A FAVORITE AMONG REPEAT VISITORS WHO ALL
AGREE: THE BEAUTY OF MOOREA IS UNFORGETTABLE
Flight Time from Papeete to Moorea - 10 minutes
One of the most popular islands in French Polynesia is Moorea, also known as the Island of Love. It's located closest to the main island of Tahiti, just a few minutes by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran. Moorea is a Windward Island and part of a larger archipelago of islands called the Society Islands. With its jagged, lush green mountain ranges, flowers, incredible shades of blue water, and palm trees, it's one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's not only breathtaking, it's surreal.
None of the resorts are on a motu and Moorea has the most sightseeing and activities outside of the resorts, including spectacular snorkeling. Moorea is just what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.
Two extraordinary bays, Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay slash into the island, the lush green heights in striking contrast to the clear blue of the lagoon.
WHERE TO STAY
|Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa|
The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa (formerly the Sheraton Moorea) offers a beautiful, relaxing environment, and is known for its incredible views of Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay, as well as a pristine white sand beach, crystal blue lagoon, lush tropical gardens, and outstanding snorkeling and sea life. The resort completed an $11 million renovation project in 2009. All bungalows have solar panels, and since the resort is north facing, visitors can enjoy both spectacular sunrises and sunsets!
Located on the beach, this resort encompasses a beautifully landscaped setting with 109 Garden Pool, Lagoon, and Overwater bungalows (which are highly recommended) The views from the horizon OWBs are stunning! The OWBs were recently renovated in 2009 and other room categories were renovated later that year.
The resort’s bungalows are nestled throughout sandy grounds and out into the shallow lagoon. All of the spacious, air-conditioned bungalows are within easy access of the restaurant and bars. In fact, one bar is located on the jetty among the OWBs and is a popular evening gathering place to enjoy a Tahitian cocktail and crepes while gazing at the sunset or starlit sky. From the lobby, guests can walk down a short flight of stone steps to the infinity pool that extends to the beach and is near the pool bar and outdoor café. There are also two tennis courts.
|Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa|
The Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is the perfect resort to begin your dream vacation on Moorea. Situated between the pristine lagoons, lush tropical gardens, and breathtaking mountain peaks, you will find an intimate Polynesian style boutique resort conveniently located to shopping, dining, and golfing. Smaller and less expensive than the InterContinental or Sofitel, the Moorea Pearl offers a similar experience.
The Moorea Pearl features a variety of traditional bungalow and hotel room accommodations and is the only resort on the island of Moorea to offer the unique Garden Pool Bungalows with a private enclosed plunge pool. The resort features two restaurants, including a gourmet dining room, bar, and boutique. A wide range of activities and excursions is available on site including the Moorea Blue Nui diving center, as well as the Manea Spa with a professional in-house Polynesian tattoo artist.
Snorkeling enthusiasts will enjoy the resort's To'a Nui coral nursery, surrounding the resorts OWBs, which are home to a variety of tropical fish and sea life and offer an unforgettable underwater experience.
The Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa features three stone tiki sculptures (mythical figures of Polynesia) that honor the rich Polynesian culture and traditions. The sculptures guard the lobby area, the garden and the pool.
|InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa|
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled in the heart of a two-acre estate surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the blue and green waters of the island's lagoons. The resort caters to every kind of couple from the romantic to the active to those wishing to indulge in total relaxation.
Offering elegantly decorated rooms and bungalows and a full service Helene Spa with a variety of Polynesian and natural treatments, the InterContinental Resort and Spa on Moorea knows how to make your Moorea honeymoon or vacation a memorable experience. The Resort also has a sea turtle nursery and an amazing water park with Dolphin Excursion whic is the only place to offer such an experience where guests can frolic with dolphins.
|Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort|
Located on the east coast of Moorea, the recently renovated Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort offers French luxury with a mix of Polynesian charm. Views of the main island of Tahiti can be seen from the Sofitel, and while it is a little close to the airport, the Sofitel has one of the most magnificent beaches on the island with sparkling turquoise water and excellent snorkeling.
The resort sits on the edge of a spectacular lagoon, with views toward the island of Tahiti and features 114 luxurious bungalows built over the water, on the beachfront or surrounded by landscaped gardens. The resort combines the natural beauty of the island of Moorea with contemporary design and sleek décor.
The Sofitel Moorea offers two restaurants, a bar, a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, on-site scuba center and Le Spa day spa.
MOOREA ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
In addition to exploring the quiet beaches, fine dining and the unique shopping experience with many shops featuring "made in Moorea" products, you will enjoy a liquid playground with warm lagoon waters for snorkeling amongst black tip sharks, stingrays and turtles, jetskiing, whale watching (July to October), canoeing and diving.
Tiki Theatre Village
Tiki Village is a recreation of a pre-colonial Tahitian village, with a massive tiki-like sculpture greeting visitors at the entrance. The Tiki Theatre Village dance troupe performs four times weekly, and their kinetic shows must be seen to be believed. Please note, the Tiki Village is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Consequently, the excursions, dinner show & weddings offered by the village are available on these days only; not available on Sundays & Mondays.
Old Polynesian charm blends with quaint European style at Chez Pauline, a great place to purchase souvenirs and relics, including grinding stones, prehistoric stone tikis and wooden artifacts culled from around Moorea's Afareaitu Village.
Seemingly oblivious to the advances of modernization, this rural community is notable for its wooden homes, hibiscus bushes and modest churches. Haapiti is a leisurely village that affords visitors a glimpse of the old Moorea.
Le Belvedere Lookout Point
Perhaps Moorea's most spectacular scenic overlook, Belvedere Lookout Point provided the setting for the film saga, "Return of the Bounty." The Point offers a panoramic view of the Opunohu Valley, and superlative vistas of the Cook and Opunohu bays.
Kellum Garden Stop
This historic homestead was built in 1925, and has since become an interesting piece of Moorean history. Located at the base of Mount Rotui, the Kellum Stop is notable for its variety of plants and flowers, not to mention its largely unspoiled, "old world" charm.
The opalescent lagoons surrounding Moorea are perfect for jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, water skiing and windsurfing. Visitors can hand-feed fish from a glass-bottom boat, or ride an outrigger canoe or catamaran.
Moorea has always provided visitors with a natural high, but parasailing lets you literally soar to new heights! Pulled by a 28 ft. boat, you can ascend as high as 300 feet over Moorea's glistening lagoon, where the view is indescribably beautiful.
Evening Tiki Theater Village Show
No visitor to Moorea should leave the island without spending an evening enjoying Tahitian culture at an authentic Polynesian show. The night begins with a feast featuring local island foods, and is highlighted by exciting, traditional song and dance performances.
Some of the finest diving in the world can be found off Moorea. The abundant flora and fauna include reef sharks, moray eels, huge Napoleon wrasses and triggerfish. And with more than 20 dive sites from which to choose, find the perfect spot is a breeze.
Many of Moorea's natural wonders can be enjoyed on horseback. Ride through the magnificent Teavaro Valley, or take a guided excursion along the island's white sand beaches. Be sure to take some time to snap a few pictures of Moorea's incredible scenery.
The “Aito 4x4 Safari” tour in Moorea – A MUST DO!
This tour is dedicated to adventurers willing to discover Moorea off the beaten paths. You will travel in a four-wheel drive vehicle inside the volcanic crater which first created the island. Moorea, the "green garden " of Polynesia is well known for its Agricultural School receiving children from all the outer islands. Your guide will drive you across this large plantation: pineapple, vanilla, bananas, grapefruits, lemons… and will explain all about the varied flora and fauna. Then you will be ready for a touch of culture on the "Marae" (open air temple), before going up to the Belvedere sightseeing and appreciate the tremendous view over the famous Cook's and Opunohu bays. The “Magic mountain” will be the next step. It is a little path surrounded by grapefruits, lemons, oranges. From there, the view over "Opunohu" bay and the lagoon is one of the most beautiful of the island.
THE PRISTINE BEAUTY OF MOOREA REMAINS UNTOUCHED BY TIME
Please contact us to plan your vacation in Moorea:
Sunsational Vacations, LLC
(888) 431 - 8567