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Mo’orea is a South Pacific island, part of French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago. It’s known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches. Surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, the volcanically formed island of Moorea was rated as the third-best island in the world by the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards.
Getting to the hidden paradise is a process. Besides having to get to Papa’ete in Tahiti, travellers then travel by high-speed ferry to reach Moorea, which sits 12 miles away. But let us be the first to tell you the island is worth the hassle.
The attraction toward Mo’orea comes as no surprise; the island is a geographical marvel.
Eight voluminous mountain peaks rise from its translucent lagoon, creating a distinctive and rugged silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti. Splitting the northern shore are two symmetrical bays: Cook’s (Paopao) and Opunohu Bay. The island is roughly shaped like a heart from overhead; and in the theme of love and romance, Moorea is one of the top honeymoon destinations in Tahiti second only to Bora Bora.
While some visitors may choose to reside at the island’s incredibly luxurious resorts, others can get accommodation at more affordable hotels and guesthouses, where they can enjoy the warm waters and brilliant sunsets without breaking the bank.
For those looking for more action, hike the island’s lush hills, hop on a whale or dolphin watch or take to the water by kayak. But if it were up to us, we’d simply sit on Moorea’s white sand beaches, swim in its crystal clear water and take in its epic sunsets.