Moorea Is The World’s Most Beautiful Island You’ve Never Heard Of! Just northwest of Tahiti lies another island that’s part of French Polynesia, and despite how utterly stunning it is, chances are you’ve never heard of it. It almost doesn’t look real.
Getting to the hidden paradise is a process. Besides getting to Papa’ete in Tahiti, travelers travel by high-speed ferry to reach Moorea, which sits 12 miles away. Surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, the volcanically formed island of Moorea was rated as the third-best island in the world by the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards. But let us be the first to tell you — the island is worth the schlep.
French Polynesia, Moorea Island, And Tahiti In The Background
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Palm Trees (Palma sp.), View From Below
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Jetty And Palm Trees With Steps Into The Tropical Blue Lagoon
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Tahiti Moorea Island (Society Islands) Cook’s Bay
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Turquoise waters shine brightly against the island’s emerald-green cliffs that stand boldly above the gorgeous lagoon. Every single photo of this place looks like it’s undergone heavy photoshopping, but as Lonely Planet confirms, the island’s spectacular beauty is only better in real life.
Snorkeling enthusiasts will waste no time hitting the Lagoonarium de Moorea, a protected part of the water where you can see one of the most vibrant coral reefs. Swim among sharks, rays, and more fish than you could imagine.
Shoal of Coral Fishes, Moorea, French Polynesia
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Polynesians At Opunohu Bay Outrigger Moorea Island
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French Polynesia, Tahiti, Moorea Island, Palms Leaning Over The Sea
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Sting Ray (Himantura Fai) In Moorea Lagoon
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While some visitors will choose to reside at the island’s incredibly luxurious resorts, others can cozy up at more affordable hotels and pensions (guesthouses), where they can enjoy the warm waters and brilliant sunsets without breaking the bank.
For those looking for more action, hike the island’s lush hills, hop on a whale or dolphin watch, or take to the water by kayak. But if it were up to us, we’d sit on Moorea’s white sand beaches, swim in its crystal clear water, and take in its epic sunsets. And then we’d stay there forever.
Moorea Hillside Reflection At Dawn, French Polynesia
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Beach Hut And Beach Chair At Dusk In Idyllic Beach
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