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3 Days in Moorea: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2018

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Known for its lush, rugged landscape, emerald lagoons and rich culture, Moorea is a French Polynesian paradise. With so much to do and see in Moorea, it can be difficult to plan an itinerary if you only have limited time. To help you plan your stay, here are some suggestions for how to spend three days on the island.

Day 1: Have an aquatic adventure
Temae Beach is a good place to start the day. Surrounded by jagged green mountainside, tall coconut trees and translucent blue waters, it's the perfect spot to relax on the soft gold sand with a good book or take to the waters for some snorkeling among the coral and colorful fish. Opunohu Bay is another great choice that offers a quieter, more secluded experience for snorkeling.

Moorea's Lagoonarium, located in an enclosed part of the lagoon near Motu Ahi, is also a top snorkeling spot where visitors can also nurse baby sharks.

If you're a diver, you can opt for exploring even further below the surface, with chances to see tropical fish, sting rays, dolphins, Lemon sharks, grey reef sharks, and black-tipped reef sharks.

Day 2: Art, history and culture
Start your day by heading to Papetoai to peruse the art galleries and artisanal shops. The commercial center is littered with mixed media spaces as well as places to purchase, handicrafts, black pearls, artwork, books, shells and more. When you get hungry, the nearby Le Bateau serves up traditional French and Tahitian cuisine in a floating restaurant. 

Next explore the island's maraes, sacred stone structures where Māori people practiced their religion. There are numerous marae on Moorea. For example, close to Belvedere Lookout you'll find Titiroa Marae as well as the larger Afareiato Marae. Once the community's central hub, this is where everything from human sacrifices to cultural festivals took place.

End your day by heading to the Tiki Theatre Village, a cultural center on Moorea featuring a replicated traditional village and pearl farm, cultural demonstrations on weaving, tattooing and carving and traditional performances. In the evening you can purchase tickets for a live dance show, which features a mix of pyrotechnics and acrobatics. The experience also includes a Polynesian buffet and welcome punch. Best of all, it is free to have Tiki Theatre Village come to your hotel, pick you up and bring you to the show.

Day 3: Relaxation and landscape
End your trip by getting some last minute pictures of some of Moorea's most beautiful spots, as well as indulging with a traditional spa treatment. Two of the island's most photographed sites are Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, which are separated in the middle by Mt Rotui. For the best view of the entire scene, drive up to Belvedere Lookout, which also gives aerial views of the lush Opunohu Valley and its many coconut groves.

After you get your shots, head to one of the island's many spas, like the Moorea Lagoon Spa at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort or the Hélène Spa at the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea. Here, you can pamper yourself and get a dose of culture with a traditional Polynesian treatment or massage incorporating oils made with local ingredients.

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Moorea Intimate Snorkeling and Water Lunch Tour, Moorea, null
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Moorea Intimate Snorkeling and Water Lunch Tour

Join us everyday aboard a Polynesian outrigger canoe to discover Moorea's fabulous lagoon and its marine wildlife & enjoy Polynesian culture with your ...  Read more

Location: Pape'ete, French Polynesia
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From USD $99.66
Moorea Combo Jet ski & ATV, Moorea, Day Cruises
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Moorea Combo Jet ski & ATV

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Opportunity to do these two activities on two different days. Jet ski : During 3:00, you will visit Cook's Bay then Opunohu's Bay and then go swimming ...  Read more

Location: Maharepa, French Polynesia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $185.00
Moorea Lagoon Cruise and Island Picnic, Moorea, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Moorea Lagoon Cruise and Island Picnic

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover the gems of Moorea on a boat cruise that includes swimming with stingrays and a visit to a small uninhabited island. See Cook’s Bay, Opunohu Bay and ...  Read more

Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.71
Moorea Lagoon Tour by Transparent Kayak, Moorea, Snorkeling
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Moorea Lagoon Tour by Transparent Kayak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore Moorea Lagoon on a guided tour by a double transparent kayak, a fun and unique experience and great to do as a couple, with your family or between ...  Read more

Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Duration: 2 to 4 hrs

From USD $40.44
Moorea Solo or Twin Jet Ski Tour, Moorea, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Moorea Solo or Twin Jet Ski Tour

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Discover the beautiful island of Moorea solo or bicylette. Choose this 3 hour option and visit the lagoon, meet and swim with rays, sharks, and depending on ...  Read more

Location: Maharepa, Moorea
Duration: Flexible

From USD $102.50
Private 4-Hour Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon, Moorea, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Private 4-Hour Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon

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Come onboard on a fully private boat tour to discover the Lagoon of Moorea. Have the whole boat to yourself to discover the most beautiful corals and ...  Read more

Location: Ha'apiti, French Polynesia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $312.19
Morning or Afternoon Moorea Jet Ski Tour, Moorea, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Morning or Afternoon Moorea Jet Ski Tour

Zip around Moorea's lagoon on a morning or afternoon Jet Ski tour. Aboard a single or double Jet Ski, you’ll cruise across Moorea's stunning lagoon with an ...  Read more

Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.01
Private 4-Hour Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon, Moorea, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Private 4-Hour Boat Tour of Moorea Lagoon

Come onboard on a fully private boat tour to discover the Lagoon of Moorea. Have the whole boat to yourself to discover the most beautiful corals and ...  Read more

Location: Ha'apiti, French Polynesia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.33
Full-Day Moorea Cultural Tour, Moorea, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Moorea Cultural Tour

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Enjoy this small group Moorea cultural island day tour with your local guide. Let your local guide lead you on a journey of discovery as you learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $109.42
Moorea Discovery Half-day Sailing, Moorea, Full-day Tours
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Moorea Discovery Half-day Sailing

Succumb to the Polynesian spirit for several hours on the pirogue to discover the lagoons of the north of the island. With a panoramic view of the generous ...  Read more

Location: Papetō'ai, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.39

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