The holiday isle with a laid back atmosphere, great sightseeing and lots of tourist development.
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Moorea has a handful of large international hotel chains offering the complete pampered holiday experience coupled with a bit of adventure. Moorea has lots of guesthouses around the island offering good value for money. The island is an excellent destination for exploring by car, moped, bicycle or foot.
Stunning mountain views can be found all around Moorea's coast. The 899 metre tall Mt. Rotui splits Cooks Bay and Opunohu Bay as seen from the Belvedere Lookout, one of Moorea's popular tourist attractions. The Oponohu Valley offers great views through plantations and higher up in the mountains there are several walking trails. Several ancient marae can be found in the Oponohu Valley including Marae Afareaito and its archery platform.
Whilst the coastal road remains far from busy, recent mass development along the north coast has angered many residents claiming the island has become too commercial .
Cooks Bay with towering Mt. Rotui in the background. The bay is popular with yachts and is deep enough for large ship cruises which often anchor over night. There are no beaches or accommodations around adjacent Oponohu Bay but there is a pleasant beach at Fare Vai Here at the tip of Oponohu Bay which offers excellent snorkelling.
The beach and motu islet at Intercontinental Hotel. The lagoonarium here has lots of fish as well as Dolphin Quest where guests can swim and learn about dolphins. The three islands off the north west coast are popular with day trippers and offer good snorkelling and kayaking.
The two offshore islands off the north west coast of Moorea offer an idyllic south seas setting. The islands are both private but can be visited for day trips and have holiday homes for rent.
This busy stretch of coastline at Hauru Point offers a beautiful beach and lots of water activities but hotels and guesthouses are back to back. The beach stretches for over a kilometre. Kite surfing off Hauru Point. Water skiing, kayaking and banana boat roads are other motorised water activities on offer at this busy tourist centre.
The village is also a popular wedding destination. Most of the west coast beyond Hauru Point is undeveloped with the occasional village settlement and small guesthouse. The Tiki Village is a hugely popular cultural centre offering a glimpse at Tahiti's past along with dance performances.
Sleepy Afareaitu Town is the administrative centre of Moorea but far away from the main tourist developments with no tourist accommodation. There's a narrow beach, shallow lagoon and offshore island of Motu Ahi outside of Afareaitu Town.
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