Moorea is considered one of the world's most beautiful islands. Pic: Herve
Moorea is one of the world’s most scenic islands. Pic: Herve/flikr


Mountainous Mo’orea is part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, just 17km northwest of Tahiti.

The island is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

It has a variety of accommodation, including the over-water bungalows popular with holidaymakers.

But there are other excellent beachside stays. See them here.

Ferries go to Vai’are wharf in Mo’orea daily from the Tahitian capital Pape’ete.

Mo’orea’s Tema’e Airport has regular flights to Pape’ete International Airport and other Society Islands such as Bora Bora. Air Tahiti is the service used locally.

Mo’orea airport is located north of Vai’are Bay.

There is one road around the island marked in kilometres from one to 35. The first marker is near the airport and the 35th one is in Ha’apiti.

The island was formed by a volcano up to 2.5 million years ago, the result of a geologic hotspot that formed the Society Archipelago.

There are two small bays on the north shore, one to the west called ‘Ōpūnohu Bay and one to the east called Cook’s Bay.

Vai’are Bay is a small inlet on the east shore and a busy area, as the main village is near the bay.

The highest point on the island is Mount Tohi’e’a, near the island’s centre. It can be seen from Tahiti.

There are hiking trails in the mountains.

Because of its stunning scenery, Mo’orea is a popular destination for special occasions.

The widely travelled late naturalist Charles Darwin looked at the reef surrounding the island from one of the peaks and described it as a “picture in a frame”.

Visitors who enjoy watersports are well catered for.

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Tahiti is the largest in the Windward Island group of French Polynesia, within the Society Islands archipelago of the Southern Pacific Ocean.

This island formed from a volcano and is mountainous and famous for black sand beaches.

It is surrounded by coral reefs.

Tahiti is divided into two parts, the bigger northwestern Tahiti Nui and the smaller southeastern Tahiti Iti.

It is French colony with a population of almost 200,000, the cultural and political centre of French Polynesia.

The capital Pape’ete is on the northwest coast, with Fa’a’ā International Airport located near Papeete.

Polynesians represent about 70 per cent of the population, with the rest being European, Chinese and mixed heritage.

French is the official language, although Tahitian is widely spoken.

Tahiti’s currency is the French Pacific Franc, pegged to the Euro at 1 CFP = EUR .0084. Local hotels and financial institutions offer exchange services.

While Tahiti is an interesting destination in itself, it is today often just a stopover point for people visiting the surrounding islands such as Bora Bora, reached by regular flights from Pape’ete.

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Tahiti and its islands are famous for over-water accommodation
Tahiti’s islands are famous for over-water accommodation. Pic: Mayumi Ishikawa/flkr

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is an island group in French Polynesia
Bora Bora is an island group in French Polynesia
Bora Bora
Bora Bora resorts (above) and regional islands below … explore further with the zoomable map at the bottom of this page

Bora Bora is perhaps one of the world’s great tropical island destinations.

It is a wonderful place, but the best resorts are not cheap.

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The Bora Bora group comprises just 30km2 of the Society Islands of French Polynesia.

The main island is surrounded by lagoon and barrier reef, with an extinct volcano rising in two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.

The major settlement is Vaitape, on the west side of the main island, opposite the lagoon entrance channel.

Hotel Bora Bora opened in 1961, with the first over-water bungalows built in 1970.

Several resorts have since been built on the small islands surrounding the lagoon. The quality ranges from cheap to luxurious.

Air Tahiti has up to six flights daily to Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mute from Tahiti and other islands.

Rental cars and bicycles are the transport used on the islands, with two-seater buggies for hire in Vaitape.

Explore Bora Bora (capital Vaitape) and the nearby islands with our Google map. Zoom in to find the resorts.

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