwater bungalows and it was so worth the cost! The water was beautiful and easy to swim in straight from our porch. The water was so clear and undisturbed from waves or boats. If you're considering doing an overwater bungalow, definitely do it here or in Bora Bora! Tahiti ...
First time staying at this property and it did not disappoint. Recommend for sure.
We had a beach front room that was absolutely beautiful. The bathroom was really nice and modern. with the outdoor area which could be accessed from the shower. The king bed was super wide. The furniture behind the head of the bed was a nice transition to the bathroom. Loved the mahogany and teak ...
We loved the included water activities. When they were replacing sand on the beach they gave us a free boat ride to the moth which had great snorkeling with rays and fish.
Location was great! Beautiful views, fairly close to the airport, friendly people who were accommodating and good food. What I didnt like was for the price you pay the property needs some serious maintenance. Tile was falling off the bathroom walls, fixtures were heavily caulked, the a/c did not ...
The property and experience was magical! Every single piece of furniture, art work and the unique decorations are beautiful and a very personal reflection of Elaine. We could have spent months exploring the main common area and the gardens at every turn provided us with something new to admire. Elaine ...
Distance is the problem - 25 miles from town/mountain top and up/at the opposite end of the island where is nothing to do! No transportation /must rent a car USD$100 day. Taxi USD$35 to town each way Owners charge to pick you up from town. No beach to enjoy nearby (except walking on stones) Owners ...
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