Moorea: An Island Tour
While working for the cruise line, I ended up being assigned the South Pacific route at one point. I am not really a beach lover, but I was excited to go to Bora Bora and Tahiti. What surprised me the most, was how I fell in love with not one of those more well-known islands, but with beautiful Moorea. I was fortunate enough to go on a ship-sponsored tour. I can't remember the name of the tour, but I call it the Indiana Jones Tour. I climbed into the back of a truck and sat on a bench with 6 guests and we drove through the jungle. The first stop was Magic Mountain, a lookout point where we could see the ship at anchor and the coastline.
It was quite a bumpy ride back down...
We then drove through pineapple fields, citrus orchards, and I was in awe at how beautiful this island was.
We then stopped at The Agricultural High School to sample their jams and of course I bought a tall glass of freshly squeezed pineapple juice. I literally watched them put the pineapple in the juicer to fill up my glass. So divinely delicious.
After that nice little stop we were off again to an ancient temple site. Our guide explained that before the Christian missionaries came, this served as the native temple site, complete with an altar that was actually used for human sacrifices...but important to note, women were never sacrificed!
Our final photo stop was a mountain that is known for the legend of the princess who asked for the mountain to resemble her face praying up to the heavens.
But of course, we had one more shopping stop at the distillery to sample pineapple wine and liqueur. Since I don't drink alcoholic beverages, I had a nice glass of freshly squeezed mango juice...just as amazing as the pineapple juice.
That concluded our overview island tour. Moorea is the perfect island if you like a few less tourists and many nature activities. An easy comparison to make if you're familiar with Hawaii is that Tahiti and Bora Bora are more like Oahu and Maui, with Moorea like Kauai.
*Hot tip for South Pacific cruisers: If you like to buy local handicrafts, trinkets, etc...the pier on Moorea has almost the exact same items as the other islands, but it they were priced much cheaper. If you're looking for Tahitian pearl jewelry, you can buy pieces here made with "seconds" from the pearl farms. But be careful...some people did get scammed with magnets. Test your pearl against something metal to see how it reacts.