Moorea is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Bahia d’Opunoha on Moorea and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea (or Moʻorea) is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17km northwest of Tahiti in the southern Pacific Ocean.
Le Petit Village at Hauru Point is where the tourist shops and art boutiques are located, popular souvenirs include local vanilla beans, black pearls and clothing.
The Moorea Dolphin Centre, located at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, is home to bottlenose dolphins and offers a variety of programs to learn about and interact with them.
Take a lagoon cruise, explore around the island and snorkel in safe, shallow waters.
Jeep safari are also available, exploring the lush interior of the island. Most include a visit to Magic Mountain and Belvedere Point for panoramic views of Opunohu and Cook’s Bays.
Visit Tiki Village and experience life in a traditional Tahitian town.
Visit the Fruit Juice Factory located along the shores of Cook’s Bay. This is the best place to buy delicious jams and liqueurs made from the island’s fresh fruits. Afternoon samplings are available at their tasting counter.
There are many beaches on Moorea, including Opunohu Beach, 1 mile west of the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa and Teavora & Temae beaches, on the east coast. Access is near the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort.
Cuisine here is a mix of French and Polynesian style. Local favourites include grilled mahi with coconut milk and lime, lobster ravioli and steak dishes.
The disabled cruiser visiting Moorea
Since the cruise ship does not dock and the disabled cruiser is tendered to the island from out in the harbor; if the water is too rough, the captain may not let the disabled cruiser off the ship. Anyone with limited mobility would have some difficulty. Anyone in a wheelchair would have to be carried on and off the tender.
Where You’re Docked
Moorea is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Cruise ships usually anchor at Bahia d’Opunoha on Moorea and tender passengers ashore. Sometimes they use Papeete Harbour in Tahiti. A ferry ride will then takes visitors to Vaiare Bay on Moorea.
Locals selling handicrafts and souvenirs are sometimes at the tender drop off points.
Taxis can be ordered for journeys around the island.
Good to Know
Chickens crossing the road! Moorea is sleepy and safe, and besides sunburn and mosquito bites there’s little to fear. Still, practice common sense.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The local currency is the French Pacific franc. A good rule of thumb is that 100 francs equal $1; a Banque de Polynesie ATM is located in Le Petit Village, the island’s main shopping area.
French and Tahitian are the official languages. Some locals speak English, but don’t count on it. Carry an English/French dictionary or phrase book.
Pareos (silk wraps), whether mass-produced or hand-painted, are available in infinite varieties, as are the region’s ubiquitous black pearls.
Points of Interest
- Moorea – a seven-
Moorea Accessible Excursions
Whether your cruise ship stops in
Moorea Accessible Guided Tour
This 4 hour accessible