Travel Tours & Destinations
It doesn’t matter if it’s your first visit or your fiftieth – Moorea’s beauty is mind-blowing. You’ll steal your first glimpse from the main island of Tahiti (only 10 miles separate the two) and then as you arrive and Moorea’s towering green peaks and slender white beaches come into focus, you’ll be in awe over what nature has created for relaxation-starved visitors to enjoy. Best of all, Moorea travel couldn’t be easier: a 10-minute flight or 30-minute fast catamaran ride is all it takes to get from Tahiti’s bustling gateway, Papeete, to this laid-back Polynesian paradise.
Of course, your first thought is likely to be, I can’t wait to check in to my Moorea overwater bungalow. With an Islands in the Sun itinerary, that’s always an option as Moorea resorts are known for them, as well as for spacious beachfront suites and garden bungalows and villas with their own private pools. And as you sip a refreshing welcome cocktail and gaze from your private deck to the multi-hued lagoon, your state of mind will mimic Moorea’s – mellow, meditative and endlessly serene.
But Moorea isn’t just about navel gazing. There are serious land- and sea-based tours to be enjoyed in this Polynesian playground known as The Magical Island. Exploring Moorea’s mountains and valleys is both fun and easy with a 4X4 excursion that bounces up steep slopes to panoramic Magic Mountain and Belvedere Overlook and back down into verdant valleys filled with pineapple fields, vibrant orchids, exotic birds of paradise, and tropical plant leaves the size of dinner platters.
Moorea is also about testing your sea legs on aquatic adventures such as shark and stingray feeding, dolphin and whale watching, snorkeling and scuba diving, and parasailing and Jet Skiing. Plus the island’s small villages are home to shops selling local crafts and even made-on-Moorea flavored rums, and its resorts offer activities that range from swimming with dolphins to Polynesian dance lessons. Moorea also has Tahiti’s best golf course. What it doesn’t have is traffic jams, so it’s naturally stress-free.
Popular Sightseeing and Tours
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ATV Discovery Tour
After an easy test drive on the ATV Quads, you will start your adventure by discovering Cooks Bay. Then drive through the Paopao Valley by using the island ring road passing through pineapple fields before arriving at Le Belvedere Lookout Point for amazing views of Cooks and Opunohu Bays. You will continue to the interior trails of Opunohu and stop at the agricultural college where you discover various tropical plants, flowers and fruits, native to French Polynesia, including Jam and Fruit Juice tasting. Then ascend Magic Mountain, an optional hike that travels the last 300 feet (91 meters) to the summit for a stunning view of Moorea's North Shore. Tour operates daily at 9am and 1:30pm
Tiki Village Dinner & Show
Experience an unforgettable evening when you visit this traditional Polynesian village. You will enjoy a traditional feast and be entertained with Tahitian music and dancers. Time permitting, your admission includes a complimentary visit one afternoon to interact with the local artisans of the village. Transfers to/from your resort are included. Tour operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Moorea Dolphin Center Experience
Meet these amazing dolphins and enjoy their grace and agility. These remarkable creatures will parade in front of you, perform jumps and flips and show off. Encounter experiences offer hands-on contact, education and fun. Or you may want to get more up close and personal in the water with the dolphins, learn about marine biology, before you observe this incredibly skilled swimmer, underwater!
Set your own schedule and create your own adventure while exploring Moorea’s villages. Travel along the 37-mile road that circles the base of the mountain peaks, meet locals and travel to Belvedere lookout for views over the island and surrounding lagoons.
Moorea 4WD Safari
Enjoy an exciting half-day 4WD excursion through lush tropical valleys and up volcanic peaks for spectacular views of the island and lagoon. Learn about historical and archaeological sites, take a short hike to Belvedere lookout, and stop at a pineapple factory to sample local liqueurs and fruit juices. Tour operates daily, except Sunday.
Lagoon Excursion including Motu Picnic
Spend the day snorkeling and exploring the amazing underwater world in Moorea’s beautiful lagoon. You will have the opportunity to feed the colorful fish and rays, and swim with the sharks. Enjoy the afternoon on a motu (islet) and learn to husk a coconut and prepare the famous Tahitian poisson cru (fish marinated in coconut milk and lime juice). Tour operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course
The second 18 hole golf course in French Polynesia is located between Moorea’s lagoon and mountains.