5 things to do in Moorea, French Polynesia


Moorea, French Polynesia - 5 things photo moorea

Moorea must seem like the little sister to its more famous counterparts of Bora Bora and Tahiti, but it is a picturesque little island in its own right.  We truly enjoyed our 5 nights on the island.  We wanted to give you an idea of some of the things you can check out.


With a shallow lagoon that you can often stand up in for hundreds of meters off the shore, it is the perfect place to get up close and personal with the animal and plant life in the lagoon.  This makes it the ideal setting for snorkeling and the reward will be sights of numerous colourful fish, and possibly sting rays, octopi, and black tip reef sharks.  Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera to capture all of the amazing life.

Moorea, French Polynesia - Snorkeling 2

French Polynesia - Snorkeling Moorea

Rudy’s Restaurant

One of the true treats in Moorea is Rudy’s.  It is a restaurant opened up by a French chef who visited the island and loved it so much, he decided to stay and open a restaurant.  We chose to dine here because we really wanted to try something outside the resorts (not saying their food was bad).  We absolutely loved the meal, including beef bourguignon and the restaurants specialty, parrotfish.  Evan is not a fan of seafood, but even he couldn’t deny the parrotfish was delicious!

Moorea, French Polynesia - Beef Bourguignon

Moorea, French Polynesia - Parrotfish

Belvedere Lookout

Offering a spectacular panoramic view of Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay divided by Mount Rotui.  This is the only easily accessible location of the island where you can view both bays simultaneously.  The multiple shades of blue in the water are amazing.

Jeep 4×4 Safari

These tours go inland through the farmer’s fields, many of which contain pineapples.  Book a tour that includes traveling to the center of the now extinct volcano.  This tour is best done in fair weather so try holding off on booking until arriving on the island, where there is local weather reports.  Often bookings can be made the day before the tour to ensure views will be maximized.

Moorea, French Polynesia - Jeep Safari

Overwater Bungalow

As this is one of the few places in the world with the right geography for overwater bungalows, it is worth the extra money to have this experience of a hotel suite above water.  Being able to jump directly in the water from the room’s balcony is a memory that will not soon be forgotten.

Moorea, French Polynesia - Overwater Bungalows 2

Moorea, French Polynesia - Overwater Bungalow Rainbow

We really enjoyed our time on Moorea nearly as much as on Bora Bora and would recommend people heading to French Polynesia check out both Moorea and Bora Bora.  To see a full list of things to do in Moorea, check out our travel guides page.


What is your favourite lesser-known island destination?  What makes it so special?


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