Located just across the “Sea Of Moons” from Tahiti, Moorea rises out of the ocean like a cathedral. You’ll find high, sharp green mountain peaks crowned by clouds. Waterfalls tumbling down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of emerald green will renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Moorea tends to be a more active island than Bora Bora and others. It is a great place to immerse yourself in local culture and meet the people. Moorea offers a terrific selection of resorts as well as many land-based and water-based activities. We highly recommend a stop at The Belvedere – it is amazing to see Moorea’s volcanic peaks reflected in the crystal waters of Cook’s bay and Opunohu bay.
Moorea is a great place to rent a car for a day. There is a loop road that takes you all the way around the island – about 37 miles total. Stop at the Belvedere Point for amazing views of Cooks & Opunohu Bay, the Fruit Juice Distillery for free tastings and maybe stop for lunch at Le Hotel Tipanier at their fantastic beachside restaurant.
If you are combining Moorea with Bora Bora, you may want to start your trip in a beach bungalow or a garden bungalow with pool and then save the overwater bungalow experience for Bora Bora.
Moorea is a very large island with a lush interior. This is our preferred island for land-based activities, however there are some excellent water-based activities as well. Here are some of our favorites:
The resorts on Moorea all offer a great selection of fine dining on the property as well as more casual options. You will also find some very good local restaurants on the main island. This is a great way to experience some of the local flavor! Below is a list of some of our favorites.
Most of the local restaurants on Moorea will provide complimentary transportation to/from the resort if you make a reservation with the concierge staff during your stay
Since 2007, the Rudy’s is specializing in the finest French cuisine with authentic island influences. This local family owner has for more than 40 years of experience and also own other restaurants in Moorea such as the Maui Beach, Les Tipaniers and Coconut House.
Te Honu Iti
Classic French restaurant. Great food with a mix of local cuisine. Gorgeous views of Cook’s bay in a nice, local environment.
The restaurant sits beachfront, with breathtaking views of the ocean and a small motu (islet) nearby. This is a great place for lunch if you are driving around the island. Many locals visit. They feature French/Italian cuisine.
Moorea Beach Café by Bruno Jamais
Moorea Beach Café is a café and restaurant overlooking one of Moorea’s beautiful lagoons, creating the idyllic setting for a New Cuisine in a musical ambience. The parking lot is right across the street but you can also come with your boat and park right in front at the lagoon. The owner, Bruno Jamais have worked in several famous restaurants in New York, Manhattan, in the island of St Martin (Caribbean) before moving to Moorea in 2012.
Holy Steak House
First Steak House in Moorea, it also offers fine wines and cocktails. Enjoy a delicious cocktail in front of a spectacular sunset show and a diner on the terrace with an amazing view of the lagoon up in the hills.