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Cook's BayFrench Polynesia

Moorea’s eastern bay shelters the island’s largest commune and has magnificent mountain views, secluded swimming spots and a range of hotels and restaurants.

Experience one of Moorea’s finest waterfront destinations when you visit Cook’s Bay. One of the two twin bays on the island’s breathtaking north coast, Cook’s Bay is renowned for its matchless views of Moorea’s mountainous interior and the forested hillsides that cascade into the bay’s calm waters. Travel around the deep u-shaped bay on foot, by scooter or by car and visit the waterfront precinct of Pao Pao, the island’s largest commune.

Also known as Pao Pao Bay for its proximity to the town, Cook’s Bay contains some of Moorea’s most accessible attractions. Jump on your scooter or take a drive around the picturesque bay. The commune of Piha’ena lies on the northwestern edge of the mouth of the bay. The road travels south along the water’s edge, with palm-fringed shores on one side and pretty terraces of pineapple plantations on the other.

Continue south to find St. Joseph Catholic Church, which marks the beginning of Pao Pao’s communal boundaries. This township reaches deep into the valleys of the island’s mountainous interior. From here, you can join up with the road that winds up the slopes of Mount Tohivea to the Belvedere Lookout.

Along the eastern banks of the bay, you’ll find the local seafood market, a collection of restaurants and some waterfront hotels with views of the Moua Puta and Moua Roa peaks. In the distance you’ll see the jagged summit of Mount Rotui. Peruse the daily catch at the market or take a seat at one of the restaurants to enjoy local cuisine, which fuses French influence with the magnificent tropical produce grown locally. On the northeastern mouth of Cook’s Bay, you’ll find Cook’s Beach. Go for a swim in one of the pretty beaches and snorkel amid the offshore coral.

Cook’s Bay is located on the northern coast of Moorea. The bayside drive is easy for a rental car or scooter. Alternatively, join a charter tour of the island. The region is free to visit at any time.

Top Hotels in Cook's Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Kaveka
Hotel Kaveka
2.5 out of 5
B.P. 373, Maharepa, Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands
The price is $149 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in Moorea-Maiao, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Maison Blanche, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Temae Beach and Temae ...

3.6/5Good! (153 reviews)
Nice

"Nice bamboo bungalows with AC and nice restaurant with great view. Staff vary nice. Options to rent bike or scooter etc exist."…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Hotel Kaveka
Villa Ohana Moorea - Deluxe Villa With Private Beachfront
Villa Ohana Moorea - Deluxe Villa With Private Beachfront
Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands

Situated in Moorea-Maiao, this villa is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Maison Blanche and within 6 mi (10 km) of Temae Beach and Temae Beach. Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Beautiful house with great views

"This house had the most amazing views of Cooks Bay and its cliffs. I was not prepared for how enchanting the views were and how lovely the island of Moorea is. I would say it was my favorite island. The house itself was very well done with super comfortable beds, great outdoor space and a large kitchen ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Villa Ohana Moorea - Deluxe Villa With Private Beachfront
Villa Oramarama - Moorea
Villa Oramarama - Moorea
4 out of 5
Baie de Cook, Moorea-Maiao

This Moorea-Maiao vacation home is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Ta'ahiamanu Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Temae Beach and Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course. ...

Villa Oramarama - Moorea

Popular places to visit in Cook's Bay

Papeete Market
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Papeete Market

4/5(194 reviews)

Divine aromas, delightful tastes and a sea of color stir the senses in this traditional marketplace full of exotic fruit, tropical fish and handmade artifacts.

Temae Beach
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Temae Beach

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Find your own patch of paradise at this spacious public beach with soft, white sands and a fringing reef to explore with your snorkel and mask.

Tiahura Beach
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Tiahura Beach

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Stretch out on the sand and watch yachts sailing across the azure horizon or explore the clear waters offshore to see sharks, rays and tropical fish.

Moorea Tropical Garden
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Moorea Tropical Garden

4/5(46 reviews)

Get your fix of delicious sweet treats, freshly squeezed juices and homemade jams at this idyllic little farming estate overlooking the lagoon of Opunohu Bay.

Papeete Town Hall
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Papeete Town Hall

4/5(56 reviews)

This inspiring structure is the city’s preeminent architectural triumph with its bright colonial features, picturesque grounds and iconic clock tower.

Black Pearl Museum
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Black Pearl Museum

4/5(37 reviews)

One of the largest pearls ever found is displayed in this museum which is entirely dedicated to the mystical gems.

Top things to do in Cook's Bay

Aito 4 Wheel-Drive Safari Half-Day Tour
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Aito 4 Wheel-Drive Safari Half-Day Tour

$48
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Moorea Intimate Snorkeling & Water Lunch Tour
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Moorea Intimate Snorkeling & Water Lunch Tour

$95
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Snorkeling Tour at Moorea Lagoonarium
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Snorkeling Tour at Moorea Lagoonarium

$72
Per adult
Safari Tour 4x4
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Safari Tour 4x4

$57
Per adult
Half-Day Belvedere Circle Island Tour
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Half-Day Belvedere Circle Island Tour

$42
Per adult
Moorea Lagoon Tour by Transparent Kayak
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Moorea Lagoon Tour by Transparent Kayak

$40
Per adult

Cities near Cook's Bay

Moorea Tropical Garden showing food

Otumai

Maharepa

Maharepa

Moorea Tropical Garden featuring a park and wildflowers as well as a small group of people

Pihaena