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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Island Drive, Kia Ora & Belvedere
3.5 hours | Moorea | MOZ-105
Circle Island Tour
Take a tour of the island on this half-day narrated excursion. View the 1822 stone church at Papetoai and take in island views from the Kia Ora and Le Belvedere lookouts. See the ruins of an ancient "marae" or Polynesian temple, as well as a photo opportunity of famed Bali Hai, which was featured in the classic musical "South Pacific." You'll return via a scenic route along the other side of the island, passing through Haapiti, Moorea's commercial center, and Afareitu, the largest village on the island. There will be time for shopping at one of the local pearl stores before heading back to the pier and your cruise ship.
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. Visit the Tiki Village Theatre nestled under the palm fronds of a coconut plantation on the shores of Haapiti lagoon. Stroll the village and meet the people, see demonstrations of tiki carving and mat weaving followed by a dance performance by villagers in traditional costume. The local craftsmen make their wares available for sale at the village. Visit the Moorea Fruit Juice Factory where sweet drinks are made from papaya, pineapple and other tropical island fruits. They also produce 10- to 40-proof fruit brandies, including star fruit, ginger and papaya, as well as 25-proof liqueurs, all available for sale. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views at the Kia Ora lookout and see the oldest church still in use in the South Pacific.
Go snorkeling off Moorea's barrier reef on an approximately two-hour excursion. Ideal for experienced snorkelers used to swimming in open waters, your marine adventure takes you across the lagoon to a nearby coral motu where your boat will anchor at one of the island's best spots for approximately 60 minutes of snorkeling. See the barrier reef's great variety of corals that attract a diversity of marine life, including the highly ornamental, such as angelfish, parrotfish and butterfly fish. You'll stop at a special dive site to encounter schools of stingrays. Enjoy fresh fruit on your return cruise back to the pier. Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel), basic instruction and supervision are included.
Take a 4WD expedition and hike that explores the heart of the island on a half-day excursion. Drive up to the summit of Mt. Rotui and Belvedere Lookout for panoramas of Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay. Pass though bamboo groves and fruit plantations. Drive to the top of Magic Mountain where you'll have the opportunity to hike the last 300 feet to its summit for a stunning view of Moorea's north shore. At the Moorea Fruit Juice Factory, enjoy a relaxing visit to a facility that makes juice from local papaya, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical island fruits. They also produce 10- to 40-proof fruit brandies, as well as 25-proof liqueurs. Visit the gift shop for souvenirs before returning to your cruise ship.
Discover Moorea's incredible beauty from two different perspectives - above and below the water during an adventure aboard a luxurious 43-foot catamaran. Sailing and snorkeling await as your captain casts off and sails around the island. Enjoy the views from the expansive deck, the solariums, spacious cockpit or saloon as friendly crewmembers provide you with refreshing drinks and snacks. During your sail around Moorea you'll receive a professional safety and instruction course on how to use the snorkel gear and when the boat cruises into the perfect spot, your captain will drop anchor. Then, you'll don your gear and descend into the warm, turquoise waters. Marvel at the colorful fish and coral garden below the surface. After 45 minutes you'll climb back aboard the boat and your captain will return to the dock.
Join an expert naturalist as you go in search of spinner and rough-tooth dolphins on this 3-hour excursion. Humpback whales can also be seen from August through November. Your naturalist, a member of renowned marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole's research team, will provide commentary on the lives and habits of these fascinating marine mammals. You will also have opportunities to photograph the incredible beauty of Moorea's mountains and lagoon. This is one of the most popular tours and has been featured on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
Take a lagoon cruise to a coral motu for swimming followed by a beach barbecue during this half-day excursion. Your captain will identify points of interest as you admire Moorea's breathtaking views of the verdant mountains, lush valleys and fragrant plantation fields. At a sandy beach landing, you'll have approximately four hours of free time to swim, sunbathe or watch as a guide hand feeds stingrays in the lagoon's shallow waters. Afterwards, indulge in an island lunch buffet. Then relax and enjoy the entertainment, as a trio performs Tahitian songs on guitar and ukulele, as well as a Polynesian coconut show.
Capture the wonders of Moorea with a professional photographer during this 3.5-hour excursion. Be sure to bring all your cameras and gear; even a small "point and click" camera can capture the majesty of Mother Nature. You'll be traveling by 4x4 along the coastline then inland to some of the island's most magnificent sites such as Belvedere Lookout. Perched on the slopes of Mt. Tohivea, this spot offers amazing views of Rotui, Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay. The shark-toothed mountain that rises up in the center is the iconic Mt. Moua Roa that's featured on postcards. Back in the vehicle, you'll continue through a world of exotic wonder: an amazing blue lagoon, lush green mountains, colorful fruits and flowers, and the historic 105-year-old Papetoai village, home of the South Pacific's oldest standing European building. Finally, at the end of your photo journey, you'll return to your ship.
Here's an amazing opportunity to interact with a bottlenose dolphin in a natural lagoon setting and learn all about these gentle sea creatures at the Moorea Dolphin Center. First, you'll meet a trainer for an educational briefing about what to expect when you're in the water with these delightful creatures. Then, you'll don a life vest and mask and enter the inviting home of the bottlenose dolphin. Watch as these natural performers jump and flip and communicate with sounds, whistles and body language. You'll be amazed at what these marvelous mammals can do! Soon, a dolphin will swim over to you. The professional trainer will be by your side as you play games and pet, hug or even give a dolphin a kiss. At the conclusion of your visit, you can shower and change before rejoining your coach for the short ride back to the pier.