Moorea - The Island of Love
Known by Tahitians as The Island of Love, the beauty of the heart-shaped island of Moorea long ago inspired masterpieces by famed French impressionist Paul Gauguin that hang in galleries the world over today, enticing art lovers, and lovers of every stripe, from around the globe to it's sunkissed shores. With it's verdant mountains and stunning lagoon resembling an artist's palette of blues and greens, to glimpse Moorea is to fall in love at first sight.
A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only twenty five minutes by high-speed ferry, Moorea soars impressively out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – everything you would imagine a South Pacific island to be. Neon blue waters invite unending days of exploration, the snorkeling from shore is dynamic and varied, dolphins and even whales in season are commonly spotted. Take a scenic drive along the coastal road and visit the twin coves Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, discover picturesque small villages with charming shops full of local original art, Tahitian pearls, perfumes and oils, and wood handicrafts. Enjoy the surprising number of delectable restaurants that line the shore. Moorea has a thriving cultural scene, and abounds with interesting historical sites from ancient Polynesia, World War II, and even Hollywood's golden age. Go inward to the islands' glorious interior, and discover dramatic bright-green valleys encircled by sentinal-like mountain ridges, hike or take an ATV or jeep tour through a canopy of lush rainforest, fertile valleys with tropical fruit plantations, ascend the mountains to the famed Belvedere Lookout and Magic Mountain for stunning panoramic overlooks.