Moorea, the Magical Island
A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet - what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.
Captain Cook's island has one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Pacific. Its turquoise waters reflect the sumptuous harmony of the underwater world where divers might meet turtles, lepoard rays or even some scorpion fish amidst coral roses hosting many other species. Also a multitude of white sandy beaches, the diversity of the underwater coral and the richness of its marine fauna make it a preferential destination.
A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
A favorite among repeat visitors who all agree: the beauty of Moorea is unforgettable...
Aimeo I Te Rara Varu, the island's poetic name, comes from the eight majestic mountain ridges; however, the name was later changed to Moorea-meaning "Yellow lizard"- following a dream by a high priest. Polynesian legend describes the panorama of volcanic ridges as the second dorsal fin of the fish that became the island of Tahiti. These pinnacles later inspired the mythical "Bali Hai" that was based on James Michener's book, Tales of the South Pacific.