French Polynesia


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Destination Overview

Known for its picture-perfect beaches, pineapple plantations and lush landscape, Mo’orea is the perfect island getaway for your honeymoon. Located in French Polynesia just ten miles northwest of Tahiti, Mo’orea is a small island with big charm.

A visit to any island in Tahiti wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to its diverse coral reefs. Snorkeling or scuba diving are popular ways to spot fish, rays, turtles and sharks but another option (for those who prefer to stay dry) to enjoy the undersea landscape is from a glass-bottomed kayak or boat.

If you and your partner enjoy an active lifestyle, you can certainly find plenty of activities to suit your needs in Mo’orea. Hike, drive, e-bike or ATV to Belvedere Lookout for some of the best views of the island. The lookout offers sweeping panoramic views of the Opunohu Valley and Cook and Opunohu Bays. If you’re up for more adventure, we recommend a visit to Opunohu Valley to see the ancient marae (traditional temples), breathtaking vistas and hidden walking paths.

The food in French Polynesia is fresh and delicious and is typically drawn from the cuisines of three cultures: Tahitian, Chinese, and French. Couples may enjoy a food tour through Moorea Food Adventures where they will taste and visit authentic local finds that will offer unique flavors where locals like to eat, including local seasonal fruits, casse-croute, fish dishes, pai, mape, and other delicious local snacks.

About Mo’orea

At a Glance

  • Not far from the airport, Mo’orea Golf Club provides a 18-hole field, accessible to both beginners and experienced players.
  • Jimmy Buffett has stated that Mo’orea is the inspiration for his song “One Particular Harbor.”
  • Treat your partner to a romantic sunset catamaran cruise where you can sip maitais made with fresh local fruit juices while you sail between Cooks and Opunohu Bays.
  • Be sure to purchase reef-safe sunscreen when you are packing for your trip. Reef-safe sunscreen helps to protect and maintain the delicate coral reef.
  • Be sure to pay a visit to the Rotui Juice Factory & Distillery near Cook’s Bay. There you can participate in a tasting of some of their top-selling juices and other flavorful beverages.

Honeymoon Hints

  • Located only ten nautical miles from Tahiti, Moorea is easily accessible by ferry or plane from Papeete.
  • To get to Mo’orea, most travelers fly into Bora Bora Airport also known as Motu Mute Airport (BOB). If you’re coming from the U.S., you’ll first stop at the Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti. From Tahiti, you can take a ferry to Mo’orea which takes about 30 minutes.
  • We recommend staying on the Northern shore of Mo’orea between the villages of Hauru and Tema’e.. The northern shore is home to the island’s most dramatic landscapes such as Mount Rotui, Opunohu Bay and Cook’s Bay.
  • Mo’orea uses the French Pacific Franc as its currency. The US dollar may be accepted as direct payment in hotels, restaurants and large shops, but will get a low rate of exchange. There are a few ATMs on the islands but it is best to bring some local currency with you.
  • The best time to visit Mo’orea is between May and October. Although the temperatures are balmy year-round, Mo’orea’s winter season enjoys less humidity.
  • Its highest peak is Mount Tohivea, at 3,960 feet (1,207 metres).
  • Mo’orea is about 10 miles in width.