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Cruising Article – 2011-04-14

Hiking, snorkeling and juice on the isle of Moorea

Australia/New Zealand Cruise Destinations

The beautiful island of Moorea is your gateway to the wonderful and varied South Pacific shore excursions that you'll be able to experience in Polynesia. Located just 12 miles away from the more famous isle of Tahiti, Moorea is less crowded but just as stunning.

You'll have a broad range of activities to choose from when it comes to Moorea, but if you're feeling active, you'll really be able to enjoy the island to the fullest. Those who want to glimpse some of the best views on the island should head into the forest on a 4WD excursion. From there, hike up Magic Mountain to experience some of the most stunning sights in all of Polynesia.

If you'd rather stay in the water, there are plenty of options there as well. Head out on a dolphin and whale watching expedition to see some of the most majestic creatures in the Pacific. If you'd rather get really close to some aquatic wildlife, be sure to book a catamaran that will take you to some of the isle's top snorkel spots.

One unique location that you should be sure to check out is the Moorea Juice Factory. This impressive complex produces a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages using fruit sourced right on the island. Sipping one of these concoctions while lying on the beach is the perfect way to spend a day in Moorea.