There are many places around the world that deem themselves the hearts of the planet but here’s the thing: none of them are as beautiful as Mo’orea, nor are they shaped like a heart. There you go: the uncontested winner of the “who’s who” competition (wink). Located in French Polynesia right next to famous sister-islands like Tahiti and Bora Bora, Mo’orea (one of the Windward Islands) is a more reserved and less tourist-afflicted beauty standing the test of time unwaveringly. Formerly known as Aimeho, it has a population of just over 16,000 – an excellent place for everyone who prefers the more silent places of the planet.
Mo’orea is located within the bounds of the humid tropical climate zone and this makes it an excellent paradise. With temperatures over 21 degrees all year long (and this is taking the winter months into consideration as well), it cannot let you down. What’s important to know about the temperature-fluctuations of the island is that it never gets too hot, nor does it cool down. With a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, it grants you nothing but stability and reliability. The only thing that you have to keep an eye on is the humidity. Rains are frequent and they hit like a hammer. But no worries for even the raindrops are warm (wink). Oh, and for those who are interested in details, we recommend that you check research tropical hurricane seasons.
There are two ways in which one can get to Mo’orea: either by boat or by air. The latter possibility is a bit more expensive but it makes use of the Temae Airport (also known as Mo’orea Airport) and those of its possible destinations: Bora Bora, Huahine-Fare (Huahine), Papeete (Tahiti), and Raiatea. The most common way to get to the whole island cluster is to hop on an international flight and land in Tahiti. From there, use the aforementioned methods. One thing to know though: there are two types of ferries that head to Mo’orea from Papeete (a slow kind and a faster kind). The faster ones cost only a little bit more and they will take you to the island in half the time, so this is the one that we recommend. Do keep an eye on the timetables, though, because they do tend to be out-dated – ask around from the locals to stay on the safe side. Oh, and when you do get on the ferry, enjoy, because the sights that you behold are unmatched anywhere else in the world.
SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES:
First and foremost, know that Mo’orea is one of the best places for snorkelling in the world. Its shallow waters and exquisite marine life make it an excellent pastime whenever your heart desires. There are areas close to renowned hotels as well that have larger numbers of stingrays and reef sharks. If you are unafraid of these majestic beings then we highly recommend that you do not leave such an awe-inspiring experience out. The only thing to keep an eye out for towards the end of the lagoon is stronger waves that tend to infiltrate the sanctum. Mind your swimming and all should be well.
Jet Ski tours are probably one of the most practiced activities on Mo’orea because the surrounding waters are so welcoming that they must absolutely be braved. What’s even better is that you can find dockworkers directly and establish a price that is convenient for the both of you (might need a little bit of French haggling). Tours tend to last 2.5 to 3 hours and the things that you will see will come to par with the ones that snorkelling offers.
For those of you who enjoy the subtle nuances of shopping, we are happy to tell you that Mo’orea has small knickknack shops that can offer you a myriad of things from black pearls to exquisite souvenirs. Oh, and if you gentlemen are planning on surprising your ladies with jaw-dropping items, consider buying them black pearls fashioned into rings (wink).
The best possible place for you to visit on Mo’orea is the Belvedere Lookout. With a clear panoramic view of the sacred Mount Rōtui and a 360-degree view of the island. If you long to be in the centre of the heart of the Earth, this is the place for you to be. Inhale the warm breeze and remember that you are experiencing what others only dream of. Getting up there is easy: rent a car, a scooter or an ATV.
Besides the aforementioned pastimes, you can also hit the public beaches and bask in the brilliance of the pure azure waters of the South Pacific. The water will always be around 24-28 degrees Celsius, so fret not for you are not in danger of freezing (wink). Mosquitos can be nuisance, though, so pack protection more than ever!
Mo’orea’s tranquillity can only be matched by its beauty and sanctity. Absorb what you can and take it with you for it is not only the Heart of Mother Earth but, in a sense, also yours. Talk to the people for they will most often consider you family and enjoy your stay.