Moorea is one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific Ocean. Despite being only about 134 square kilometers, it is part of the 118 islands of autonomous French Polynesia. Moorea is a great holiday destination for visitors who want to experience the fun and culture of Tahiti without the high price tag. The island is perfect for travelers due to its food, trails, cultural festivals, and mountain climbing adventures. Here are ten exciting things to do in this destination on the next vacation.

10 Rent An E-Bike

Visitors going to Moorea should consider renting an e-bike to move around easily. It's cheap and eliminates the hustle of hiring cabs. All bike rentals come with illustrated maps of the island, bike locks, and a safety helmet. Being a small island makes Moorea perfect for bike rides since it's possible to get anywhere with this mode of transport.

Travelers that want a more comfortable experience can try out a scooter. Still, on transportation, why not rent a sea scooter when going to the beach? It's the perfect way to explore the ocean without ending up with sore legs.

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9 Set Sail On A Catamaran

A trip to Moorea is incomplete if one doesn't try the sailboats. Visitors have several options depending on how long they want to sail. That said, the sunset cruise trips are unmatched. Visitors can watch the bright horizon on the lagoon as they kick back and prepare for the night. Many hotels on the island offer round-trip transfers with fruit juices, mai tais, and snorkeling with sharks and stingrays. Sailing at Moorea offers a one-of-a-kind experience, especially for partners or families.

8 Climb And Enjoy Views From Magic Mountain

Climbers will enjoy the island's beauty from the top of Magic Mountain. The coastline is perfectly visible from the various peaks, which is great for photography and epic group picnics. Other key features and attractions for visitors include taking pictures of the coral reefs and the surrounding forests. Travelers with a pair of binoculars get to have extra fun since they can see almost every part of the island from the mountain. The entire trail is safe for visitors, with guides offering additional protection, making it a great choice for couples.

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7 Cocktails At The Beach

Visitors who love cocktails will be delighted by the services offered on most beaches in Moorea. The best thing about the island is that there are refreshments for all times of the day. The most popular cocktails are reserved at midday, especially when it's hot. Guests can choose from various vendors, including established hotels such as Intercontinental Moorea, Manava Beach Resort, and Hilton Moorea Lagoon & Spa.

6 Swim With Sharks And Whales

Moorea has rich marine life, including whales, sharks, and whip rays. Unlike other islands on the Pacific Ocean, visitors are guaranteed to catch these aquatic animals all year round. For example, there's no need to sail too deep into the ocean to catch a glimpse of the whales. Local guides do an amazing job keeping guests safe from predatory species while giving them maximum time to play with the tamed ones.

5 Go On A Jetski Adventure

A Jetski adventure is more fun than most boating activities. Moore Island offers packages based on jet skiing. If a traveler decides to go on such a tour, they should check out some popular bays like Opunohu and Cook. They'll have a chance to experience more marine life than sticking to a single hotel beach. A jetski tour guarantees the visitor an opportunity to see dolphins and turtles, which are rare to spot. However, one should ask their guide to take them to the spots where they hide during the day.

4 Visit The Te Mana O Te Moana

The island of Moorea is popular for its culture, food, and rich marine life. It's only ethical to take care of marine life. The Te Mana O Te Moana center rescues and offers treatment to sick and injured sea turtles. The center is open to tourists. Most turtles at the center are victims of careless human activities such as speargun hunting, fishing net, and speedboat injuries. The healed turtles are later released into the wild ocean, their natural habitat. Visitors are allowed to volunteer at the center all week long.

3 Take Part In Traditional Dinner And Dance

Characterized by food and traditional dance performances, Moorea Island is considered rich in the Tahitian culture. First-time travelers should check out Tiki Village, which hosts such performances regularly. It explores multiple aspects of the French Polynesia culture, including the appreciation for art and beauty. Tourists can buy a few antiques to gift to friends back home. The festival's highlight is the evening buffet dinner, ukulele music, and traditional Tahitian dance performances. The music performances are presented as stories where beautiful dancers narrate the journey that Tahitian warriors braved to New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii searching for pearls.

2 Spend Time At The Belvedere

While the Magic Mountain is known for its aerial view, Belvedere takes things further and treats visitors to a breathtaking view of the Opunohu Bay, Opunohu Valley, and Cook. Visitors who rent a car don't have to hike as there's a good dirt road. Alternatively, they can secure parking and climb the Three Coconut Pass. The trip is quite long as it takes almost three hours.

1 Tiahura Beach

The beaches on Moorea Island are some of the best in French Polynesia. While there are many to choose from, travelers won't go wrong with Tiahura, which is close to Les Tipaniers. It's a narrow beach with extensive white sands. The security guards here ensure that all tourists' belongings are safe. Visitors shouldn't forget to wear aqua socks to protect their feet from sharp rocks.