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If you're in need of an essential island escape - sun, sand, surf and all the tranquility that goes with it - say hello to Moorea. This ethereal atoll is an unsung romantic and a tad more laidback than its "big name" sister islands in the South Pacific. Heart-shaped and bordered by the Sea of the Moon, it's impossible to not fall captive to its charm. Or its natural good looks, for that matter. With aquamarine lagoons filled with angel fish, miles of pineapple and vanilla plantations, verdant volcanic peaks and extra-long stretches of white sand, expect love at first sight. And an endless supply of beach-blanket bliss!Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
When you're ready to hang up the hammock and venture out on a cultural encounter, Tiki Theatre Village is just the place. Many local artisans keep home here and they're more than happy to share their traditions. You'll experience everything Tahitian from weaving to tattooing. You may even find yourself fishing from an outrigger canoe.
Laidback, yes. Boring, no. If action is what you're looking for you'll have no problem finding it in Moorea. You can go hiking, horseback riding and, of course, participate in every water sport under the sun! And if you'd rather not go at it alone you can join an endless list of tours from island safari to guided ATV (all terrain vehicle). You can even pop on a diving helmet and stroll the sea floor!
Feeling the urge to splurge? Black pearls are your "it" items. The island has a generous group of boutiques so make sure to shop around. And if you're feeling extra intrigued by this tiny treasure you can tour the black pearl farm at the Tiki Theatre Village and learn all about the life and legacy of Mother Nature's little masterpiece.
There's a lengthy list of elegant restaurants and chichi cafes on the island for the gourmet in the group, French being the common theme of course. But if you're looking to get a little taste of the tropics on this tropical island, treat yourself to some freshly picked fruit. And if it just so happens that preparing a pineapple is more work than you're up for on your island vacation, take a tour of the Distillerie de Moorea and have some juice instead!
The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP).
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