Port of Moorea
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It's said that the idyllic 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 paradisiacal 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. Residents of Tahiti know all about it. They come for the weekend because it's so easy to get here, a mere 12 miles and 30 minutes on the fast ferry from Papeete. No matter when you visit, you won't find crowds or traffic jams. Only about 12,000 people call this home.
Top Moorea Itineraries
Paul Gauguin7 Night South Pacific CruiseTahiti , Huahine, Bora Bora, Bora Bora, Moorea, Moorea, Tahiti , TahitiNow
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Emerald Princess28 Night Hawaii Tahiti & SamoaLos Angeles, Hilo, Honolulu, Maui, Kauai, Pago Pago, Bora Bora, Bora Bora, Tahiti , Tahiti , Moorea, Los AngelesNow
Wind Spirit11 Night South Pacific CruiseTahiti , Tahiti , Rangiroa, Raiatea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Tahiti , TahitiNow
Celebrity Solstice19 Night Tahitian Treasures CruiseSydney , Auckland, Tahiti , Moorea, Bora Bora, Hilo, Maui, HonoluluNow
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 tender passengers to makeshift villages that spring to life only when ships are in.
Good to Know
Chickens crossing the road! Moorea is sleepy and safe, and besides sunburn and mosquito bites there's little to fear. Still, practice common sense.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The local currency is the French Pacific franc. A good rule of thumb is that 100 francs equal $1 -- but you'll want to check XE.com for the latest exchange rates; a Banque de Polynesie ATM is located in Le Petit Village, the island's main shopping area.
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.
In the islands, a hand-dyed pareo (the local version of a sarong) serves as a beach cover-up or a tropical dinner dress. Guys can wear them too.
On a hot day, pineapple liqueur and ginger rum go down nice and easy. Try the various fruit liquors made by the Pineapple Factory at Jus De Fruits de Moorea located in Pihaena.