Destination guide: Moorea, Polynesia
Moorea is a triangular island approximately 18 kilometers from Tahiti in the South Pacific. Some of its great attractions are the so-called "Moorea Mountains", with their craggy volcanic peaks.
You'll also find white sandy beaches with turquoise water, coral reefs and the Moorea Dolphin Center there. Unlike Papeete, this island does not have built-up areas, making it an ideal destination for preaceful, restful and relaxing vacations. Travel to Moorea and discover the best of Polynesia!
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Moorea - Things to do
The early-20th-century Maison Blanche is a fine example of a fare vanira, a plantation house from Moorea’s vanilla-boom era. Located just past the Moorea Pearl Resort, the Maison Blanche is now a souvenir shop. It has a fairly typical selection of pareu (sarongs) and Balinese woodcarvings.
Get all-day American-, French- or Tahitian-style breakfasts, burgers, pizzas, salads, ice-cream treats and more at this affordable and popular cafe. Don’t miss the French-style coffee, pastries and crêpes.
Telephone Number: +689 56 15 88
Opening Hours: breakfast & lunch
Pricing: breakfasts from 950 CFP, lunch mains from 1300 CFP
Extras: Maharepa shopping centre
Le Sud Restaurant
The airy French-plantation decor and good food make this a winner (though portions are a bit small).
Telephone Number: +689 56 42 95
Opening Hours: lunch & dinner Tue-Sat, lunch Sun
Pricing: mains 1300-3000 CFP
Restaurant Te Honu Iti
The terrace of this place sits over the water, and at night the water is lit up so you can watch rays and fish swim below. The owner’s original paintings grace the walls, so you have something else interesting to look at too, as you dine on exquisite osso bucco (2400 CFP), lobster (4200 CFP) or an array of French-inspired dishes.
Telephone Number: +689 56 19 84
Opening Hours: lunch & dinner Thu-Tue
Pricing: mains 1900-4200 CFP
Catering to hungry French Polynesian families, this place serves giant pizzas (plenty of toppings) for five people for very reasonable prices. There’s a cat-theme decor and the chef lets out an occasional meow as he spices his creations.
Telephone Number: +689 56 15 20
Pricing: pizzas 2000 CFP
Lots of Cajun specialities as well as some of Moorea's best vegetarian dishes are available at this classy, white-clad, jazz-infused restaurant. There's often live music on Saturdays and the wine list and service are just as good as the food.
Telephone Number: +689 56 45 10
Pricing: mains 1100-3600 CFP
This is the biggest supermarket and is about 500m south of the quay in Vaiare.
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, morning Sun
Jus de Fruits de Moorea
About 300m inland from the coastal road, the Jus de Fruits de Moorea is a welcome, thirst-quenching stop. The various fruit liqueurs are free to try but the juices are not (a carton of 100% pineapple juice is 320 CFP).
Telephone Number: +689 56 11 33
Opening Hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Sat
Pricing: admission free
Order a (not-sogreat) burrito and enjoy the music at this funky little Tex-Mex joint (mains 1000 CFP to 2000 CFP). You can check your email while you imbibe at the bar. It's best to reserve well in advance on nights when there is music (entry fee 500 CFP).
Telephone Number: +689 55 01 70
Opening Hours: 8am-11pm Mon-Wed, 8am-1am Thu-Sat
This is a Tahitian cultural village where tourists can watch local people ‘living’ in the traditional way. The main draw is the spectacular 60-person evening dance performances (the biggest on the island). Daytime shows are an OK alternative but lack some of the intense
Telephone Number: +689 55 02 50
Opening Hours: lunch & day show Tue-Sat, dinner & night show Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat
Pricing: admission with lunch 1500 CFP, with/without dinner 8700/4400 CFP