Cook’s Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

We set sail from Papeete at 5:00 am this morning and sailed 16km northwest to Moorea.  After entering the lagoon that surrounds this island (photo), we dropped anchor in Cook’s bay around 8:00 am.  Moorea was discovered in 1595 by Alvaro de Mendana sailing from the South American colonies.The scenery on this island is simply stunning. I took a tour that circled the island and sent up into the heights of the interior to a Belvedere or lookout from which you could see both Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay.  The latter was the setting for the 1984 epic, Mutiny on the Bounty.  Also visible in the early morning before the clouds set in was the Mt.Tautuapea used as Bali Hai in South Pacific. I include several photos taken from the lookout.  Also on the tour was a Marae or ancient ceremonial site (photo).  Apparently this particular site was used only for the ritual sacrifice of men.  Women and children were not allowed to go there.  There are many lovely spots on the island and several 5 star hotels including the Hilton and the Sofitel.  I include a couple of photos of the bungalows at the latter. Our tour guide suggested that booking directly with these hotels would get you a better rate.  Also available on all of these islands are pensions which provide a kitchenette so that you can cook some of your meals.  Apparently these can be booked through the tourism websites for the islands though our guide in Raiatea was not certain about that. There is at least one lovely public beach that you could use if your pension did not have a beach, and I include a photo of it showing cloud covered Tahiti in the background.  This island is very underdeveloped and the local people want to keep it that way. It has all the basic infrastructure all of which is in good shape, but no large towns and only a few small industries such as a fruit juice factory. It has a lot of excellent tour operators that can take you out diving or swimming with the rays, etc. It can be reached by a fast boat or an 8 minute flight  from Papeete.  If I were to recommend an island, it would be this one.  Unfortunately we had to sail away at 5:00pm leaving a nice view of Cook’s Bay and the reef exit  in our wake.


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One Response to Cook’s Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

  1. daviddapaget says:

    Wow, wow, and WOW!!!

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