"The perfect South Sea Island." Moorea by colin_bramso
Moorea Travel Guide: 314 reviews and 659 photos
It's a small heart-shaped island with few roads and so it's easy to explore if you hire a car, and that is well worth doing. You can also take guided tours - we did a combination of the two, a tour first to get our bearings and to hear the information from the driver/guide, then a car to explore on our own for two days.
The inland scenery is stunning with jagged volcanic mountains covered by lush greenery. The island is encircled by the turquoise of the lagoon and then the deep blue of the ocean. Moorea also, uniquely among the Society Islands, has both white and black sand beaches.
One absolutely breathtaking spot is a lookout way up in the interior mountains, between Mount Rotui and Mount Tohivea. Local history says the view was once reserved only for the gods... on one side is Cook's Bay, named after Capt. Cook of course, and the other side is the equally beautiful Opunohu Bay.
You could just stand there for hours, drinking in the beauty.
The sunsets are just out of this world. Unbelievable. Each evening the colours are different, from orange to purple to... more travel advice
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