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French Polynesia: Mo'orea
11 Mar 2014

Arrival

March 11, 2014

from Easter Island, Chile

Departure

March 14, 2014

to Pape'ete, French Polynesia

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: Moorea

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 23:44

There are only a few banks on Moorea, and they are in the more populated villages. All banks are closed on Sundays. You can make currency exchanges at the major hotels, but at a lower rate. Plan accordingly.

Restaurants will pick you up.

Getting There

Ferry: Aremiti 5 at 6:05am and 7:30am. Take bus to Ha’apiti on the other side of the island. Fare vai moana good garden bungalows

Take the high-speed ferry from Papeete. It’s only a couple of bucks more than the slow one, takes half the time, and it’s much more sea-worthy. The channel between the islands can be choppy.

Air Tahiti - flights are about fifteen minutes long, and run back and forth several times a day. Be careful if you get airsick. The planes are small and fly at a low altitude so if there is any rough weather you will feel it the whole ride over.

From viator:

The cheapest ferry is the slow, large Aremiti ferry, which takes 50 minutes; a return trip costs around 2,320 CFP ($25). Return flight costs 10,000-12,000 CFP ($100-130).

If you have arrived by ferry the cheapest way is to take Le Truck, the local bus that circles the island to shuttle visitors to their accommodation for a couple of dollars – just flag it down when you see it. Avoid the expensive taxis.

Do

Helmet Dive

From bloggeratlarge:

Plungee to the bottom of the sea in an AquaBlue helmet and walk like you’re on the moon feeding fish and stingrays.

Swim with Dolphins

From bloggeratlarge:

The Moorea Dolphin Centre is based at the Intercontinental where you’ll find fenced-off areas of the lagoon where you can actually jump in, clad in snorkel and mask, with a dolphin trainer and watch these amazing mammals up close and personal.

One of the bottlenose dolphins, Hina, is a former US Navy (seal) dolphin whose sonar they studied to detect bombs on ships until they retired here in 1996. You’re so close you can stick your goggled face under the water and watch these majestic and powerful creatures dive right in front of you, then get a photo op cuddle.

Snorkeling

You can rent or buy snorkeling stuff but do yourself a favor and bring your own. Just about anywhere in the lagoon is pretty decent. The channel between Motu Fareone and Motu Tiahura off the northwest point is particularly nice. You can swim out to it from the beach but it’s a long swim and there are strong currents in this area. Otherwise hire a boat. A good tour to take is Hiro’s tour out of Club Bali. It is a reasonable price and you get to do a feeding with sharks, stingrays and also a picnic on a motu.

Sight-seeing

From viator:

In your car, buggy or bike, take time to explore the lush interior of the island. The Belvedere lookout offers views of the island’s bays and Mount Rotui. This is a popular spot and the road can be dangerous due to the amount of cars and tour buses – and cyclists beware; it’s steep!

There are also several waterfalls to see on the island such as Afareaitu – you will need a 4X4 to reach it, or alternatively it’s a half hour hike up a steep track. There is a lovely rock pool at the bottom which is a popular swimming spot.

Dance Show

From viator:

If you have any budget spare then spend it on an evening’s entertainment, Polynesian style. The Tiki Village itself is a Tahitian village where craftspeople live and work and run workshops. However, the spectacular evening dinner-shows on Tuesdays to Saturdays are what it’s all about –60 dancers and musicians perform in the atmospheric open air theatre. It’s a feast of colour and sound (dinner-show is 8,700 XFP ($95); show only is 4,300 XPF ($47)).

Sleep

Camping

From viator:

Camping Chez Nelson in Haapiti, in the south west, is next to a stretch of white sand beach where you share the same views as those in the luxury resort next door (which is quite satisfying considering that you have paid next to nothing). The grassy campsite is surrounded by coconut trees and camping costs around 1,500 CFP ($16) per night. They also have basic dorm rooms (2,200 CFP ($24)) or more expensive Polynesian-style rooms closer to the beach at 4,800-6,400 CFP ($52-70). There is also a kitchen, snack bar and Chinese/Polynesian restaurant and it’s close to a shopping village. Moorea Camping just down the road offers similar style accommodation and is also on the beach.

Pensions/Residences

From viator:

Pensions or Residences can be good value mid-range accommodation. Pension Motu Iti, located in the north between Cook and Opunohu bays offers 20-bed dorm rooms (1,650 CFP, $18), garden bungalows (10,500 CFP, $115) and more expensive beach bungalows (12,000 CFP, $132). It also has a restaurant and free use of their kayaks. Fare AUTE guesthouse is set in lush gardens in Atiha in the south and offers a free private beach, free Wi-Fi, and has garden and beach bungalows – two-person bungalows cost 11,000-13,000 CFP ($120-$142).

Flying from Easter Island, Chile to Mo'orea

Monday, March 10, 2014 20:48
TimeLocation
9:46PMChecking in at the airport. 18kg Laurence, 15kg Jeff.
9:57PMAt customs out of Chile.
10:03PMThrough security.
10:49PMBoarding.
11:35PMTake off!
4:43AMLanded! (Easter Island time)
5:03AMAt customs.
5:15AMPicked up bags.
12:34AMFound a couch to sleep on in Papeete. (-5 hours)
2:30AMFell asleep.
4:40AMWoke up.
5:47AMAt a bus stop.
6:10AMOn a bus to the ferry, hopefully.
6:32AMGot off near the docks.
6:43AMBought ferry tickets.
7:34AMBoarding the ferry.
7:42AMAnd we’re off!
8:15AMArrived!
8:19AMOn a local bus.
9:09AMSomewhere
9:13AMFound a gorgeous hotel that might give us a deal!
9:40AMChecking out other hotels to compare prices.
10:50AMManager came back and we lost the deal, had to stay there anyway because the camping place next door doubled their price.
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Total air time4:10
Total flight legs1

Battleship!

Monday, March 10, 2014 23:21

The in-flight entertainment system actually worked!

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Bones

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Stay Out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 13:05

You can still see the old Club Med logo

Abandoned Tennis Courts

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 13:36

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Gone Swimming

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Beautiful Sky

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 18:13

Le Motu Restaurant

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 18:21

Getting burgers.

Not a Lychee

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 13:22

Weird Underwater Worm Thing

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 16:05

It was slowly crawling along, putting anything it could grab with its tendrils into its mouth.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 16:15

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 16:24

Massive Urchin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 16:58

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Octopus!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 17:12

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 17:50

Going Scootering!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 09:41

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:38

Dolphin Show

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:42

Dolphin show at the Intercontinental hotel. The kids were so excited it was uplifting to see :)

Jump dolphin!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:47

The Intercontinental hotel's grounds

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:50

The Intercontinental hotel lounge area

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:55

Old Suit

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:57

Found this suit at the Intercontinental hotel’s dive shop. Must have been a trip back in the days :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:20

Shrimp Farm

Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:45

Shrimp farm on our way up to the Belvedere.

Shrimp Farm

Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:45

I kinda thought shrimp farms would be in the ocean.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:46

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:13

Shrimp Farm

Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:36

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 14:18

On our way home!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 14:41

(Taken from our moving scooter)

French Bakery

Thursday, March 13, 2014 14:48

French Polynesia has French bakeries, yum!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 15:30

Thursday, March 13, 2014 16:06

Thursday, March 13, 2014 16:10

Thursday, March 13, 2014 16:11

Thursday, March 13, 2014 16:22

Back from Scootering

Thursday, March 13, 2014 17:17

Going from Mo'orea to Pape'ete

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:32
TimeLocation
10:26AMHitchhiking with an adorable local couple.
11:32AMArrived at the ferry terminal, but no ferries!
12:08PMWe were able to sell our ferry tickets and are now buying one that’s sooner.
12:14PMOn the ferry.
12:33PMOn our way!
1:07PMArrived in Papeete.
TotalsTotals
Total hitchhikings1

Fare Vaimoana

Friday, March 14, 2014 15:30

Where we stayed. website

Arrival

March 11, 2014

from Easter Island, Chile

Departure

March 14, 2014

to Pape'ete, French Polynesia