Moorea Sights

Moorea is an easy island to explore by car. The one coastal road is just 61 km (37 mi) long, and the best part of a day is needed to travel the road and stop off at the villages, bays, little churches, and cafés along the way and to travel into the interior to the Belvedere lookout and the marae (ancient temples).

The lagoon and bays can be discovered on organized excursions that may

include a picnic lunch on one of the motu at the island's northwest corner. There are also small motorboats for hire for a half or full day, with no license required. You won't find too many tracks of endless white sands on Moorea; however, the top resorts have lovely man-made beaches and the lagoon-side pensions and lodges always have at least a little patch of sand.

Half-day and full-day 4WD tours take in all the sights and some areas inaccessible to motorists, while hiking is a great way to see the pineapple and fruit plantations and lush valleys.

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Cook's Bay

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This lovely bay, also known as Paopao Bay, has the most dramatic setting and is best appreciated by standing at its eastern or western...

Jus de Fruits de Moorea

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Juice was first pressed at this pineapple processing factory and distillery in 1981. In the early days, four juices—pineapple, grapefruit,...

Maharepa

  • Town/Village

This village is a collection of tourist shops, eateries, pearl stores, a tattoo parlor, and two small shopping centers. The larger Socredo...

Moorea Dolphin Center

  • Zoo/Aquarium

You can literally kiss and cuddle dolphins here. Three dolphins (ex-performers and retired U.S. Navy dolphins) live in an enclosed section...

Motu beaches

  • Beach–Sight

When you book a shark feeding and motu picnic excursion you'll head to either Motu Fareone or Motu Moea, or to one of several small islands...

Opunohu Bay

  • Neighborhood/Street

This is the westerly of the two outstanding bays on the north side of the island, and is actually the place where Captain James Cook...

Opunohu Beach

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This public beach, about half a mile long, is on the northeast side of Opunohu Bay. It's popular on the weekends with French and Tahitian...

Papetoai Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This temple is the main attraction of little Papetoai and is also known as the Octagonal Church, due to its eight sides. Protestant missionaries...

Pihaena

  • Town/Village

Between Opunohu and Cook's bays, this is more tourist enclave than village, with a collection of pensions (with restaurants) and the...

Tiahura

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While you won't see this name much, it is the official name for the area on Moorea's northwest corner with the biggest concentration...

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