Moorea Journals

Moorea, Paradise on Earth

An October 2002 trip to Moorea by DT

Quote: Moorea is fantastic. It is an island paradise. It isn't as built up as Hawaii, but that is it's charm.

Moorea, Paradise on Earth

Overview

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The shark feeding tour should not be missed. For around 50 dollars you will get to swim with the sharks, feed the stingrays and have a picnic lunch on a motu. The sharks are tame; they are afraid of people. They are of the black tip reef variety and they seemed mellow. What a rush. The snorkeling is also fantastic. Next you will feed the rays. They are very gentle and playful. They reminded me of puppy dogs of the sea. After that you will go to a motu to snorkel around and have lunch, simply fantastic. If there is one thing you should do on the island, it’s this. Quick Tips: Some things one should not forget when packing. Suntan lotion and film (it’s a fortune to buy them here), bug...Read More

Club Bali Hai

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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The Club Bali Hai might not have some of the amenities that the Sheraton or the Intercontinental has, but it does have a few things the other two don’t. The Club is about half the price of the other two properties. The Bali Hai is a laid back property that has an extremely friendly staff. Most of the rooms have air conditioning, which I would recommend. The overwater bungalows do not have air conditioning. Think about the heat and the mosquitoes before deciding on a room. We had a garden view room and it was fine. Although we were not on the water, the rooms have a nice patio to relax on and the room itself was quite comfortable. The rooms have a refrigerator, which helps with some of the food...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Club Bali Hai
Main Road, PK 8
Moorea, French Polynesia

Chez Roger

Restaurant | "Chez Roger, the Little Turtle"

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Chez Roger is the nicest restaurant on the island. They have many local dishes and French standards. The dining patio lights shine down on the water and a whole host of rays and eels come out. Very interesting dining entertainment. It’s not cheap, but it is worth eating here once.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Chez Roger
Cook's Bay
Moorea, French Polynesia

Blue Pineapple

Restaurant

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The Blue Pineapple is the café on the water at the Club Bali Hai. The food is good and the view is spectacular. Sip on some fresh fruit juice and soak it all in, truly paradise.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Blue Pineapple
Main Road
Moorea, French Polynesia

Allo Pizza

Restaurant

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Allo Pizza is a good pizza and good buy compared to everything else. They run around ten bucks. The pizzas are smaller; one pizza was plenty for one person; but not enough for two. They deliver also.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Allo Pizza
Main Road
Moorea, French Polynesia

Poulet Roti

Restaurant

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Poulet Roti is French for rotisserie chicken. Everyday except Thursdays, a small white covered truck shows up after 4 P.M. at a parking lot in Pao Pao. For 11 bucks you will receive a large rotisserie chicken and two potatoes. She will bag it up for you to go. It is a bit messy because you will need to cut it up and plate it yourself, but it is a delicious, affordable dinner. Eating out at 50 a pop gets old and this is great. You won’t be disappointed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Poulet Roti
Main Road
Moorea, French Polynesia

Maria's Tapas

Restaurant

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Maria’s Tapas is an internet café with a large selection of beers. The food is good and affordable. They are open until 2. It is by the Hotel Kaveka. Also, the computers are fairly fast and they have English keyboards, many on the island are French.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Maria's Tapas
Main Road
Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea

Story/Tip

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Moorea is a magical paradise that could be greener than any other place on Earth. The native Mooreans are extremely nice and the general atmosphere is laid back and casual. The natural beauty is overwhelming. The mountains seem to rise right out of the ocean and the water is crystal clear. It is a small island, but there is plenty to do. Most people speak English, but you can get around pretty easy even if you can’t speak French. This island is nicer than one thinks it is.

Zero nightlife

Story/Tip

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This is a romantic island for couples. There are no bars and no nightclubs. Most places close after 9. If you are single, you won't find much nightlife.

Poisson Cru

Story/Tip

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Poisson Cru is the local dish that is delicious. I had it everywhere. I don’t think I had a bad version of it. It is light and refreshing. If you like sushi, this will be right up your alley. It is tuna (usually albacore), coconut milk, lie juice, onions, tomatoes, and cucumber. A great, healthy dish.

Black Pearls

Story/Tip

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Black Pearls are everywhere; it is difficult to decide where the deals are. We went to a dozen places. The best deals we found were at Woody’s, near the Sheraton. He owns his own pearl farm so there is no middleman. His prices were good and Woody and his wife who run the store are very nice and helpful. Most of the other places were pretentious and expensive. He has free pickup; just call him.