Moorea

Travel Guide
Cook\'s Bay featuring mountains and tranquil scenes
Snorkel in clear waters, ride on horseback through lush mountains and eat fresh fish in beachside restaurants in this peaceful island paradise.

Moorea, with its dream-like scenery, French cuisine and tropical climate, almost seems too good to be true. Yet, it’s there, just 19 kilometres (12 miles) west of Tahiti, and waiting to be discovered. Read a book under a palm tree on a picture-perfect beach or visit the island’s breathtaking waterfalls, sacred mountains and charming Polynesian villages.

The triangular-shaped island of Moorea, pronounced Moe-oh-re-ah, is one of the Windward Islands. Moorea is smaller and less visited than Tahiti, which means you can still enjoy this South Pacific paradise without having to pay top prices.

Choosing which of the island’s pristine beaches and coves you want to visit first is your only challenge. Take your pick from black- or white-sand beaches and decide if you want to play in the waves or swim in sheltered bays. The main beaches are Cook’s Cove and Opunohu Bay. Go scuba diving, snorkelling or surfing around the island’s outer reefs. The sea life is abundant here, and you can see many colourful fish and marine mammals.

If you would rather stay dry, hike the island’s network of paths through the mountainous interior. Follow the Belvedere View track to the top and enjoy views of the shoreline as well as Mount Rotui and Mount Tohiea. Be sure to taste the local produce drink cocktails with pineapple juice or coconut water in one of the beachside bars and try Tahitian seafood dishes.

Get to Moorea on a cruise ship or yacht, by high-speed ferry or by plane from Pape’ete in Tahiti. Rent a scooter or car or take a LeTruck bus or minibus to explore the island. Tours include four-wheel drive expeditions and horse riding. Accommodation options range from campsites to upscale resorts.

It’s possible to visit Moorea just for one day, but it’s recommended to stay a few days to allow your body and mind to fully adapt to the slow pace on the island.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea
Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea
4 out of 5
BP 3410, TEMAE, MAHAREPA, Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands, 98713
The price is $357 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (730 reviews)
"Friendly staff well cared for grounds and facilities"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
Papetoai, PK 14, Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands, 98729
The price is $528 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (754 reviews)
"Superb hospitality and professionalism by every staff!"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa
Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort
Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Bp 28 Maharepa, Moorea-Maiao, Windward Islands, 98728
The price is $535 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (371 reviews)
Great Stay
"Great overwater suites with friendly staff"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pension Fare Maheata
Pension Fare Maheata
2.5 out of 5
Pihaena Papetoai Pk 14,3 Côté Mer, 9872, Moorea-Maiao, 98728
The price is $142 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this beach aparthotel in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (26 reviews)
"The location,the service and the amenities"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Pension Fare Maheata
Miri by Lagoon Dream Fully equipped charming house with sea front infinity pool
Miri by Lagoon Dream Fully equipped charming house with sea front infinity pool
MOOREA, Moorea
Stay at this beach vacation home in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a beach locale. Popular attractions The Sea Turtles Care Center and Coco ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
A comfortable paradise
"We were greeted at the security gate by Jing the owner and concierge with a big smile of welcome. We sat with her while our room was readied and bonded over shared life experiences and friendship. Jing had arranged a taxi for us as well as a E car. Both greatly appreciated. The bungalow was well ..."

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

Miri by Lagoon Dream Fully equipped charming house with sea front infinity pool
Moana by Lagoon Dream Fully equipped house with seafront pool
Moana by Lagoon Dream Fully equipped house with seafront pool
Papetoai, Moorea
Stay at this beach vacation home in Moorea-Maiao. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a beach locale. Popular attractions The Sea Turtles Care Center and Coco ...
Moana by Lagoon Dream Fully equipped house with seafront pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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