Why You Should Vacation in Moorea, French Polynesia

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  • French Polynesia

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Coastal

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Curator’s statement

There's no denying that the world is brimming with travel destinations that steal your breath away. Yet, there's something uniquely enticing about a vacation in Moorea, French Polynesia. This paradise island, sparkling in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, promises an escapade that ticks every box on the ultimate holiday attraction list. From the enchantingly azure lagoon to the lush mountain peaks, Moorea is here to capture your heart.

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Where to stay in Moorea

SOFITEL Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort

Indulge in Polynesian paradise, where turquoise waters, overwater bungalows, and refined luxury create a dreamlike escape in Moorea.

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Tropical beachfront resort with breezy bungalows offering views of the private lagoon and mountains.

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Things to do in Moorea

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Unrivaled Beauty of Nature

Moorea is a place where Mother Nature has let her imagination run wild. It’s a canvas painted with picture-perfect beaches, jagged volcanic peaks, and abundant coral reefs. The island's beauty is so hypnotizing, it's almost surreal! Snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities abound here, allowing you to delve into the vibrant underwater world this secluded gem boasts. Grandiose mountains, like Mount Rotui, will satiate the adventurers among you while rewarding you with panoramic views that leave an indelible imprint on your memory.

Captivating Culture and History

Beyond its natural allure, Moorea serves as a gateway into the rich history and culture of Polynesian heritage. The island is dotted with marae (ancient temples), each narrating a tale of the previous generations. Not only does Moorea give you a golden chance to plunge into centuries-old traditions, but it also introduces you to the warm hospitality of the locals who make your encounter so delightfully memorable.

Taste of Paradise

To really soak up the essence of Moorea, you must indulge in its culinary offerings. Relish the rich flavors of Polynesian cuisine, with a medley of tropical fruits, fresh seafood, and succulent meats gracing your plates. The island's gastronomy is a testament to its biodiversity, offering you a taste of paradise with every bite.

Hiking Discovery, The Tray of the Bounty and the Pass of the Three Pines

Start your adventure by walking through the sweet-smelling pineapple fields. Then, make your way into the lush trail of the tropical forest. As you go higher, reach the Pass of the Three Coconuts and take in the breathtaking wide views of the old volcano. End your journey with a visit to the Tray of the Bounty, where you can gaze out at the stunning scenery right at the base of the volcano's crater.

Snorkeling and Ray Feeding Tour

Experience a thrilling two-hour guided adventure in the balmy waters of Moorea, where you'll snorkel and feed rays. You'll come across an array of sea creatures during this excursion. Get up close and personal with stingrays in their natural environment, and even get the unique opportunity to feed them!

Tiki Village Cultural Centre

If you're curious about Polynesian culture, head to the Tiki Village Cultural Centre. It's right by a beautiful lagoon on Moorea island. There, you can learn how to weave with plants, make flower necklaces and carve wood like the locals. The village also shows off cool tattoos, which started in Polynesia and spread to the West. Plus, you'll see amazing black pearls that are hard to find anywhere else.

Manutea Tahiti - Rotui Juice Factory & Distillery

At Manutea Tahiti Rotui, you can take a self-guided tour of their juice factory and distillery. The tour takes place in a separate building from the store and tasting area. There, you'll find posters in English that explain how they make their juice. After the tour, you can head over to the gift shop for a tasting session. Taste five different alcohols and a juice. These included a Tahiti Drink mixer, pineapple rum, Magnolia rum, white rum and a coconut liquor that tasted like Bailey's. They also serve pineapple juice.

Places to eat & drink in Moorea

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Need to Know

Q/A

Now let’s clear up some commonly asked questions about this idyllic destination:

What's the best time to visit Moorea? The dry season from May to October is generally considered the best time to visit.

Do I need a visa to travel to Moorea, French Polynesia? This depends on your nationality. Many countries are allowed visa-free entry but check the regulations before planning your trip.

Can I afford a vacation in Moorea? Definitely! Moorea offers a range of accommodations and activities to suit various budgets, making it a great choice for everyone.

Conclusion

So, still wondering why vacation in Moorea, French Polynesia? It's not just a vacation—it's an experience that enlivens all your senses, simultaneously calming your spirit and igniting your desire for adventure. From the awe-inspiring landscapes to the stunning marine life, hearty cuisine, and warm Polynesian culture — Moorea provides an odyssey that assures a lifetime of memories.

Take the leap, pack your bags, and embark on an unforgettable journey to Moorea, where each day ends with a sunset more beautiful than the last. The invitation to paradise awaits!

Very friendly island and very proud people. Must go to the juice factory free alcohol samples and juice then, Tiki Village Theatre which is a cultural center that provides entertainment and food samples.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to French Polynesia.

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