In one of the farthest corners of the inhabited world, the French Polynesian islands are probably some of the least visited destinations by globetrotters. One island that’s picking up as an area of interest though, is the exotic little gem off Tahiti, called Moorea. By Deepali Sharma
Lying to the northwest of the French Polynesian capital of Tahiti, Moorea is a rocky island that’s not only hard-to-reach for international travellers, but a divinely deserted patch that anyone would die to conquer. Once a volcanic island, Moorea is now home to a bright blue lagoon, a rich coral life, and a thriving vegetation.
What makes this island exotic and out-of-reach is that you can’t simply take a ferry and whoosh off to see it. This is a protected island and the only way you can visit is by booking a daytrip tour with Enjoy Moorea.
This is a trip to paradise. Begin your journey with pit stop in the private island of Temae, where you will be served a typical Polynesian meal made from local plants and herbs.
Afterwards, you can hike the lush green Magic Mountain to reach the top and witness what only a few travellers ever have: a bird’s eye view of this breathtaking island. Further on this hiking route, travellers are taken to the gigantic crater that was formed years ago by a now inactive volcano. Here, come face to face with the locals and learn about their history and culture, their lifestyles and how they sustain themselves.
You’ll also visit a local ‘marae’ or place of worship; Belvedere, which is the highest point in Moorea; a waterfall in Afareaitu that can be reached after a 15-minute hike; and if you wish, a diving expedition with Lagoonarium de Moorea to meet with the colourful marine life and thriving flora and fauna.
Late in the afternoon, find yourself on the white sand beach against a pink sunset, before hopping aboard your ferry and getting back to Tahiti.