Are you looking for a place to stay in Moorea or Tahiti? This guide will help you choose the right hotel in Moorea.
Moorea, Tahiti, a French Polynesian Island, is well-known for being one of the most beautiful in the world. It has lush hiking trails, tranquil beaches, great snorkeling and scuba diving spots, and turquoise waters. Moorea is only 61 kilometers long and has a beautiful coastal road. This makes it a peaceful oasis that offers everything you need, no matter where your stay.
Maharepa, a village located on the northeastern side of Moorea is an ideal location because it is close to Cook’s Bay as well as the Gulf of Moorea. There are many restaurants, shopping centers and grocery stores in the village. You can also find cute souvenir shops, banks, and even post offices.
Maharepa: Where to Stay
The Hotel Kaveka, a budget-friendly hotel ceramic travel mug near Maharepa is the best choice. The property is located on the shores of Cook’s Bay and features traditional bungalows, a bar, and a shuttle service to the airport.
Hauru, which is more of a region and less of a town, can be described as a 5-kilometer tourist strip with shops, restaurants, cafes and boutique hotels. It also boasts highly-rated scuba diving centres. Hauru Beach is a popular beach in the northwest part of Moorea. This is a great place to spend long, relaxing days on the sand.
Hauru: Where to Stay
Hotel Hibiscus, located just outside Hauru itself, is a great mid-level accommodation option near great restaurants and shops. This property offers tropical beachfront bungalows with private terraces, kitchenettes, snorkeling equipment, kayak rental, and a library. There are many places to swim.
Afareaitu, located just a few km from Vaiare’s port, is the administrative center for Moorea. It has a church, town hall and approximately 3,500 residents. You can also find the beautiful Afareaitu Waterfalls nearby. I recommend this area if you are looking for a short but rewarding hike.
Afareaitu: Where to Stay
The property is mid-range and only has two bungalows and one rental house. It also features free WiFi, a private patio and cooking facilities, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and even a barbecue.
The tiny village of Haapiti, which is situated in the southwest corner of Moorea has a more rural feel. It is best known for its Matauvau Pass surf break, just a half-kilometer offshore. There are many great boating and on-land tour companies in the town for those who want to go on an adventure.
Haapiti: Where to Stay
Linareva Moorea Beach Resort, a mid-level property ceramic travel mug with individual bungalows or suites, is a traditional-styled small hotel. You can also rent a snorkeling gear, a bicycle, or canoe from the resort.
Mark’s Place, another mid-budget option, offers a range of unique bungalows with full kitchens, a barbecue area, kayak and bicycle rentals, free WiFi, and an airport shuttle.
Pihaena, located in the northern end of the island between Cook’s Bay & Opunohu Bay is a tourist-centered village that has great restaurants and shops.
Pihaena: Where to Stay
Pension Motu lti, a waterfront property that offers both private bungalows as well as dormitory-style rooms and has an on-site restaurant, is a great option for a budget-friendly Pihaena stay. In addition, guests can use the computers and kayaks for free.
The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, which offers both overwater and land bungalows, is a more luxurious option for those who want to relax. There is a swimming pool and a tennis court. The property also has a fitness center, restaurant, bars, and sp spa. Each bungalow has its own terrace and air conditioning.
The region of Tiahura, located in the northwest corner Moorea, is just a stones throw from Hauru. It is home to many hotels, restaurants and boutique shops. This is a great choice if you don’t mind sacrificing on amenities or options.
Moorea Sunset Beach Condo Hotel is a budget ember travel mug hotel that offers both bungalows or suites with fully-equipped kitchens and air-conditioning. You have the choice of rooms with garden or sea views. Free WiFi is also available.
The luxurious property of Hotel Fenua Mata’i’oa is set in a tropical garden. It offers a restaurant, bar, snorkeling and windsurfing as well as canoeing and fishing options. There’s also a rental car and bike desk. Each suite has a mini-bar, a private patio and beautiful decor.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is another luxury property in Tiahura. It offers a choice between over-water bungalows and bungalows surrounded with lush gardens that have their own plunge pools. Two restaurants are available on the property, as well as a swimming pool, tennis court and dive center. You can also rent kayaks. Moorea Dolphin Center is also available on-site. This is the best place to go if you want to interact with dolphins during your trip!
Moorea, Tahiti Packing Essentials
Sun Protection: Moorea is a great place to spend your time outdoors. I suggest bringing a few pairs of sunglasses, some sunscreen that can be used on the reef, and a hat (I took my sun hat, ball cap, and reef-safe sunscreen).
Swimming gear: The best way to see Moorea is from the sea! My rash guard, quick drying towel, snorkeling equipment and three swimsuits were all part of my trip.
Wear light clothing, such as sundresses or ember travel mug loose tops, to let your tropical style shine in Moorea. For daily wear, I brought along Teva’s and hiking shoes.