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.

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Points of Interest

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

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Island Drive, Kia Ora & Belvedere

3.5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-105
  • Circle Island Tour
  • Belvedere Lookout

Take a tour of the island on this half-day narrated excursion. Enjoy amazing views from Moorea's most spectacular lookouts, see the 19th century church and visit the ancient ruins of a Polynesian temple. There's even time to shop for pearls.

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Moorea's Lagoon & Coral Motu Snorkel

2 hours | Moorea | MOZ-790
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • Lagoon Excursions

Go snorkeling off Moorea's barrier reef on an approximately 2.5-hour excursion. This snorkel safari is ideal for experienced snorkelers used to swimming in open waters. Enjoy the crystal-clear visibility as your guide hand feeds stingrays that swim gracefully amongst you.

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Island Drive, Tiki Theatre Village & Juice Factory

3.5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-110
  • Tiki Village Theatre
  • Moorea Fruit Juice Factory

Take a narrated drive around the island on this half-day excursion. You will visit the Tiki Village Theatre for a taste of old Polynesian crafts and culture, as well as sample liqueurs and fruit juices from a local factory. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views at Kia Ora Lookout and a photo stop at the Protestant Church - the octagonal church is built from the stones of Tahitian maraes.

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Moorea by 4WD

3.5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-500
  • Belvedere Lookout
  • Moorea Fruit Juice Factory
  • 4WD Excursion & Hiking

Take a 4WD expedition and hike that explores the heart of the island on a half-day excursion. Travel through the forest past bamboo groves and plantations. Take in sweeping views from Belvedere and Magic Mountain. Also visit a popular tropical juice factory.

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Motu Islet Beach

5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-990
  • Lagoon Excursions

Take a lagoon cruise to a coral motu for swimming followed by a beach barbecue during this half-day excursion. Entertainment includes an island trio and a coconut show.

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Moorea Sail by Catamaran

3.5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-710
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • Lagoon Excursions

Behold the breathtaking panorama of earth, sea and sky from the deck of a luxurious catamaran. Sit back and soak up the sun as you sail Moorea's azure waters in search of relaxation, extraordinary sights, colorful marine life and the perfect spot to snorkel.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching Expedition

3 hours | Moorea | MOZ-640
  • Dolphin Watching

Join an expert naturalist as you go in search of wild dolphins on this exciting and informative half-day excursion. Savor Moorea's dramatic beauty as you cruise for spinner and rough-tooth dolphins. Humpback whales are also frequently sighted from August through November.

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Moorea In Focus Photography Expedition

3.5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-300
  • Belvedere Lookout

Attention novice and serious photographers - lace up your walking shoes and grab your camera for an intimate look at Moorea's natural wonders led by a professional instructor. Visit one awe-inspiring setting after another while picking up valuable tips and techniques to enhance your unforgettable images.

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Moorea Dolphin Center

2 hours | Moorea | MOZ-700
  • Dolphin Watching

Calling all kids at heart - here's your chance to meet and greet some of the ocean's friendliest creatures with an excursion to Moorea's Dolphin Center. Watch their impressive antics and acrobatics before entering the shallow waters of the lagoon and joining the dolphins in their natural habitat.

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