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.