Destination

Moorea

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Good reasons to visit

  • A pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
  • A preserved and sumptuous natural environment (valleys, bays, waterfalls, gazebo).
  • Magnificent archaeological sites.
  • The possibility of visiting pineapple and other crop plantations.
  • Moorea Green Pearl Golf course (18 holes).
  • Dolphin and whale encounters and tours (in season).
  • A wide range of quality restaurants around the island.
  • Many inland and nautical activities.

Do not miss

  • Cook’s Bay, Opunohu Bay and Atiha Bay,
  • the “Belvédère” with its panoramic view on the bays and the impressive Mt Rotui in the middle,
  • Temae beach,
  • the octagonal temple of Papetoai,
  • Afareaitu’s waterfalls,
  • the archaeological sites of Opunohu valley,
  • Paopao’s market place,
  • the Moorea Dolphin Center and the Turtle Center at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa
  • the fruit juice factories of Moorea and Manutea (with visit and tropical fruit tasting),
  • the Tiki Village Theatre,
  • « Maison de la Nature du Mou’a Roa » where nature wonders are awaiting you,
  • Moorea Tropical Garden.

Did you know that?

  • Moorea used to be called Aimeho or Eimeo in the past.
  • Moorea means “yellow lizard”.
  • The highest summit of the island is the Mt Tohiea (more than 1 200 m in height).
  • The Papetoai’s temple is one of the most ancient European constructions in Polynesia (1827).
  • There are very beautiful ancestral platforms of archery in the valley of Opunohu. Archery was not practiced by warriors but exclusively the male elite of the aristocracy as a sacred game.

Description

Moorea, the sister island of Tahiti, is situated 7 minutes away by plane. You will be enthralled by the beauty of the island renowned for its serenity and a striking change of scenery. The combination of beauty and easy access make Moorea one of the most popular destinations in Polynesia both for the local and the international clientele.
Moorea has the unusual shape of an equilateral triangle with the base deeply indented by two great bays, Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, dominated by the imposing peak Mount Rotui with a summit of 3 000 ft. The island is divided into several coastal villages commonly referred as districts. A luxurious vegetation, an island perimeter bordered with magnificent hibiscus, a lagoon with crystalline waters, beaches of white sand, a peaceful way of life, these are some of the charms of the sister island to which many artists have succumbed to the point of making it their home.
A number of good restaurants are situated all around the island and offer excellent French, Chinese or Italian cuisine, not to mention local specialties. Tourist activities are numerous and varied. They allow you to discover the lagoon and its marvels as well as the interior of the island with its multiple natural and cultural sites. Golfers will also appreciate the tropical setting of the only golf course in Moorea located in Temae.
Finally, Moorea is also the ideal place to observe dolphins all year round or watch the impressive hump-backed whales during the whale-watching season.

Things to do


Nautical activities :

  • Dolphin watching,
  • whale watching (from July to October),
  • swimming with the dolphins at the Moorea Dolphin Centre,
  • scuba diving,
  • swimming and snorkelling,
  • walking under the sea,
  • outrigger canoe tour around the island including discovery of underwater sea life (tropical fishes, rays, sharks, etc...) and picnic lunch on a “motu”(islet),
  • lagoon cruises,
  • glass bottom boat tour,
  • ocean walk with a helmet dive,
  • stand up paddle boarding on the lagoon,
  • jet skiing,
  • kitesurfing,
  • surfing,
  • parasailing,
  • motor boat rentals,
  • deep sea fishing.


Inland activities :

  • Circle island tour,
  • 4WD safaris,
  • quad bike tours,
  • hiking,
  • visit of the archaeological sites,
  • canyoning,
  • horseback riding,
  • golfing (18-hole course),
  • bicycle, scooter and car rentals.


Relaxation center(s) and spa :

  • Hélène Spa by Hélène Sillinger, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa hotel,
  • Le Spa, Sofitel Hotel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort hotel,
  • Moorea Lagoon Spa, Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa hotel,
  • Manea Spa Moorea, Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa hotel,
  • Legends Beauty Spa, Legends Resort hotel.


Other(s) :

  • Art galleries,
  • Polynesian dance classes at “Atelier Te Oro”,
  • traditional weddings.

Geography

  • Surface area : 51 sq. miles
  • Circumference : 62 km (38,5 miles)
  • Highest peak : Mount Tohiea (1207 m = 3,960 ft)
  • Districts : Temae (airport), Maharepa, Paopao, Pihaena, Papetoai, Haapiti Atiha, Maatea, Afareaitu (administrative center and hospital), Vaiare (with the Ferry pier and marina) and Teavaro.
  • Population : approx. 16,208 inhabitants

Practical information

  • Tourist information : at the Vaiare ferry pier,
  • Bank(s) : 4 agencies with 2 « Banque de Polynésie »,,  1 « Banque Socredo » and 1 « Banque de Tahiti ». ATMs.
  • Post office(s): in Maharepa and Papetoai.
  • Public phone(s) : Paopao, Papetoai, Tiahura, Varari, Haapiti, Maatea and Afareaitu.
  • Shop(s) : TOA supermarket near Vaiare ferry dock, Maharepa shopping center (laundromat, bookshop, pastry shop & more), the Haapiti Petit Village shopping center (jewellery shop, cigarette & bookshop, etc...). And also, a variety of souvenir shops and art galleries located all round the island.
  • Restaurant(s) : French & International cuisines, Asian food, Italian and local cuisine.
  • Medical services : 1 hospital (Afareaitu), 2 health centers, 1 infirmary, private doctors and drugstores.

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