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Moorea is an island in the Society Islands archipelago, only a few kilometers off the northwest coast of Tahiti.

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Points of Interest in Moorea

  • Belvedere Lookout. You can see sacred Mt. Rotui, Cook's Bay, and Opunohu Bay. There's also the ruins of an ancient temple located along the road to Belvedere Lookup.
  • Waterfalls. There are several scattered around the island. None are very big. All require some hiking. Some you are supposed to pay a few dollars to see although there may or may not be anybody around to accept payment.
  • Jus De Fruits De Moorea. The pineapple juice factory and distillery. Free tours of the factory floor have been discontinued, but the gift shop remains open along with the free sample of various liqueurs.

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About Moorea

Background

If you are visiting French Polynesia on a budget, Moorea is the place to be. Moorea is like Tahiti but cheaper and less touristy. It's mostly rural and farming is big. There are chickens everywhere; the roosters crowing at 6 am can get old after a few days.

Mosquitoes can be a problem away from the coast, so bear that in mind when selecting a place to stay.

There are only a few banks on Moorea located, and they are in the more populated villages. All banks are closed on Sundays. You can make currency exchanges at the major hotels, but at a lower rate. Plan accordingly.

Activities

  • Snorkeling. You can rent or buy snorkeling stuff but do yourself a favor and bring your own. Just about anywhere in the lagoon is pretty decent. The channel between Motu Fareone and Motu Tiahura off the northwest point is particularly nice. You can swim out to it from the beach but it's a long swim and there are strong currents in this area. Otherwise hire a boat. A good tour to take is Hiro's tour out of Club Bali. It is a reasonable price and you get to do a feeding with sharks, stingrays and also a picnic on a motu.
  • Surfing. Reef breaks mostly, not a good place for beginners.
  • Diving.
  • Hiking. There is a pretty extensive trail network on Moorea. Bring bug spray and lots of water because it's hot and humid and buggy. It also tends to be muddy.
  • 4x4 off-road tour. These are guided tours of Moorea's amazing interior. Trips will vary based on the tour company you choose. Most trips are about 4-hours in length and will travel to four distinct locations. Some of the locations visited are listed in the previous section. This is an easy method for visiting multiple locations in a short period of time. $50/person.
  • Horseback riding. This is a great way to see the beautiful interior of the island. Your guide will pick fresh fruits from trees and pineapples from the ground for you to eat when you reach the high lookout point. Wear jeans and good shoes. $55.00 per person.
  • Tiki Village. Instead of paying for your hotel's Tahitian buffet and show, spend the money and go to the Tiki Village for a much better dinner and show. You will be shown around a replica of a traditional Tahitian village, educated about the local Polynesians' way of life, served a buffet dinner, white and red wine included, then entertained by a talented 60-person troop of dancers, singers, and musicians. Transportation and tickets arranged by your hotel activities desk. $120 per person.
  • Moorea Store (Shopping), B.P. I380/98729 Papetoai/Moorea. The Moorea Store offers many things from souvenirs, to lotions to Black Pearls. Xavier and his Partner own the store and are very friendly and helpful. Xavier had the best prices for black pearls than anywhere we visited in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. He was very grateful for our business and gave us many items as gifts, even a beautiful black pearl to be made as a ring. This store is located across the road and to the right of the Intercontinental Resort and Spa.

Tuatini Activities is also operated by Xavier and his wife Taina, they provide Sunset cruises, Private tours, Motu transfers with Picnic, Motu rental, fare rental, wedding and Glass Bottom Boat. Tel (689) 74 32 50 and email Irioa@mail.pf

Food

The humid climate can cause a decrease in appetite. Thus locals tend to have many small meals or snacks though out the day.

  • Poisson cru is the way to go. Food trucks (roulottes) are also present though not like in Papeete.
  • Dairy products - Milk is not pasteurized and thus cheeses and yogurts are more flavorful.
  • Across the road from the ferry station is a pizza place well worth a visit. It's run by a French couple that speaks no English, but the menu has English explanations and the ham and pineapple are highly recommended.
  • There are also great pizza places just up the road from Club Bali and the Moorea Pearl Resort. Both are reasonably priced and you will get your money's worth. We hit either up when we have been in Moorea.
  • Baguette. The local bread. Make a sandwich with meat, cheese, etc.. Nothing fancy. Very portable. Along with a beer, this makes for good eats on the beach. 100 CFP.

Drinks

Every hotel has a bar and there are lots of little bars and restaurants around. But drinking in bars in French Polynesia is damn expensive. Your best bet is to buy some Hinano bombers at the store and drink on the beach.

You will be charged an additional 60XPF deposit fee when purchasing Hinano bottles larger than 12oz. You can redeem your deposit at any location that sells Hinano. The larger bottles are sent back to the Hinano brewery for reuse/refill.

Tabu is another local beer, only available in 12oz bottles and slightly more expensive compared to a 12oz bottle of Hinano. Tabu is better tempered to the Tahitian heat. Unlike Hinano, Tabu is very drinkable at all temperatures: cold, slightly chilled, or room temperature.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Moorea on Wikivoyage.

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