Insider's Guide to Moorea

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

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Separating the beautiful Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, Mt. Rotui is an iconic mountain in Moorea that dominates the landscape. In a dramatic fashion, jagged sides lush with green meet at the top in an almost perfect pyramid, its rocky spur reaching 2,951 feet (900m). When clouds are behind the mountain, it almost appears as if it is a smoking volcano.

Those with a strong sense of adventure who are in top shape may also choose to climb the mountain, which is extremely challenging. Ascending up the north ridge, be prepared for steep sections and spots where you must cling to vines to steady yourself. It is recommended to hire a local guide to not only help you navigate the rugged terrain, but also get permission from the land owner so you're not trespassing on private property.

For your hard work, you will be rewarded with aerial views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay and the surrounding mountains, villages and valleys. If you want to ensure dry climbing conditions, your best time to visit is July through September, as attempting the challenge when it is wet is almost a guarantee you will fall several times.

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