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Exploring the Tahitian Magic of Moorea



Moorea is the name of an island that is part of the Society Islands, which is located only a few kilometers away from Tahiti.

The island mostly has a few villages and towns and nothing else more. You will know that you entered a village by the street mark you will see on the side of the road.

Tahiti is quite an exotic destination, but people that want to travel on the budget will find Moorea to be more convenient. As this is not invaded by tourists, you will get the chance to experience the natural beauty at its best. Do not be surprised at the rural way of living, as you may stumble upon chickens while walking on village roads. You have to watch out for mosquitoes when you travel to Moorea as they can be quite a pest. When you choose your accommodation, make sure to keep this aspect in mind. The island is not as secluded as you may think though. You can still find a bank opened during the working days where you can exchange your money for local currency.

The people in Moorea speak French and, of course, Tahitian. But you will find that the staff around tourist spots speaks English as well, so you will not have any problem getting around.

Among the best places to see in Moorea, is Belvedere Lookout. From this vantage point, you can view the Opunohu Bay, Mount Rotui and Cook’s Bay. Here you will also find an ancient temple.

The island is rich in waterfalls, but none of them is large enough to be placed on a big map. Still, hiking around these areas is quite nice and you can visit the waterfalls to admire their beauty.

A landmark in Moorea is represented by the pineapple juice factory, called Jus De Fruits De Moorea. There are no longer free tours organized to see the factory, but you can still purchase some souvenirs from the gift shop and sample the liqueurs made here.

Snorkeling is among the most popular activities tourists like to try in Moorea. The lagoon is the perfect spot for this sport and you can rent snorkeling equipment if you do not have your own. The most popular spots are between Motu Fareone and Motu Tiahura. Be aware that swimming can be a little challenging. There are some pretty strong currents in the area.

Other activities include surfing and hiking. When you go hiking, don’t forget your bug spray and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.

The 4x4 tours on Moorea are quite popular. You will get to embark on a several hour tour and visit many locations on the island, and it is one of the most convenient ways to visit Moorea.



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