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Cruises to Moorea

131 Reviews
2 Awards
Moorea (Photo:GuilhermeMesquita/Shutterstock)

About Moorea

They don't call the heart-shaped Moorea "the magical island" for nothing. Dominated by jagged mountain peaks, turquoise lagoons and lush tropical foliage, Moorea is the favorite port of call in French Polynesia for many cruise passengers and crew.

Some say that Bali Hai, the fictional island from the musical South Pacific, was based on Moorea -- and the island looks the way you probably imagine a tropical paradise to look (even unsightly power cables are buried underground to further the paradisaical effect). Even better is the wide, shallow lagoon that surrounds it. You can swim or snorkel right from shore, or take a short boat ride out to a secluded motu, a tiny islet.

Upscale Bora Bora may get more hype, but Moorea is a sleeper. While it doesn't have Bora Bora's drop-dead beautiful lagoon, there are many beautiful vistas at every turn for those who take the time to explore. Residents of Tahiti know all about it. They come for the weekend because it's so easy to get here, a mere 30 minutes on the fast ferry from Papeete. No matter when you visit, you won't find crowds or traffic jams. Only about 16,000 people call Moorea home.

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Regatta

57 Night
World CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 24, 2024
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Hawaii - OtherDetails

2,078 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Nautica

18 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

364 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 8, 2025
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Seven Seas Voyager

17 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

308 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Mar 8, 2025
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South PacificDetails

2,078 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 28, 2023
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South PacificDetails

2,078 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 8, 2023
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Hawaii - OtherDetails

2,078 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 15, 2023
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South Pacific CruiseDetails

988 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 30, 2023
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10 Night
Tahiti CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Tahiti CruiseDetails

364 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Transpacific CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Mar 30, 2024
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South Pacific CruiseDetails

2,175 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 17, 2023
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Australia CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Mar 10, 2024
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Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,571 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 26, 2023
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South Pacific CrossingDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2023
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More about Moorea

Why go to Moorea?

Pros:

Spectacular rugged mountains are the island's scenic drawcard

Cons:

The lagoon is not as invitingly blue as Bora Bora's

Bottom Line:

Plenty to do on land and sea, but renting a car or scooter will add to the experience

Moorea Cruise Port Facilities?

Merchants set up tables of shell jewelry, key chains, pareos and other wallet-friendly souvenirs at each tender drop-off spot on the island. There are also a few cafes, pizza parlours and shops in Cook's Bay -- but that's about it. Remember, you're in Moorea to get away from it all.

Good to Know?

Chickens cross the road! Moorea is sleepy and safe; apart from sunburn and mosquito bites there's little to fear. Still, practice common sense especially if renting motor scooters.

Getting Around?

By Car: Driving around Moorea is easy and a fun way to spend a day in port. The island's coastal road is 40 miles (63 km) long and there are only a few roads that venture into the island's interior -- the main one wanders up to the Belvedere Lookout for amazing views. As in Tahiti, distances are measured by Pointes Kilometre markers, called PK, which begin at 0 at the airport and are numbered both clockwise and anti- or counter-clockwise. For example, the Hilton Resort, located between the two bays on the north coast, is located at PK13 counter-clockwise on maps. You'll get the idea once you start driving. Avis (689-40-56-32-68), Europcar (689-40-56-28-64) and the family-owned Albert Rent-a-Car (689-40-55-21-10) rent cars from around 90 Euro a day at Vaiare and other locations across the island; advance reservations are highly recommended and prices are seasonal. Local car rental agencies gather at the pier, as do renters of bicycles and scooters. There is virtually no public transportation on Moorea, and taxis are expensive. Even hitching a ride is chancy as there is so little traffic, although it is perfectly safe

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the French Pacific franc, which is written as CFP in shops, and on currency exchange websites as XPF. Banque de Polynesie ATM is located in Le Petit Village, the island's main shopping area on the north-west coast of the island.

Language?

French and Tahitian are the official languages. Some locals speak English, but don't count on it. Carry an English/French dictionary or phrase book.

Where You're Docked?

Ships anchor off the town of Vaiare on the east coast -- or in Cook's Bay or Opunohu Bay on the northern coast -- and tenders passengers to makeshift villages that spring to life only when ships are in.


Moorea Cruise Reviews
I wish I could give this port even more stars. We did a Waverunner excursion here that was absolutely the best ever. We also got to swim with sharks and stingrays. We were in Nuka Hiva, Bora Bora, Tahiti and MooRead More
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Iloveketo
must take ship tour, otherwise nothing to do. expensive but some worth it.Read More
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AjaxTheHound
The most amazing scenery! We took and great excursion around the island with a very good guide from the states who had lived there for many years with his Polynesian wife and family. Read More
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CnC1633
We also stopped in Marquesas which is not listed here, it was fantastic, very little infrastructure and tourism but so wild. We hiked to local lookout which was hot and amazing. Also visited the unique Notre Dame andRead More
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