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Tahiti’s sister island is just a short flight or high-speed catamaran ride away. Dramatic, jagged peaks that inspired the fictional “Bali Hai” soar high in the sky over scenic Cooks Bay. Beautiful beaches, sparkling waterfalls and ancient legends add to this island’s charm.

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Overview

Said to be the inspiration for the mythical Bali Hai, the tiny island of Moorea has managed to hold onto its laid-back charm. About an eighth of the size of nearby Tahiti, Moorea has everything you're hoping for in a South Seas getaway: thick jungles, beautiful beaches, and an azure sea. Two fantastic bays—Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay—cut into the triangular island's northern side. At 2,929 feet, Mount Rotul stands majestically between the two bays. Several steep, jagged mountain ridges run across the island. Your eyes will be drawn to the thumb-shaped Mount Tohiea, which reaches 3,960 feet into the clouds. Moorea is ringed by a coral reef enclosing a beautiful lagoon, making the island a favorite destination of snorkelers and divers.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights. For domestic flights within Tahiti, you are required to check in one hour prior to departure.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: There is no departure tax to pay when leaving Tahiti.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 83° to 85°
October through April: 84° to 87°

Tropical Storm Season from November to May

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: French Pacific Francs

Currency Information: For exchange and cash advances in CFP, banks can be found at Faa’a International Airport, in downtown Papeete and throughout the islands. Hotels also will exchange U.S. dollars for CFP. On the primary tourist islands, major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and boutiques.

ATM Availability: ATMs are becoming common throughout the islands, and are available at Faa’a International Airport and major banks. However, foreign cards may not be recognized.

Electricity: The voltage is 110 or 220 volts (60AC) depending on the islands and the type of accommodation. A universal adapter/converter is recommended.

Time Zone: Tahiti - French Polynesia Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phone booths. Most hotels charge a fee for making phone calls. Please check prior to making any calls.

Local Language: French | Tahitian

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, reef walking shoes, swimwear, insect repellent and after-bite medicine, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery and a disposable underwater camera. During the rainy season, lightweight rainwear is advised.

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There are essentially two seasons in Moorea. The wet, summer season runs from November to April, when temperatures peak at 85ºF. The drier, cooler season from May to October sees temperatures peak at 82ºF during the day. All through the year nighttime temperatures drop to around 70ºF. Volcanic islands such as Moorea also have their own microclimates, with the east coast being a bit wetter than the west.

Moorea's festivals include the Tahiti-Moorea Rendezvous sailing competition in June, the month-long Heiva Festival of traditional culture in July, the Opunohu Valley mountain race in late September, the Rotui marathon in October, and the Rotui triathlon in December.

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Top Experiences

  • ATV Island Tour : Explore the lush landscape and pineapple fields on an ATV. Many paths are only accessible by ATV, and you will see some iconic viewpoints, such as Belvedere Lookout.

  • Rum Tasting : There are several distilleries on the island. Most tasting rooms are a great place to pick up some souvenirs also.

  • Tiki Village : One of Moorea’s top tourist attractions, this is a buffet dinner and Polynesian cultural show. The various Tahitian dances are thrilling to watch.

  • Hiking : If you need a break from the ocean, there are many hiking trails all over the island. A popular destination is Afareaitu Waterfalls.

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Transfers

Region: Moorea
Transfer Company: Marama Tours
Telephone: 689-50-74-74

Address:
BP 6266
98702 Faa'a Center
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia, 98702
Emergency Telephone: 50-74-74 (24 hours)
Instructions: Transfers in Tahiti are provided by Costco Travel’s ground operator, Marama Tours, which is based in Papeete, Tahiti. For assistance in Tahiti, please call Marama Tours.

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