Popular Moorea Shore Excursions
Go shopping at Le Petit Village where the island's tourist shops and artsy boutiques are clustered. You'll find everything from Tahitian vanilla beans to black pearls to beach clothing, especially pareos.
For an on-land vista of Moorea, Belvedere Lookout, high up in the mountains, offers stunning views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay and Mt. Rotui. Pair the breathtaking view with a short hike off Belvedere Road to view three ancient marae sites; the trail is well marked. Several different hikes as well as guided tours of vanilla and coffee plantations are offered by students at Opunohu Agricultural College at Belvedere. All the shore tours visit Belvedere Lookout, and it's well worth seeing. Try to go early in the day before the rain and mist set in.
If you've never seen Polynesian dances or attended a Hawaiian luau, Tiki Village Theatre (689-55-02-50) will satisfy your curiosity. You'll be immersed in island culture as craftspeople live and work here, carving wood, making flower garlands, and dyeing pareos. There's also a model pearl farm. Tiki Village is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Take a motorboat trip to a secluded motu for a barbeque lunch (fresh fruit juices, salads, barbecued chicken, fish and sausages) and swimming with stingrays. It's one-on-one and a far more pleasant experience than the Caribbean's overcrowded Stingray City excursion. If your ship doesn't offer this excursion, try water-based tour operator Moorea Mahana Tours (689-56-20-44).
Rent a bike and ride around the entire circumference of the island. It takes about six hours on mostly flat, well-paved roads. And there's not much traffic. Moorea Fun Bike (689-70-96-95) will deliver bikes anywhere on the island.
Go eco-touring. Iaorana Tahiti Expeditions (689-28-37-22) offers outings on bird watching, archaeology, botany, history, coral reef ecology, geology and Tahitian culture, upon request. They also conduct culture-oriented tours (such as Ancient Moorea), island tours and hikes. Customized day trips can also be organized.
The beach at the Sofitel la Ora Resort has a great view across to Tahiti and is a good place to while away the afternoon.