The Magical Island MOOREA
A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.
A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island’s vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
A favorite among repeat visitors who all agree:
The beauty of Moorea is unforgettable…
Aimeo I Te Rara Varu
This, the island’s poetic name, comes from the eight majestic mountain ridges; however, the name was later changed to Moorea-meaning « Yellow lizard »- following a dream by a high priest.
Polynesian legend describes the panorama of volcanic ridges as the second dorsal fin of the fish that became the island of Tahiti. These pinnacles later inspired the mythical « Bali Hai » that was based on James Michener’s book, Tales of the South Pacific.