A tour of Moorea will give you a foretaste of the island’s natural beauty. In a rental car or scooter, or by bike for the more energetic, take your time to discover the island’s varied scenery, with or without a guide. A 64km road circles the island, so you can take things slowly and appreciate the countryside at the leisurely pace of the local population. Stop off at the beach from time to time and take a break for a fruit juice in the Moorea Tropical Garden. The view from there is spectacular! A little further on you can go up to the scenic viewpoint at ’Opunohu from where there is a panoramic view over Mount Rotui, Cook Bay and ‘Opunohu Bay.
On the way back, take a little time to stretch your legs and visit one of the island’s marae, before dropping into the agricultural college for a taste of some delicious local jams. The southern coast of the island is the least developed and you’ll appreciate its untamed atmosphere. At the end of the afternoon, it’s best to be in the south-west of the island so that you can admire the glorious setting sun.