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Moorea, French Polynesia

To discover the storied Polynesia of Melville, Gauguin and Michener, you have to travel to Tahiti's outer islands. Moorea, the former haunt of Tahitian royalty, is one such island where you still see fishermen paddling outrigger canoes, pareo-clad women strolling along the roads and children fishing from island bridges. Moorea is an island of vertiginous mountains - most of its 18,000 people live along the narrow coastal shelf. Behind tin-roofed wooden houses lie lush green mountains rushing up to fill the sky.

French Polynesia comprises some 130 islands, of which Tahiti is the best known. Just 12 miles across the lagoon from Tahiti lies Moorea.

Note: Moorea is a tender port. Transportation from ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.

Points of Interest

  • Circle Island Tour
  • Belvedere Lookout
  • Tiki Village Theatre
  • Moorea Fruit Juice Factory
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • Lagoon Excursions
  • 4WD Excursion & Hiking
  • Dolphin Watching

More about Moorea, French Polynesia Points of Interest

  • Circle Island Tour -

    Discover Moorea on a journey around the island along the coastline to Belvedere Lookout. Travel past lush pineapple fields and coffee plantations to the ruins of a Polynesian temple or "marae."

  • Belvedere Lookout -

    This vantage point at the summit of Mt. Rotui is a must-see offering panoramic views of the lush green valley, as well as the two bodies of water: Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay, flanking the mountain.

  • Tiki Village Theatre -

    Visit a cultural center where you can buy authentic woodcarvings, vahine weavings, leis, quilts, dyed cloth and more from artisans, then watch a traditional dance performance and tour a pearl farm.

  • Moorea Fruit Juice Factory -

    This local factory produces an assortment of incredibly fresh juices harvested from local fruits: papaya, pineapple, star fruit, ginger, coconut and grapefruit, as well as fruit brandies and liqueurs.

  • Aquatic Adventures -

    Moorea's two gentle lagoons make a wide array of activities possible, some of which include boating, jet and water skiing, paragliding and picnicking on the motu, scuba diving or even shark feeding.

  • Lagoon Excursions -

    The shimmering lagoon welcomes visitors to the most stunning island in the South Pacific. Teaming with tropical fish and colorful coral, explore its beauty on a glass-bottom boat or catamaran cruise.

  • 4WD Excursion & Hiking -

    Take an off-road expedition through the forest, past bamboo groves and fruit plantations, or go on foot to Belvedere Lookout and up Magic Mountain for stunning views of the North Shore.

  • Dolphin Watching -

    Moorea is home to the amazingly intelligent spinner and rough-tooth dolphins. Visit the Dolphin Center for an interactive program or join a marine biologist on the water for a dolphin-viewing outing.

8 Excursions

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Moorea, French Polynesia

Island Drive, Kia Ora & Belvedere

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3.5 hours
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from $64.95
Moorea, French Polynesia

Island Drive, Tiki Theatre Village & Juice Factory

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3.5 hours
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from $94.95
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Moorea In Focus Photography Expedition

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3.5 hours
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from $154.95
Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea by 4WD

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3.5 hours
Moderate Activity
from $74.95
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Dolphin & Whale Watching Expedition

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3 hours
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from $144.95
Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea Sail by Catamaran

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3.5 hours
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from $134.95
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Moorea's Lagoon & Coral Motu Snorkel

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3 hours
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from $84.95
Moorea, French Polynesia

Motu Islet Beach

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5 hours
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from $109.95