Things to Do in Moorea Island

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Moorea Island is less well known than Tahiti and Bora Bora for a romantic getaway in French Polynesia, but this luxurious island is the one you should put on your radar.

It takes only 40 minutes by ferry from Papeete, Tahiti to reach Moorea. This island has a rather spectacular landscape, from the rugged mountain center to the white sandy beaches and the lagoon that surrounds the island.

The island of Moorea

Whether you’re looking for a short break or a longer, relaxing getaway, here are our top six things to do in Moorea.

1. Discover the underwater world in a lagoon adventure

This adventure is a great introduction to Moorea Island and definitely an experience you should have at the starting of your island visit.

The tour takes place at a relaxed pace and includes the perfect mix of snorkeling, authentic food on the island and swimming with local reef sharks and stingrays in the lagoon.

The water is there with some of the brightest in the world and leaves flawless diving conditions.

There are so many different types of corals to discover, and marine life is unreal. There are so many colorful fish, friendly rays and curious reef sharks.

The local skippers who make these trips are wonderful people and add a big dimension of authentic Tahitian culture to the experience with their humorous, relaxed and insular pace.

In addition to underwater experiences, another highlight is the check-in of a traditional Tahitian lunch on a small island nearby. Lunch is a delicious sample of freshly prepared raw fish-a local delicacy of tuna, complemented by a delicious combination of coconut and lime juice.

2. Tick another item from the to-do list and stay in an overwater bungalow

Stop dreaming about it-and just do it – because it is within reach and will exceed your expectations.

It may come with a slightly higher price than a regular hotel room, but it’s one of those unique treats in life, and well worth it.

There is nothing more invigorating and unique than waking up and starting the day with a swim in the lagoon, which is literally at the foot of your bed.

Whether you’re lounging back on the lounge chairs, sipping an ice-cold drink and getting stuck into that long-awaited holiday romance, a bungalow stay is a must.

You can snorkel from the resort to explore the kaleidoscope of colorful corals and fish below. Whatever you do, you should stay in an overwater bungalow during your visit to Moorea.

3. Explore the Moorea outdoor lagoon with stand-up paddleboarding

Paddleboards and kayaks are widely used at most resorts, but you can only use them in the area.

4. Take a paddleboard tour

Even if it may not seem like an obvious choice for you, going on a date with a small tour operator to explore the lagoon further will exceed all your expectations.

The experience of a local guide is not only helpful, but you will also know every inch of the lagoon that is worth exploring, as well as the best times to avoid crowds and signs that you need to pay attention to depending on the weather and sea conditions.

An early morning excursion includes the opportunity to stop during the tour in the area where reef sharks and rays hang out.

There you can put on diving equipment and spend time in absolute awe of these wonderfully social and somewhat harmless creatures.

The end of the tour takes you through a canal that passes by some of the chic houses that stretch along the coast, with the fresh scent of flowering trees hanging over the banks and wild mango trees just waiting to be picked.

All in all, it’s a fantastic trip and a great way to experience the lagoon.

5. Whale watching with a twist

French Polynesia is one of the few places in the world where humpback whales migrate to give birth to their young, which gives them a unique opportunity to see mother and calf swimming side by side.

Whale watching usually takes place in the morning or afternoon, and the chances of spotting humpback whales are incredibly high, but not completely guaranteed.

The search for these awesome creatures takes place right behind the lagoon, where the reef descends to much greater depths.

Local operators offer a dedicated experience by taking their trips in small boats, giving you a greater perspective of these 12-meter giants as they swim just a few meters away.

6. Swimming with whales

When the moment comes and the whales are sighted, the real excitement begins.

Very experienced local operators will assess the mood of the whales, and if this does not pose a risk to whales and passengers, you will have the opportunity to dive into the water and experience one of the most incredible marine experiences – swimming with humpback whales.

Depending on the day, these whales can swim to the surface in a state of bliss and tranquility – or they can wander through the water quite quickly in a similar behavior to dolphins.

As soon as they appear, they can disappear in a few seconds, plunging into the depths for up to 15-30 minutes.

This experience is so touching, even if the conditions are not conducive to swimming with humpback whales, the chance to see them in such large numbers is in itself something that will remain in your memory forever.

7. Escape the resorts and circumnavigate the island in an open roadster

Try something other than renting a car or scooter and check out the open roadsters that can be rented on Moorea. You can walk around the 62 km perimeter of the island, feel the wind in your hair and rejoice at the sea by your side.

We recommend going counterclockwise, as the water will remain on the right side, which will give you a wonderful ride.

There are many places where you can stop on the trip – fresh fruit stalls, picturesque viewpoints and stunning beaches. Attractions such as Opunohu Bay, Belvedere, Cooks Bay and Temae Beach, the perfect place for parking and swimming.

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