Society Islands

Moorea

Moorea is a magic island of a beauty as wild as it is captivating, where emerald mountains rise from the sandy beaches like towers over pineapple plantations, ivory beaches and the reflecting lagoon.

The island is located less than 10 minutes away from Tahiti travelling by plane, and half an hour away if ferry is the chosen way of transportation. In Moorea we will find pastel-colored houses surrounded by hibiscus gardens and paradise birds, filling the folkloric yet simple villages that dwell the island.

There's not a town in Moorea that is capable of being considered a point of reference, as there are some in Tahiti . Here we will only find some areas spread out along the main road, with little store clusters selling miscellaneous articles, local crafts and hand-painted fabric (pareos).

One of the finest attractions to be found in Moorea is the Belvedère, a lookout point located right atop one of the highest peaks of the island, placed between the Opunohu and Cook bays, from where you can see all the island's marvels in a fantasy environment. Plus, the trip to the Belvedère itself is nothing but charming, making its way in a 4WD vehicle through the jungle's ancestral paths while guides will talk about plantations and maraes (shrines) around the area.

From the Belvedère you can also see how the Opunohu and Cook bays steal terrain from the island to get inland, filling the coast with night blue waters and enlightning its beauty it with the peaceful yachts anchored at its surface.

The road around the island is 42 miles long, because of which it can be easily driven around by car or scooter in no time, or even by bike for fitness lovers.

Anyone visiting Moorea will not be able to simply stop thinking in the come-back after having swam with dolphins, seen Tiki Village's traditional shows or discovered the exuberant inner side of the island in a jeep to unveil its mysteries.

Diving

Moorea, Tahiti's sister island, is a 5-minute flight away from the Tahiti Faa'a International Airport. Famous for its warm and clear waters, Moorea will surprise visitors with its abundant festival of colors comprising all kinds of tropical fish. There are ...

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Moorea

Moorea is a magic island of a beauty as wild as it is captivating, where emerald mountains rise from the sandy beaches like towers over pineapple plantations, ivory beaches and the reflecting lagoon.

The island is located less than 10 minutes away from Tahiti travelling by plane, and half an hour away if ferry is the chosen way of transportation. In Moorea we will find pastel-colored houses surrounded by hibiscus gardens and paradise birds, filling the folkloric yet simple villages that dwell the island.

There's not a town in Moorea that is capable of being considered a point of reference, as there are some in Tahiti . Here we will only find some areas spread out along the main road, with little store clusters selling miscellaneous articles, local crafts and hand-painted fabric (pareos).

One of the finest attractions to be found in Moorea is the Belvedère, a lookout point located right atop one of the highest peaks of the island, placed between the Opunohu and Cook bays, from where you can see all the island's marvels in a fantasy environment. Plus, the trip to the Belvedère itself is nothing but charming, making its way in a 4WD vehicle through the jungle's ancestral paths while guides will talk about plantations and maraes (shrines) around the area.

From the Belvedère you can also see how the Opunohu and Cook bays steal terrain from the island to get inland, filling the coast with night blue waters and enlightning its beauty it with the peaceful yachts anchored at its surface.

The road around the island is 42 miles long, because of which it can be easily driven around by car or scooter in no time, or even by bike for fitness lovers.

Anyone visiting Moorea will not be able to simply stop thinking in the come-back after having swam with dolphins, seen Tiki Village's traditional shows or discovered the exuberant inner side of the island in a jeep to unveil its mysteries.

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Activities in Moorea

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Diving on Moorea

Moorea, Tahiti's sister island, is a 5-minute flight away from the Tahiti Faa'a International Airport. Famous for its warm and clear waters, Moorea will surprise visitors with its abundant festival of colors comprising all kinds of tropical fish. There are turtles, moray eels, triggerfish and much more. Moorea is internationally known for its shark-feeding. And it's a particularly good place for watching humpback whales (in season).


DIVING SPOTS

Le Tiki:
Spot located near the village of Tiahura . Maybe not a great sight to see, but the fauna here is one of the most varied around. Grey sharks, lemon sharks, black tip sharks, silver tip sharks, barracudas, etc.

Aquarium:
The ideal spot for beginners to start in, it's not very deep and is really teeming with parrotfish. Good for a baptism dive.

Taotoi:
As soon as guests arrive on the dive spot, they will be welcomed by a big and curious napoleon fish, who will maybe follow them in their underwater discovery. Black tip sharks, pipefish, jackfish, giant triggerfish and big moray eels.

Rays' Corridor:
The "rays' ballet" happens here, just off Papetoai Point, in a spot ideal for beginners and intermediate divers. Rays, sharks.

The Roses' Garden:
An exceptional coralline construction comprising multiple-story buildings of the underwater city. One of the best known in Polynesia . Lemon sharks, tunas.

The Opunohu Canyons:
Succession of drops and cave-like never ending canyons narrowed by coral walls. Lemon sharks, moray eels, turtles, lion fishes.

The Opunohu Wreck:
Was it a war galleon or a cargo ship? Was it German or French? Located right near the entrance to the Opunohu Bay , this is a beautiful sunken shipwreck.

The Opunohu Walls:
Two great headlands full of fish crown this underwater expedition that sneaks through coral walls of abundant fauna. Surgeon fish, red snappers, black tip sharks.

The Taota Pass:
A drift dive of strong currents where there are not a lot of divers to be found, but the fauna is incredible due to the communicating inner and outer waters.

Aito:
Drifting dive along the Aito drop, watching barracudas, turtles, grey and lemon sharks.

Temae:
Supposedly one of the (if not the) nicest diving spots in the island, it goes up to the shore along the coral reef which ends on a white sand beach. Discover sand eels and beautiful coral patches.

Diving clubs

Iaora Diving

The new diving center from the renewed Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort has the latest in diving technology, thus offering different excursions in Moorea's lagoon.

http://www.iaoradiving.com

Moorea Blue Diving

It offers three dives a day, one for beginners, one for experienced divers and a later nightdive. With a young and dynamic team, it specializes in turtles and sharks. Based in Manava Moorea hotel. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.mooreabluediving.com

Moorea Fundive

Complete dive center with souvenirs shop, several diving equipments and a variety of tours to offer, located in the Maharepa Village. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.moorea-fundive.com/fr

Scubapiti

Offering 3 excursions a day, every day, one for beginners and two for experienced divers. It's located in "Les Tipaniers" hotel. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

https://www.scubapitimoorea.com

TOPDive

TOPDive, Polynesia's biggest diving center, has two clubs in Moorea, located in Hilton and Intercontinental hotels.

https://topdive.com

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