Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea is situated approximately 17 km’s northwest of Tahiti, in the French Polynesian Society group of islands, located in the South Pacific Ocean. The scenery on Moorea is spectacular with its volcanic peaks best viewed from Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, or from the Belvedere Lookout point between the two bays. Its mountain slopes are covered with rain forest or pineapple plantations, and white sand beaches border crystal blue lagoons.
Attractions on the island include the Tiki village, the beautiful large garden and old colonial home at Kellum, Opunohu valley and island tours. There are a broad range of nautical activities on offer, including deep sea fishing, motor boat cruising, sailing, scuba diving, coral gazing and shell collecting using glass-bottom boats.
Things to See and Do
* Belevedere lookout
* Visit the Tiki Village
* Jus De Fruits De Moorea – Pineapple juice factory & distillery
* Horse riding
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 134 km²
Population – 16,200 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 689
Port Location – The port is located on the northeast side of the island, approximately 3km’s from the airport.
Transport Links – The airport is located in the village of Temae on the northeast side of the island. Air Moorea has many flights between Moorea and Tahiti. Flights depart every hour beginning at sunrise and continuing to dusk. Air Tahiti also stops on Moorea.
The Moorea Ferry operates from Papeete. There are also several Ferries which transport people and goods throughout the islands.
Two cruise ships/luxury liners currently ply the islands: the Paul Gauguin, which does a regular 7-day trip around the Societies, with occasional trips out to the Tuamotus, Marquesas and Cook Islands; and the Tahitian Princess which does similar itineraries.