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Moorea and its lush surroundings

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A June 2003 trip to Moorea by jenandfrank

Tiki Village Photo, Moorea, French Polynesia More Photos
Quote: This is an incredibly lush island with crystal-clear waters.

Le Mahogany

Restaurant

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Le Mahogany, though not the best food I have ever eaten, is one of the better places on Moorea to dine (there aren’t many). From what we were told, it’s considered a local favorite—a simple restaurant with mahogany tables and local art all on the walls that offers a French-Chinese cuisine. There is no bar area and no room to wait around, so if you are going early to "hang out", don’t bother. Similar to most of the restaurants in Moorea, Le Mahogany offers a small-fee shuttle, provided you have a reservation and have called in advance to arrange for a pickup. (Note: after dinner, the shuttle will not leave the restaurant with one couple, so if you are done before the masses, you’ll be waiting outsid...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 28, 2004

Le Mahogany
Maharepa, Cook's Bay
Moorea, French Polynesia

Chez Roger

Restaurant | "Te Honu Iti, aka Chez Roger, aka The Little Turtle"

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This restaurant, also known as Chez Roger and/or the Little Turtle, is located at the edge of Cooks Bay in Paopao. We found it to be very quaint and romantic, with a very laid-back atmosphere. With (covered) over-the-water outdoor seating (they call it the terrace), you were able to watch the manta rays and eels play while you ate. That is if you were lucky enough to get a table on the water side. The staff was very accommodating and offered everyone the same opportunity to get the best table (specific tables are not booked in advance). This was another restaurant that offered a small fee for shuttle service to and from your hotel, provided it was arranged in advance. The kitchen was co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 28, 2004

Chez Roger
Cook's Bay
Moorea, French Polynesia

Tiki Village

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Attraction

Tiki Village Photo, Moorea, French Polynesia
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The Tiki Village, best known for its elaborate Polynesian review and exotic traditional weddings, has the largest luau in Tahiti. It is opened Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only for the dinner shows. We arrived and were immediately given local punch and seated in an open-air theater where ukulele players were performing. After about a half an hour, you are taken to the sand pit, where your food is dug up from the ground (surrounded by banana leaves) and you are educated on ancient Polynesian culture and cooking. We were then escorted in groups through the Tiki Village and had the opportunity to see the different "areas" of how they lived, what they created, and how they tattooed each ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 28, 2004

Tiki Village

Moorea, French Polynesia
(689) 550-250

4X4 Safari Tour Photo, Moorea, French Polynesia
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Albert Tours, 689-55-21-10 Being that Moorea is one of the lushest islands in the South Pacific, I think the best way to experience it is by taking this 4X4 tour. It is a half-day trip that cost us about $50/pp, and we were picked up and dropped off at our hotel for no extra charge. The vehicle is a four-wheel drive, but it looks more like a pickup with wooden slabs on the side for "protection", so that you don’t fall off. Not the most comfortable, but that’s not why you are taking this tour; if you want comfort, take the circle island bus. Our stops included Cooks Bay, Opunohu Bay, Belvedere Point, a pineapple field, the pineapple juice distillery, an old Tahitian religious site, a waterfall...Read More
Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa  Photo, Moorea, French Polynesia
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Papetoai PK14, Moorea Phone: (689) 55 1111 Located at least 30 minutes from the ferry dock, this hotel is considered one of the nicer ones on the island (in terms of aesthetics, I would agree), and is also known to have the best snorkeling around due to its location between Cook’s and Opunohu Bay. The lobby is a normal-size, open, and filled with lots of fresh flowers, and the front desk staff I felt indifferent about. Although the porter staff was nice when we pulled up, no one offered to show us where or how to find our room (there are over 100 bungalows here, and they all look the same from the outside). We booked a garden view and were upgraded to an over water bungalow—what a blessi...Read More

Moorea Notes/Thoughts

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Story/Tip

Sheraton Moorea Photo, Moorea, French Polynesia
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When all is said and done, I am very glad that we went to this island. Not even Kauai matches Moorea’s beauty and people. There are two main ways to get to Moorea: fly or take the ferry. We took the ferry boat from Tahiti and were pleasantly surprised. The ship was large, with tons of seating both inside and out, and the ride gave us the opportunity to see a different side of both of the islands while getting some great pictures and paying ¼ of the cost of a flight. On the way out, we flew to Bora Bora and found the Moorea airport to be very small (what did you expect), with one runway, and still under construction. We also saw stray animals in the airport, like dogs and chickens (are you gettin...Read More