Moorea is known as the "Magical Island." This majestic paradise has served as a muse for many artists and writers and was the inspiration for the mythical "Bali Hai" in James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. But don't just let their work tell you what Moorea has to offer. You'll want to experience this island for yourself.
Moorea is one of the Society Islands and is located just 9 miles northwest of Tahiti
, making it very accessible. An easy 30-minute ferry ride or a short 12-minute flight from Papeete and you're there. To help get your bearings, click the map tab in the gallery to view the Moorea Map.
Moorea, a Favorite of the Repeat Visitor
This island is a favorite among locals, as well as repeat visitors.
You'll find an instant appreciation for Moorea's friendly people and laidback vibe.
Upon arrival, you'll find an instant appreciation for Moorea's friendly people and laidback vibe. The island features an interior ring of majestic, volcanic mountain peaks and two symmetrical bays: Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay. Because of this unique landscape, the island is roughly shaped like a heart from its aerial view. And in the theme of love and romance, the island of Moorea is also a very popular honeymoon
Should you decide on a Moorea Vacation
, you'll discover there is a diverse selection of activities to keep you busy. Water activities include everything from parasailing to sunset cruises and deep-sea fishing to whale watching with marine biologists. Popular land activities include golfing at the Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course or biking around the 36-mile road that encircles the island. You can also explore the island's interior by 4WD, ATV or by foot. There is a wide variety of hiking options available and Moorea's trails are suitable for everyone from the casual walker to the more serious hiker. Regardless of how you get there, you should definitely plan to see the view from the Belvedere Lookout....
We highly recommend that you visit Moorea's Tiki Village Theatre for a traditional feast, cultural demonstrations and an authentic Polynesian dance show. You should also experience the Moorea Dolphin Center. It's the only natural refuge in Tahiti where you can swim with dolphins and is a perfect activity for families with children.
There are a wide variety of accommodation choices available on Moorea. There are many four-star and five-star Moorea resorts, small hotels and private guesthouses known as pensions.
Moorea is one of the more popular choices in Tahiti, and for good reason. The island itself is a true reflection of the easy-going lifestyle and the warm, welcoming character of French Polynesia and its people.