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Ashore in Tahiti
to see & things to do
mountains served as the backdrop for the movie "South
Pacific" and are far more dramatic up close and personal than
they could ever appear on the silver screen. Moorea ranks high among
cruisers' choice of "favorite island" and with good
cause—it's absolutely stunning and the residents add to the
ambiance. Locals are pleased
with the upswing in tourism and also their government's responsible
position on resort expansion. Only church towers can be taller than
ashore in Moorea is magical. Native
musicians serenade arriving passengers and artisans display their
wares along the jetty. Scooter
and bicycle rentals are available and you can arrange an automobile
rental in advance.
the best way to traverse the Opunohu Valley is by 4X4 tour.
Stops along the way to Le Belvedere, an awe-inspiring vantage
point with some of Tahiti’s most scenic views, usually include the
pineapple processing factory and the painstakingly restored Titiroa
an agricultural research center, Kellum Place was once a private
plantation. You can tour the
house and lush grounds filled with flowers and herbs.
In Papetoai you’ll find the oldest church in Polynesia.
The octagonal church was built in 1822 atop a marae.
Tiki Village may (or may not) be a "slice of island life"
but it certainly is fun in a camp sort of way. Visitors are shown a
miniature pearl farm (reached by canoe) and given the opportunity to
purchase black pearl jewelry on the spot. Resident artisans create
crafts that are also available to purchase. But the real highlight
of the Tiki Village is the show—a pareus demonstration,
high-energy dancing, singing, and finally audience participation.
overlook explorations into the lagoon.
Moorea is one of few places in the world where snorkelers can
swim with stingrays. This is
also a scuba divers heaven and dives can be arranged with local
excursions can include fully narrated bus tours, a dolphin watching
expedition, motu beach picnics, a catamaran sail, waverunner rides
across the lagoon, and parasailing. A
helicopter ride is an exhilarating experience and source of wondrous
views of the complete island and lagoon.
Hauru Point has one of
the best beaches on the island. All
beaches are public and the resorts along this strip don’t seem to
mind if you cut through their property. Motu
Tiahura and Motu Faretone islets are so close to shore that you can
snorkel out to them.
some time to poke around through the dockside stalls. Without
exception, the crafters and artisans in Moorea are friendly as well
as extremely talented—this is the island with the nicest pareus,
mother of pearl jewelry, and watercolors in Tahiti.
There are several fine art galleries in Cook’s Bay.
The Moorea Pearls Centre features an experimental pearl farm
at the aquarium by Cook’s Bay.
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