Bahia d Opunoha, Moorea, French Polynesia
Island Drive & Belvedere
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Tour the island of Moorea by bus. It is 38 miles around, and along the way you will stop at lookout points and special landmarks.
From the Belvedere Lookout Point, located up in the mountains between the two main bays of Moorea, you will take in the sweeping views of Cook and Opunohu Bays.
Pass some inland pineapple fields and stop at a marae -- an ancient, sacred site -- to learn about Polynesian culture.
Heading down the east coast, you will come to the Ia Ora viewpoint, showcasing the clear blue lagoon of Temae Beach nearby and the island of Tahiti, only 10 nautical miles away.
Continue around to the west coast and stop at the Tiki Village for a short walk through the property and a refreshment. This is your opportunity to visit a replica of Gauguin's Maison du Jouir. Don't miss the art gallery and the black-and-white photo gallery of the famous photographer, A. Sylvain. A small boutique is located here as well, for a few minutes of shopping.
The guide will comment on daily life on Moorea but will not offer a lot of historical or cultural narrative. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and insect repellent. Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on tour.