Moorea: An Overlooked Paradise? I think Yes

When I visualize an island paradise, it has clear, calm waters, friendly people, great vibes, and plenty of activities to keep me occupied. Mo’orea has all of this and more! But for some reason, Bora Bora is much more widely known than Mo’orea, and it’s also much harder (and more expensive) to get to. While we were pretty ready to leave Bora Bora after a week, Pete basically had to drag me out of our over-water bungalow in Mo’orea. If we weren’t heading to Easter Island next, I think I would’ve stayed forever.

What makes Mo’orea so heavenly? Allow me to explain. Here’s what our (too short) 3 night stay in Mo’orea, a gorgeous, heart-shaped island in French Polynesia, was like, told mostly through pictures.


Where we stay usually has a huge impact on our perception of a place. Perhaps one of the reasons we fell so hard for Mo’orea was because of the gorgeous hotel we stayed at (on points, of course): the Intercontinental Mo’orea. Not only was this hotel beautiful to begin with, but we got upgraded (thanks to Pete’s status with IHG) to an over-water bungalow.

Walking from your hotel porch right into the water to snorkel? Don’t mind if I do.

Passing by a turtle sanctuary on the way to the gym hot? Sure, why not.

Saying hello to dolphins on the way to your bungalow every day? Sign me up!

Read our full review of the hotel here.

What We Did

Laundry (we fit right in….?)

laundry moorea

Snorkeled every day

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Kayaked to the shark and sting ray area

Watched the sun paint the sky

Essential Info

I hope I’ve inspired you to check out Mo’orea! Here is some information you’ll find helpful for your visit.

Language: French, though most people we talked to had decent English and we had no troubles communicating

Currency: XPF – CFP Franc (usually just called the franc)

Our first look at Mo’orea from our plane to Tahiti

Getting there: You have two options (read the details here):

  1. Cheaper option: take a ferry from Tahiti. It’s a quick 30 minute ride. It costs 2320 XPF, or $20.75 USD, for a round-trip ticket from Pape’ete. Take the red ferry – it’s the cheapest and has the best reputation among the locals! It’s air-conditioned and has plenty of seats – just be sure to get there at least 15 minutes before. Purchase the ticket downstairs and board upstairs.
  2. More expensive option: fly from Tahiti. Honestly, I’m not sure why you’d do this, since taking the ferry is cheap and easy.

Look out for a future post comparing our stay in Bora Bora to this one in Mo’orea!

4 Comment

  1. Craig says: Reply

    Wow! what a beautiful destination. Based on your review and great pictures, I will add to my travel bucket list!

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      It’s definitely worth a visit!!

  2. Caren says: Reply

    It’s shocking that such a true paradise is the best kept secret! So glad you got to enjoy it!!

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      It was quite a shock to us, too!

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