Moorea Holidays & Hotels
Moorea Island lies just 18-km west from Papeete and is clearly visible from the west coast of Tahiti. This ancient volcanic island covered in rich tropical rainforest with deep bays and razor back mountains offers some of the best sightseeing opportunities in the South Pacific. Getting to Moorea is easy - there are roughly 10 ferry crossings from Papeete every day, taking under one hour with departures commencing from 6am. There are also hourly flights from Faa'a Airport which take less than 10 minutes. With such easy access, nice beaches and beautiful scenery, it is no wonder that Moorea is the most popular holiday destination in Tahiti.
Moorea Accommodation Directory
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Moorea Holidays Overview
Moorea, just a ten minute flight or 1-hr ferry ride from Papeete, is too main-stream for a truly romantic escape, especially at weekends and school holidays when the expatriate workforce from Tahiti arrive en masse for a day at the beach. For international holiday-makers, Moorea is best suited for those looking to enjoy its beautiful coastal scenery or to get involved in some adventure tours in the mountainous interior. The twin bays of Cook and Opunohu are equally stunning from land or by sea and are often visited by large overseas cruise ships.
The Airport and Wharf - North-east Moorea
All tourists arrive on the north east coast of Moorea, the side facing Tahiti Island. The ferry terminal is at Vaiare Bay, opposite the large marina, the busiest of Moorea's towns and close to the islands longest stretch of beach that starts at Teavaro and extends all the way along the north east coast beyond the airport. The large Sofitel Resort sits in the heart of the beach, set in wonderful landscaped gardens with bungalows well spaced apart. North of the Sofitel is the public access Teavaro Beach which has good swimming.
Sofitel Moorea Resort
Euro € 330 - 866 per couple
Sofitel Moorea Resort is a large resort on the quiet north east coast of Moorea close to the airport. Set on a sweeping beach with a beautiful outlook facing Tahiti Island. There are two restaurants, one overlooking a lilly-filled pond, the other directly over the waters edge.
North Coast & Cooks Bay
The north coast of Moorea is punctuated by two deep and spectacular bays: Cooks Bay and Opunohu Bay (the latter is where Captain Cook actually anchored). The panoramas of both bays are exceptional and should be viewed not only along the coastal road, but from the water as well as from above. The 900 metre high Mt. Rotui separates the two bays and the steep trail to the summit can be climbed for stunning views but most tourists opt for the easy option - by taking the winding road to the Belvedere Lookout in the heart of Moorea and overlooking not only Mt. Rotui but the two bays as well. Along the way are several interesting marae with many ancient temple foundations.
Pearl Resort Moorea
Euro € 349 - 794 per couple
Pearl Resort Moorea is located on a small beach on the north coast of Moorea and offering exceptionally presented bungalows and rooms. The Polynesian style reception leads down to an infinity swimming pool. Water sports are plenty and there's a small spa.
Euro € 114 - 228 per couple
Hotel Kaveka is located on the oceanfront in the heart of Cook's Bay with a stunning outlook, a small beach for sun lovers and a 40 metre pontoon leading to deep water with excellent snorkelling and good swimming in the bay. This is the ideal affordable base to explore the island.
The north coast has several fishing villages including Papetoai which boasts the oldest building in the South Pacific - the Protestant church here was built in 1822 by one of the first missionaries to settle in the South Seas. Three luxury resorts are found along the coast: The Pearl Resort is located on a small beach front between the airport and Cooks Bay; The Hilton
sits on a lovely beach between Cooks Bay and Opunohu Bay; and Hotel Intercontinental, with its man made lagoonarium and Dolphin Quest is located west of Opunohu Bay close to Hauru Beach on the north west tip of the island..
Hilton Hotel Moorea
Euro € 461 - 814 per couple
The Hilton Moorea offers the most picturesque setting of all the resorts on Moorea with an attractive beach and placid turquoise lagoon in front of its imposing Polynesian style restaurant. The resort is located on the north coast of Moorea with a myriad of overwater bungalows.
Intercontinental Resort Moorea
Euro € 355 - 776 per couple
Intercontinental Moorea is set on 2 acres of landscaped gardens on the north coast of Moorea. The resort boasts a decent beach and swimming lagoon and the fantastic Dolphin Centre. There's also a large Lagoonarium for snorkelling and a turtle sanctuary ideal for families.
West Coast & Hauru Beach
The north west coast of Moorea has the most concentrated tourist strip alongside Hauru Beach. The beach is pretty but is very narrow and at high tide the sea reaches the sea wall that protects the line of budget hotels and guesthouses here. The beach at Hauru is public access but because the coast here is so built up it can be difficult to get to. Hauru has a small modern shopping area with supermarket, bank and several restaurants.
Les Tipaniers Hotel
Euro € 165 - 188 per couple
Les Tipaniers is a good value hotel with self contained bungalows on the popular Hauru Beach. The hotel has a restaurant overlooking the beach and a long pier for easy access to the swimming and snorkelling lagoon. This is a good choice for those looking to enjoy watersports.
Euro € 124 - 165 per couple
Hotel Hibiscus is a small hotel set alongside a sandy beach protected by a cement sea wall on the west coast of Moorea. The sea in front of the property provides a good swimming area for kids - go out 20 metres and its a pleasant lagoon for swimming and snorkelling.
Fare Vai Moana
Euro € 116 - 174 per couple
Fare Vai Moana is set on a picturesque beach on the west coast of Moorea, close to Hibiscus Hotel, with delightful bungalows in a pleasant garden setting. All bungalows feature a main bedroom and an upstairs mezzanine room with double or two single beds.