The island of Moorea is one of the most culturally and touristically developed islands in French Polynesia. For example, among the annual events, the Moorea Marathon is one of the most popular with international participants. There are many sites to visit and new experiences to discover. Let us guide you with a selection of the best things to do in Moorea.
1. Climbing the Magic Mountain
Hiking in Moorea is a must. Overlooking Opunohu Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the Magic Mountain offers an extraordinary panorama at its summit. Its ascent is relatively short and you will reach the viewpoint in less than an hour. This short hike gives you the choice between two routes with different levels of difficulty. Therefore, everyone can climb the slope at his or her own pace and ability. The road being well maintained, some can even climb it with the help of a quad!
The Magic Mountain is a must do as soon as you arrive on the island. It is a first impression of the beauty of the island and its lagoon. The colors are splendid and the visual is breathtaking. You will have the sensation of living a waking dream.
2. Snorkeling on the Shark Bank
Moorea’s lagoon has an intense aquatic life. Several snorkeling spots allow you to observe the multicolored fish and the coral reef. However, one site stands out for its originality and the strong emotions it provides. In the north of the island, the Shark Bank has become the haunt of dozens of black tip sharks. Harmless and even fearful, this wild underwater fauna twirls in a subjugating ballet.
Contemplating the black tip sharks around you in the translucent waters of the lagoon is an intense experience. The site of the Shark Bank is also the meeting place of the stingrays. More curious and tactile, they will not hesitate to come to your contact. Don’t forget your mask and snorkel! For more details, you can visit our article about diving in Moorea.
3. The Pineapple Road Hike
Starting from Opunohu Bay, a path leads you through pineapple plantations in a fantastic landscape. This hike of a little more than two hours leads you to the Lookout. From here you will enjoy a sensational view of Cook Bay and Opunohu Bay on either side of Mount Rotui.
On the way, the Pineapple Road will take you through the remains of an ancient Polynesian temple, the Titiroa marae. You will also enjoy a stop at the agricultural high school, where you can taste some of the best fruit preparations. This hike combines legends, landscapes and encounters for an unforgettable moment.
4. The White Sand Beach at Temae
Temae Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Moorea. It evokes all the idealized representations that people have of the paradise of the southern islands. This white sand beach falls into the turquoise waters of the lagoon where tropical fish and rays frolic. The coconut trees complete the postcard effect.
You will enjoy the beach for a moment of relaxation. The warm waters are an invitation to swim and snorkel. Moreover, the shallow depth of the lagoon makes the beach perfectly accessible to families. Nearby, numerous food outlets offer tropical and exotic refreshments. A dream in its purest form.
5. The Tiki Parc Tree Climbing
The Tiki Parc is an attraction such as we would like to see more of in French Polynesia. This leisure space offers several adventure courses in the forest, where you progress acrobatically between the trees. In the heart of the rainforest, Moorea’s tree climbing offers a magnificent natural setting. The experience is all the more surprising.
For the more athletic and families with children, it will be an alternative to swimming and water activities. The contact with nature is made this time in the trees, in height. Be careful not to confuse this with the Tiki Village cultural center, which is a completely different destination on the island.
What Else to do in Moorea? Follow the Guide!
Between the lagoon and the mountains, there is so much to explore and discover on the island. A moment of respite will be welcome after this sporty program. Let yourself be tempted by a Tahitian massage for a moment of total relaxation in a spa in Moorea. Or perhaps you’ll prefer the gastronomic pleasures of one of the many establishments on the island. Here are some other activities you might enjoy in Moorea:
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