8 Epic Things To Do In Moorea, French Polynesia


Moorea lends itself to intriguing and adrenaline-filled outdoor activities. From adventurous hikes through the mountains to fascinating aquatic excursions, this place is an exemplary trip for many tourists.

Although Moorea is a small island, it is a little piece of paradise suitable for couples, solo travelers or groups. These are the top eight activities visitors should not miss on Moorea.

8 Mountain bike ride Moorea Tours

Arguably, no other activity compares to the adrenaline rush that these ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) provide. The excursion delights with exceptional views while maneuvering through the magnificent mountains, valleys, rivers and Belvedere Pineapple Farm. As well as traversing the iconic viewpoints, the ATV tour concludes with sweet pineapple juice tasting sessions.

The guides are very knowledgeable and friendly which makes the trip fun and educational. This tour is open to adults and children five years and older.

  • Recommendations: Fare Maheata Guesthouse, Moorea Surf Inn, Village Temanoha, La Maison Orange, and Residence Moorea Sunset Beach

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7 Climb the magic mountain

It would be heartbreaking for tourists to visit Moorea and not have a 360 degree view through the top of this mountain. Travelers can choose between two routes, both with different levels of difficulty. There is the option of hiking in the forest using mountain bikes, solo or in a team. However, the final push to the top is on foot. The hiking trails are home to breathtaking viewpoints that make the whole trip worth it.

  • Recommendations: Moorea Beach Lodge, Residence Moorea Sunset Beach, Fare Maheata Guesthouse, Village Temanoha, and Fenua Mata’i’oa

6 Relaxing on the beach of Temae

Located in the northern part of Moorea, Temae Beach is the ideal representation of paradise on earth. Besides the white sand and clear water seen on most beaches, there are beautiful coconut trees and palm trees that add more beauty.

The most popular option is snorkeling, which gives explorers a glimpse of the underwater world. From colorful reefs to tropical fish, the snorkeling experience is a fantasy in its purest form. Nearby outlets offer exotic refreshments to complete the whole experience.

  • Recommendations: Village Temanoha, Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, Fenua Mata’i’oa and Village Temanoha

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5 Snorkeling at Shark Sandbank

Here is an exceptional opportunity for vacationers wishing to realize the fantasy of swimming with sharks. Unlike other snorkeling spots with only multicolored fish, Shark bank stands out with its blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus).

Coming into contact with the shark triggers a bucket of mixed emotions, but the whole experience is worth it. In fact, tourists may find themselves planning another return trip while still underwater! Curious, harmless, shy and beautiful, this iconic species makes every traveler’s visit to Moorea worthwhile.

  • Recommendations: Hotel Les Tipaniers

4 Dance at the Tiki Village Cultural Center

This place gives tourists a taste of the captivating history and culture of French Polynesia. Lūʻau, a traditional Hawaiian celebration, entertains travelers with authentic music and exceptional cultural performances. The magnificent Tahitian fire tops make the evening dances more intriguing. Guests also get the chance to take to the dance floor and show off their epic dancing skills.

Local villagers hold craft demonstrations, where travelers can learn about sarong dyeing, weaving and basket weaving. Don’t forget to stop by the restaurants in the village to taste famous dishes like kalua pig, laulau, haupia and poke.

  • Recommendations: Moorea Beach Hotel, Moorea Lagoon House, and Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

3 Go Kite Surfing at Lakana Fly Moorea

With its unique setting and favorable climatic conditions, Moorea is an ideal place to try this sensational sport. Several certified instructors are on board to guide explorers through the process. From learning kite control to body pulling, beginners are sure to get the most intriguing experience from this activity.

  • Recommendations: Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea, Fenua Mata’i’oa, Residence Moorea Sunset Beach, and Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort


2 Stay in an overwater bungalow resort

Thousands of travelers have always marveled at the impeccable beauty of overwater bungalows on Instagram. Fortunately, Moorea has an exciting range of resorts with accommodations perched on shallow waters. Overwater bungalows are mostly popular among honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic retreat. Here they get the ultimate privacy and relaxation to spice things up.

The luxurious cabins have balconies that offer spectacular and unbeatable views of the lagoon, beach or ocean. Most also have a private staircase that makes it easy to dive into the restful water for a soothing swim.

  • Recommendations: Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort, Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, Aimeo Lodge and Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

1 Go on a jet ski excursion in Moorea

A jet ski expedition is another fascinating way to get an up-close view of volcanic mountains and stunning bays. Running on the vibrant blue bay of Opunohu makes for an unforgettable and breathtaking excursion. The adventure is also a fascinating way to see various marine species in their natural environment. These alluring animals include sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays.

  • Recommendations: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, Fare Om, Moorea Golf Lodge, Moorea Surf Inn and Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort


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