A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane,
and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea
soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of
green velvet - what you would imagine a South Seas
island to be.
A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical
mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble
down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked
by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew
your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted
houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds
of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy,
yet simple villages.
A favorite among repeat visitors who all
The beauty of Moorea is unforgettable...
Aimeo I Te Rara Varu
This, the island's poetic name, comes from
the eight majestic mountain ridges; however, the name
was later changed to Moorea-meaning "Yellow lizard"-
following a dream by a high priest.
describes the panorama of volcanic ridges as the second
dorsal fin of the fish that became the island of Tahiti.
These pinnacles later inspired the mythical "Bali
Hai" that was based on James Michener's book,
Tales of the South Pacific.
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Helicopter flight around Moorea
A vacationer's video of their helicopter flight around the island of Moorea. 21:34