Moorea Travel Guide

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  • Temae Beach, view of Tahiti.
    Temae Beach, view of Tahiti.
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Moorea Things to Do

  • Water activity

    If you're going to Moorea and want to try something out of the ordinary? Paddleboard is a must! You'll be wasting your time if you look any further than Moorea Paddleboards. Their top-quality gear and helpful crew mean that you don't need to be a paddleboard pro to enjoy the ride. The tours operate out of the Intercontinental but pick-ups can be...

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  • Island activity

    The Tiki Village on Moorea Island was one of the high lights of our trip. It is a recreation of a village that is very well done. It gives you a chance to see how the natives lived before the whiteman came and took it all away. You are greeted at the entrance of the village by natives dressed in their traditional dress and music. Be sure to head...

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  • Belvedere

    One of the best places to enjoy the views of Moorea is from the Belvedere, which I believe is Italian for "Great View". It is all of that and more. From here you can see a view of Cook's bay, all the mountains that create Moorea's volcano and also most of the water view on this side of the island. There is a small shop at the top for drinks and...

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Moorea Hotels

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Moorea Restaurants

  • Can't Go Wrong with Pizza in Moorea!

    Although this is one of the last restaurants that we went to while we are on Moorea, I wrote this tip first because when you visit you will notice just how many pizza restaurants there are. It seems to be the national food of Moorea! Although we did not try all of the Pizza places, we did stop in at Chez Luciano for a great piece of Pizza Pie!While...

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  • The Restaurant with Two Names!

    As we sat in the lobby of our hotel room waiting for "pickup" which you will learn is the key to dining in Moorea, another couple which we had transported with a night before was sitting there waiting for their ride. We conversed again, and they mentioned going to Chez Rodger, the place named "Best on the Island" by many people. I replied... well I...

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  • Best Dish in a Moorean Restaurant!

    Please heed this warning now!As many of you know, I go 6'3 and 300 lbs, so I know good food when I taste it. I also enjoy a good bit of spice, as I see no point in eating bland food. I know what good food is!If you are a true "foodie" skip over everything else on the menu at Le Mahogany and go straight for the curried shrimp here. It truly is the...

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Moorea Nightlife

  • The Fellas

    An after thought..... Here's a pic of William, Animal and hubby after a few beers haha :o) Isn't it great, mixing with locals!!!! ;o)

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  • A tahitian sunset.

    A tahitian sunset. No, it's not my pic,.. I admit, I cheated. But I had to buy this postcard because I didn't get to see a sunset. (the boat broke down). Isn't it georgous!!!!

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  • Wonderful sunsets

    Moorea has wonderful sunsets. When you are located in one of the Bays or on the West Coast you will have the best view. Geisha_Girl, who was in Moorea a couple of weeks after me, called them the "tangerine sunsets", well that's exactly how they look.

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Moorea Transportation

  • Ferry

    They say it takes 7 minutes to fly from Papeete to Moorea and vice versa but why would you fly if its only 30 minutes on the ferry and is alot cheaper. The ferry even holds cars. You can drive right on to the ferry with your car. The ferry cost about $9 so it is very affordable.

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  • Automobile

    You dont really need a car to go around the island. You can rent a scooter, or bikes or do a tour. Renting a car is pricey especially if you want a 4x4 jeep. You are looking at 90 to 100 dollars for 24 hours. We didnt rent it for the whole time we were there. We only got it for a 24 hour period and for us, that was enough. We had seen everything we...

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  • Plane

    From Tahiti, the quickest way to reach Moorea is to fly this tiny airplane. A funny flight actually, very noisy and not that reassuring, although you can control each of the pilot's moves : there is no door separating him from his passengers... It was very strange to see him push on all those buttons and then turn to us and ask "Ready?" :-) Sit...

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Moorea Shopping

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  • A little of Everything at the White...

    As I am sure you will sense a theme reading most of my French Polynesian tips, we found the island to be quite expensive. So read my tips with relative terms :)La Maison Blanche was one of the calms in the storm of high prices from my opinion, having many more affordable items. In hindsight, I should have bought more of our souvenirs for people...

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  • Herman Pearl

    It seems that there is a black pearl shop every 5 meters on Moorea…:-) We checked the prices in the area of Hotel Hibiscus and it turned out that Herman Pearl was the one that offered the most interesting discounts. The shop assistant kindly explained to us a few things about how the pearls are made and how long it takes to grow them. We also...

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  • Curios

    The Curios are those little souvenir shops that you can find everywhere on the island and selling everything from the wooden objects to the pareu and monoi oil.This one on the picture, Terani curios, is at the same time the starting point for the Lagoonarium and mainly sells black pearls for a cheaper price than the jewellery shops.

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Moorea Local Customs

  • Hinano Tahiti

    I saw two different local beers. I cant remember the name of the other one but this one was called Hinano. It was very good. Taste similar to Stella. We drank this the whole time we were here.

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  • Tattoos

    So it is said that the word tattoo originated in Tahiti. The legend of Tohu, the god of tattoo, describes painting all the oceans’ fish in beautiful colors and patterns. In Polynesian culture, tattoos have long been considered signs of beauty, and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolescence.Since my husband is polynesian...

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  • The Polynesians invented tattooing

    The Polynesians invented tattooing - the process of 'hammering' ink under the skin to leave pictures or artistic designs.It is very common for Polynesians to have tattoos, and they do not have any stigma associated with them like they do in some places in the West.If you want a Polynesian tattoo, it is very easy to get one done with several places...

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Moorea Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful walking on the road at night:...

    Moorea is probably my favorite place on earth. But be careful walking at night on the road at night. There are a lot of dogs. Not wild dogs. Peoples' dogs. If you walk in front of their house, the dogs will come rushing out and sometimes are aggressive. We had to abandon a few late night jaunts. Shining a flash light at them seemed to help but it...

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  • Harmless coconuts…

    …sometime fall from the trees :-) So be careful, especially if you stay in a « Fare » in the middle of a coconut palm tree grove ! The coconut on the pix fell quite close to our bungalow. We were enjoying the evening on our terrace when we heard it…After much efforts, my husband finally opened it, and we had a delicious snack the next day :-)

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  • Robbed at Linareva on Moorea!!

    I think this is worth posting if you are considering a stay on Moorea. We stayed at the Linareva Hotel on Moorea for a week at the end of July (2006). This was our fifth trip to Moorea over the last sixteen years and we've always enjoyed eating at the "Boat" restaurant at this property. Now that Club Med no longer has their Moorea resort, we...

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Moorea Tourist Traps

  • The Fruit Factory - seems to be...

    To me, the Fruit Factory seems to sum up everything that is bad about French Polynesia. Once upon a time, the factory was a private business and used to be open for tours showing visitors how fruit was processed and juiced/canned etc. These days, the factory is in the hands of a multinational company (one of the worlds biggest soft drinks...

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  • Club Med Moorea

    It's a tourist trap but I loved every moment of it. I had no worries and could spend my day snokerling, swimming and sunning myself on the beach. Take full advantage of the set-up. It is well worth it.

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  • Moorea Hotels

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Moorea What to Pack

  • Save $$$ on Drinks

    Since you'll be traveling internationally, stop at the duty free shop and pick up a bottle of duty free liquor. Each traveler can have up to 1 liter and depending on where you stay mixed drinks can be around 2000 francs (> $20).

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  • Try to bring everything you need!

    Moorea is pretty hot, so you will want light clothing and beach wear. For the evenings, you may want long sleeved shirts and trousers to keep the mosquitos and other biting insects off. Mosquito repellent. The mosquitos are VICIOUS in Moorea. You do not want to get bitten, so take protection. There are also mosquitos that bite there during...

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  • Bring a sweater & some comfy shoes

    You really don't need to bring much to Moorea in terms of clothing. I found I wore a bathing suit most of the time and didn't find the need to get dressed up very often (it's rather casual). I would recommend bringing a sweater though because (especially during their winter months, June, July, August) it can get pretty breezy at night. Also, the...

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Moorea Off The Beaten Path

  • Afareaitu Waterfall

    Okay, it's not that easy to find but well worth it. We hitched a ride to the town that it's near (I can't remember the town's name now but ask at your hotel). There is a small market on the left side of the road and a dirt road the runs behind it, past a school. It's not marked, or wasn't when we were there. Also, it definitely helped that I spoke...

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  • Take a horseback ride to Belvedere...

    Really fun! You can rent a horse and a guide for a few hours -- at the hotels and perhaps other spots too -- and ride up to Belvedere lookout and then through the plantations, through the jungle, and so on for a few hours. This was something that we did on our last day in Moorea and was just awesome because we got to see the interior which isn't...

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  • Fishing with a simple thread

    A child’s play… I guess that’s what every fishing fan will say, but we were quite impressed to see that little girl fishing at Cook’s Bay, with only a thread and a few baits !We observed her while waiting for our meals at a table of the Blue Pineapple. I bet she caught a few dozens by the time we had finished eating !

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Moorea Sports & Outdoors

  • Faimano Beach

    Located in front of the Village Faimano. Not many tourist due to it's accessibility. Shaded by tress and excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Located right between Moorea's two famous bays, Opunohu and Cook's. No public facilities are there but you can usually use the hotel's if you ask. Access via the Moorea Lagoon Hotel at PK 14.5 and park in...

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  • Kayak Rental

    Hotel Les Tipaniers has kayak rentals available. They seem to rent many more things as well including, but not limited to, mountain bikes, scooters, cars, jet skis, snorkeling equipment and paddle boards.I don't know how much but I will let you know. I will post photos and my review when I am on travel. Plan to go in July 2014.

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  • Temae Beach - Convenient Beach Access

    We will be going to Tahiti in July 2014. We will stay on the island of Papeete but interested in a day excursion to Moorea. The fast ferry takes about 25-30 minutes to get there. So, in my research I found there is public beach access by the Hotel Sofitel Ia Ora on Moorea. From the hotel or the public dirt road at the north end of the beach marked...

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Moorea Favorites

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  • Just do nothing !

    Moments of rest at the pool, with this incredible background…"fare", mountain and palm trees...definitely one of my best memories of the trip. Just relaxing and enjoying a wonderful honeymoon :-)

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  • Hens and roosters

    They seem to be everywhere on the island ! We had a lot in the garden of our hotel, and came across some of them even at the top of the Belvedere Lookout ! They also seemed to have colonized the motu homing the Lagoonarium :-) Someone there told us that those animals are very useful against mosquitoes, as they drink the stagnant water that attracts...

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  • Pineapple

    Moorea is also known as the « Pineapple island ». Indeed, pinapples are very abundant, and can be considered as the main island production. We visited a plantation at the agricultural school (Lycee Agricole), where we could see the different growing stages of this delicious fruit. We enjoyed it a lot ! The sght of those pineapple field was really...

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