Moorea is the second-largest of French Polynesia's Society Islands. Often considered Tahiti’s sister island, this volcanic formation is a smaller hidden gem with picturesque views and gorgeous beaches. Bask in the extravagance of French Polynesia while also gaining an appreciation for Moorea’s South Pacific heritage at this charming port. Moorea is a popular destination for honeymooners, as well as a haven for snorkeling given the island’s far-stretching coral reef. You won’t soon forget a trip to Moorea!
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Moorea. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Moorea. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Moorea:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Moorea, along with a brief description:
Many beautiful beaches are situated along Moorea’s coastline. Ta’ahiamanu Beach is particularly spacious with a majestic backdrop of the clear waters and lofty mountains. Temae Beach, meanwhile, is full of tropical palm trees and diverse marine species. Coral reef all along the volcanic island makes Moorea one of the South Pacific’s best spots for snorkeling.
♦ Belvedere Lookout
There’s no better place in Moorea to capture stunning views overlooking Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay. Hike up the picturesque viewpoint to get scan the famous pineapple plants and gorgeous scenery. Guides tours of Belvedere Lookout are available through cars, bikes, and ATVs.
♦ Tiki Village
For a true taste of Tahiti customs, take a trip to the Tiki Village. Enjoy a mouth-watering feast of local favorites while enjoying traditional dancing and live performances. There’s also a cultural center from which to admire authentic artifacts and patchwork that encapsulate the island’s rich heritage.
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