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By Jim Harlan

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Tahiti: Moorea Resorts & Activities

> South Pacific > Tahiti

Features: With its densely-vegetated peaks, deep valleys, translucent lagoons and historic sites, Moorea excels in land and water activities, as well as traditional Polynesian history and culture.

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Moorea’s tropical, mountainous terrain offers wonderful hikes in the rainforest at Le Col des Trois Cocotiers (Pass of the Three Coconut Trees), Vaiare, Paopao, Afareaitu Waterfall and majestic Mount Rotui. The Haapiti Village affords visitors a glimpse of the old Moorea, seemingly oblivious to the ravages of modernization, this rural community is notable for its wooden homes, hibiscus bushes and modest churches.

Perhaps Moorea’s most spectacular scenic overlook, Belvedere Lookout Point provided the setting for the film saga, “Return of the Bounty,” featuring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. As the locals will tell you, the Point offers an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Opunohu Valley.

The Opunohu Valley has yielded many ancient remnants over the years, most notably the stone “marae” temples and archery platforms, which were used by Polynesian royalty in pre-Christian days (archery was a sacred sport in ancient Tahiti). Moorea has over 20 year round dive spots which are home to reef sharks, moray eels, huge Napoleon wrasses and triggerfish.


Moorea Intercontinental Resort

This is one of French Polynesia’s most elegant resorts with a high level of comfort and service not often found in outer-island hotels. The Parkroyal offers 50 air conditioned rooms and 96 spacious overwater beachfront and garden suites. Most suites offer separate sitting rooms and bedrooms. All water sports are offered, including a PADI dive center, parasailing, and daily snorkeling excursions. Guests of the hotel have a unique opportunity to join Dolphin Quest which allows them to swim with local dolphins.

Moorea Village

The Moorea Village lies on the west side of Moorea offering exquisite views of the famous South Pacific sunsets. This Tahitian owned resort is ideal for a laid back relaxed vacation. 80 beach bungalow, 10 of which have kitchens, are nestled among the coconut palms or scattered along the beach. Guests may enjoy the swimming pool and tennis courts or take a complimentary outrigger canoe to offshore uninhabited islands The Moorea Village offers some the most affordable accommodations in Moorea.

Moorea Pearl Resort

Set on 21 acres of white beach, this new resort which recently opened in June 2002 is in the traditional Polynesian style. The hotel offers 28 Over Water Bungalows, 9 Beach Bungalows, 28 Garden Bungalows and 30 Garden Rooms & Suites. All feature ceiling fan or air conditioning, sundeck, coffee/tea making facilities, mini bar, hair dryer, safety box, television and IDD telephone. In addition, the Overwater Bungalows have a large sundeck and sitting area with direct access to the water.

Sofitel Ia Ora

The Ia Ora is a 5 star resort offering overwater, beach front and garden bungalows built along Moorea’s longest and most beautiful beach. The island of Tahiti rises in the distance creating a fabulous setting. The lagoon in front of the resort is spectacular, and the resort offers complimentary outrigger canoes and snorkeling equipment. There is a new fresh water swimming pool set next to the lagoon as well as tennis courts. A multitude of island excursions are offered through the hotel desk as well.

Club Med Moorea

Set on a stunning lagoon, Club Med Moorea offers 350 Tahitian style bungalows set in a lush garden setting. All inclusive, this is one of Club Med’s premier locations.


The bicycle ride to Cooks Bay is as pretty as you can take. Most hotels offer free bicycles or rent for a minimal expense.

Lagoon Excursion
The Circle Island tour via motorized outrigger is incredible with wonderful snorkeling stops and can be arranged through your hotel.

The Belvedere Lookout has a magical view of the bays from high on the mountain. You will need to rent a car or taxi to get there.

Go to Moorea Beach Club (on west side close to Club Med) and rent a outrigger canoe (about $10) to paddle to the 2 uninhabited islands just off shore. There are some beautiful beaches here with world class snorkeling and few visitors.

Tamae beach just next to the Ia Ora Hotel is the finest beach on Moorea with outstanding snorkeling.

Paddle Boating
Rent a paddle boat at the Ia Ora Hotel and paddle out to the reef. This is a wonderful place to windsurf or kayak as well.

Jeep Safari
Take the 4 wheel drive tour of Moorea to see rarely visited areas of Moorea. The scenery is spectacular in the seldom seen interior of the island.

Horseback Riding
The horseback riding is excellent and can be arranged through your hotel.

Private Picnicking
Arrange a private island “” Motu”" picnic lunch through the hotel desk or with Albert Tours. They will prepare a lunch for you and take you to a private island for the afternoon all to yourself.

Scuba Diving
Scuba dive or snorkel with sharks and rays as they are hand fed by local dive masters. This should not be missed — a truly memorable experience.

The passes in Moorea’s fringing reef offer excellent surfing year round.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.