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Moorea, Island of Artists

Fast and regular access: Moorea is located 30 minutes by ferry boat from Papeete.

Be enthralled by the beauty of enchanting Moorea with its amazing sceneries and pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. This island gem is suited for any discovery whether you want to just relax or indulge in its unforgettable and privileged marine life. Its sweet pace of life and its timeless charm immediately appeals to the traveler. Cut by a couple of majestic bays, Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, the lush mountainous landscape contrast with the crystal clear blue lagoon. Bungalows of resorts and family pensions are scattered on beautiful white sand beaches, among flowered gardens or over the lagoon allowing you to discover the best of Moorea’s spirit.

3 good reasons to stay in Moorea

A natural playground

The quiet waters of the lagoon and the annual trade winds (April-October) allow for many activities: outrigger canoe, paddle boarding, kite boarding, water skiing and even surfing around of some of the passes. Moorea is also a haven for divers who instantly fall in love with the varied coral reef eco-system and the colorful mix of marine life. While scuba diving or snorkeling you can encounter stingrays, sharks, marine turtles in a clear lagoon sparkling with different shades of blue. On the mountain side, the sharp landscape is overlooked by eight summits featuring a magnificent ancient volcanic crater which has now become a lush valley. It is the perfect area for hiking, horseback riding, quad biking or exploring on a 4WD.

A specific Polynesian ambiance

Colorful, flowered and radiant, the island of Moorea is a pleasure for all senses. It is a constant luxury to stroll between gardens and white sand beaches, myriads of flowers and pineapple plantations, to watch fishermen on their outrigger canoe or to listen to the sound of the 'ukulele sitting under a pūrau tree (Hibiscus tiliaceus). One will relish these magical moments and this unmatched world of enchantment.

A source of inspiration

Many artists live on the island of Moorea. Painters, carvers, jewelers and tatooists have settled down on this island and take their time to capture the island’s beauty and serenity and find the inspiration to create their art.

Swim with dolphins at the Moorea Dolphin Center

The Moorea Dolphin Center is located within the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa, and is a fabulous opportunity for families (from the age of 3) and enthusiasts to meet dolphins in an environmental and educational way. Some programs even allow you to swim with them, always in small groups. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to approach these fascinating marine mammals safely.