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Welcome to Moorea

Picture perfect doesn't begin to describe this tiny volcanic island in French Polynesia. Located across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti, the smaller, quieter Moorea makes a great destination for travelers searching for an off-the-beaten-path experience that's still relatively easy to get to. Private and small-group tours whisk you to adventures across twin Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, home to hotels, restaurants, and stunning white sand beaches. Or follow your guide into the rest of the island's dense tropical forest dotted with small villages, coffee plantations, and fields of spiky pineapples growing in the South Pacific sun. Explore Moorea on a sand or sea tour—or both. Group tours via 4x4 vehicles up to Belvedere Lookout reward travelers with views of the entire island and you can sign up for a guided tour or rent your own extreme roadster to travel up the perilously steep (and exciting) Magic Mountain. To admire Moorea by sea, join a snorkeling, jet skiing, or boating excursion around the island and experience the calm, warm lagoons crowded with South Pacific sea life (including dolphins). Take it up a notch with a helicopter tour for aerial views of the emerald green, forest-covered volcanic island surrounded by glorious sandy shores and jewel-toned seas.

Top 11 attractions in Moorea

Magic Mountain

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Magic Mountain is on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. Though the mountains on Moorea are not extremely high, they are particularly rugged. Magic Mountain is one of the highest points on the island. It is located along the exterior part of the island, and it offers spectacular 360-degree views of the island and the surrounding clear blue waters of the lagoon and the ocean. On the way up the mountain, visitors will pass villages, scenic valleys, fruit trees, and pineapple plantations. Magic Mountain lets visitors experience the breathtaking scenery an ancient volcanic island.The mountain is not accessible by regular cars and can only be reached by 4WD or ATV. For this reason, the best way to experience Magic Mountain and its views is by taking a tour of the island that includes a trip up the mountain. Most tours also include Belvedere Lookout, which is located toward the center of the island and offers gorgeous views of both Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, ancient Polynesian sites, and the agricultural school. It is a great way to take in the wonderful sights and culture that Moorea has to offer.More

Belvedere Lookout

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Belvedere Lookout is a scenic viewpoint awarding views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay, Mt. Rotui and the fertile Opunohu Valley with its many pineapple plants, craggy peaks and gentle slopes. It’s a great place to visit simply to take in the views or to get a bit of outdoor exercise in.More

Lycée Agricole d'Opunohu (Agriculture School)

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Lycée Agricole d'Opunohu, or Agriculture School, is French Polynesia's only agricultural school, located on the island of Moorea. At the agricultural school, visitors can see pineapples, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, vanilla beans and many other fruits being grown and learn about the cultivation process. The school also makes fresh fruit juices, jams and sorbets, which are available for purchase. They also offer tastings of the fruit products they make. Visitors can hike on educational trails in the school's plantations in order to learn more about the school and its work and to enjoy the scenery. At the agricultural school, you can also learn about the different tropical plants, flowers, and fruits that are native to French Polynesia.A visit to Lycée Agricole is often included on tours around the island. Other highlights of these tours include the lookout points at Magical Mountain and Belvedere Lookout, which offer different vantage points for viewing the island, the volcanic landscape, and the surrounding water. In addition, these tours often include ancient Polynesian sites, hiking, swimming, and taking in the gorgeous island scenery.More

Afareaitu Waterfalls

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This pair of waterfalls near the village of Afareaitu are each fed by a different stream, the Putoa Stream and the Vaioro Stream. The larger of the two falls plummets more than 100 feet (30 meters) into a rock pool perfect for swimming.More

Cook's Bay (Baie de Cook)

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Surrounded by rugged mountain landscape that seems to reach up from the water, Cook's Bay is one of the main tourist areas in Moorea (it's here that cruise ships come to moor their boats). The area is home to restaurants, shops, and hotels, but it’s still relatively sleepy and laid-back—this is Moorea, after all!More

Fruit Juices of Moorea (Jus de Fruits de Moorea)

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Opened in 1981 under the Rotui Brand in response to a pineapple surplus, Fruit Juices of Moorea has expanded to sell a variety of juices. Here you can take your pick of grapefruit, lemon, mango, noni, papaw and guava juice. The company also makes liquors, brandies, jams, fruit candy, and chocolates.More

Temae Beach (Plage Temae)

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Golden sand, azure waters, coconut palms, and a rugged mountain backdrop greet visitors to Moorea’s Temae Beach (Plage Temae). Locals frequent the beach to play music, while visitors come for the sun, sand, and excellent snorkeling just offshore.More

Papetoai

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Located on the western side of Opunohu Bay, Papetoai (Papeto'ai) is frequented by visitors who want to explore the village's art and shopping center, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and art galleries along with historic attractions. The beaches here are also worth checking out, with calm, crystal clear waters, ideal for snorkeling.More

Tiki Village Cultural Centre

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For a crash course in Polynesian culture, the Tiki Village Cultural Centre is the place to go. In a stunning lagoon-side location on the island of Moorea, you’ll experience traditional weaving with natural fibers, the art of flower garlands, and intricate wood carving. The village also celebrates two different forms of adornment: tattoos, which came to the West via Polynesia, and rare black pearls.More
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Opunohu Bay (Baie d'Opunohu)

Opunohu Bay (Baie d'Opunohu)

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Surrounded by lush green and jagged mountains and littered with sailing vessels and tour boats, narrow Opunohu Bay is where the HMS Bounty moored to search for breadfruit, leading to the famous Mutiny on the Bounty. Today, the tranquil bay is a favorite among locals and travelers looking for a less developed stretch of sand.More
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Mt. Rotui

Mt. Rotui

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Separating the beautiful Cook’s and Opunohu Bays, Mt. Rotui is the peak of Mt. Rotui. In a dramatic fashion, jagged sides lush with green meet at the top in an almost perfect pyramid, its rocky spur reaching 2,951 feet (900m). When clouds are behind the mountain, it almost appears as if it is a smoking volcano.More

Top activities in Moorea

Private Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon

Private Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon

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Jet Ski Moorea Private Tour only

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6-hour Snorkeling & Lunch Tour - Shared Tour
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Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour

Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour

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Sea Scooter Jet Snorkeling "Moorea Dream Adventure"
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Atv Quad Tour

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Moorea Mini Jeep Roadster Rental

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Recent reviews from experiences in Moorea

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Coco Rider scooters
Jose_C, Jan. 2023
Tour of Moorea: The most beautiful beaches!
Using CocoRider scooters to see the island of Moorea is one of the BEST choice.
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Perfect Moorea Day Trip
Andrew_S, Dec. 2022
Moorea 4WD Tour Including Belvedere Pineapple Farm and Magic Mountain
He was gracious enough to pick us up, and we got to see all the sights of Moorea.
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Great views, quiet beach & waterfall hike
Carmen_J, Dec. 2022
Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
Loved the waterfall hike & swim there.
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Guides were extremely...
Kevin_D, Dec. 2022
Private Day Trip Hike and Boat in Moorea
Great way to see Moorea and highly recommend.
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Tahity, Moorea
Kamilla_G, Nov. 2022
Moorea Island Tour
It is worth to visit.
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Better than a Disney ride
jimfaust, Nov. 2022
Moorea 4WD Tour Including Belvedere Pineapple Farm and Magic Mountain
Si much to see and the views from the peaks helps you understand where you had been snorkeling etc at other times .
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Cerulean blue waters!
Rebecca_M, Oct. 2022
Jet-ski excursion 3 hrs Jet ski excursion to Moorea (single or two-seater)
Our takeaway, just give Moorea Activities Center a chance to see their beautiful island - snorkeling in clear cerulean blue water was the best!
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All inclusive Moorea!
Michelle_H, Sep. 2022
Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
We got to see so many things on this day and it really showed us everything Moorea has to offer.
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Amazing trip and value.
James_N, Jan. 2023
6-hour Snorkeling & Lunch Tour - Shared Tour
Both English and French used.
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A Great Day COCO RIDER RULES
cieprompt, Jan. 2023
Tour of Moorea: The most beautiful beaches!
Gerard was most helpful, accommodating with his instructions and explanations The equipment was fun for a leisurely ride circumnavigating the island I was so impressed with the road courtesy of the locals I explained to Gerard I have logged over 100000 mi on my Honda Goldwing Trike Riding is riding Highly recommend Coco Rider to visitors to Moorea Note to Gerard: Elvis could learn alot from you
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Fantastic excursion- 10/10 stars!
David_H, Dec. 2022
Private Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon
They taught us so much about the island, told us great spots to visit, and took us to some of the most amazing snorkeling spots.
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Adventures with Alex was a Blast!
Andrew_S, Dec. 2022
Snorkeling excursion, discovery of the lagoon and its fauna. Intimate vessel.
He made sure we were all comfortable and took us to see some truly spectacular sights.
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Amazing Experience
Ryan_M, Oct. 2022
Grand Magic Combo Jetski 3h00 + Quad 3h30
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke great english.
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Moorea fun!
Rebecca_M, Oct. 2022
Jet-ski excursion 3 hrs Jet ski excursion to Moorea (single or two-seater)
Moorea Activities Center is 5 star jet ski adventure- Virginne answered our questions and guided our travel from Tahiti to Moorea via the Aremiti ferry.
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No regrets ~~~BEST~~~ of Moorea!
Yvonne, Oct. 2022
Snorkeling excursion, discovery of the lagoon and its fauna. Intimate vessel.
This tour was a highlight among our activities on Moorea.
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Coolest experience of my life.
Sarah_J, Sep. 2022
Half day whale tour 4h00
We were dealing with nature and we’re going to try our best to see the whales, but ultimately respect their wellbeing.
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Fantastic End To Stay on Moorea
William_B, Aug. 2022
Sunset Cruise : Moorea Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo
You’ll fall in love with the island and this crew.
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Fun waterfall hike
Noelle_C, Jul. 2022
Half-Day Guided Hike to Afareaitu Waterfall
The waterfall hike was one of the highlights of our trip to French Polynesia and we did a lot.
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10/10 recommend!
Hanna_O, Jun. 2022
Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour
Fred was great and we got to see and learn about so many spots throughout Moorea!
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Great experience and views
Amanda_G, Jun. 2022
Grand Tour Quad 3h30 Quad excursion in Moorea (single or two-seater)
The best way to see the interior of Moorea.
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All about Moorea

When to visit

If you want good weather, consider visiting Moorea during the dry season, which runs from May into October. July and August get more crowds due to school holidays and the honeymoon season. The wet season brings with it more reasonable room rates and fewer tourists (except around Christmas and New Year’s), but be aware that the temperatures are a bit hotter.

Getting around

The best way to get around Moorea is by renting a car or scooter, particularly if you want to explore the island independently. If you’re doing a tour or activity, your tour operator usually provides round-trip transportation from your hotel. There’s also a bus service, with separate routes on the east and west coasts, that’s both reliable and affordable.

Traveler tips

Dining in Moorea can be expensive, especially if you stick to resort restaurants. But you can still eat well on a budget if you know where to go. You’ll find plenty of great options around the island, from roulottes (food trucks) serving up everything from crepes to fresh fish, to local favorites such as Allo Pizza overlooking the eastern side of Cook’s Bay, where you can get all sorts of made-to-order pizzas baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven.

Moorea information

Number of Attractions

11

Number of Tours

105

Number of Reviews

5,980

Currency

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