Silversea Luxury Cruises A Moorea


Moorea is called the "sister island" of Tahiti and its proximity—just 19 km (12 mi) away across the Sea of Moon—has assured a steady stream of both international and local visitors. Many Tahitians have holiday homes on Moorea and hop over in their boats or take the 30-minute ferry. The draw is South Seas island charm and a relatively slow-paced life. Moorea is an eighth of the size of Tahiti but packs all the classic island features into its triangular shape. View more

Cutting into the northern side of the island are the dramatic Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay, the latter backed by the shark-toothed Mt. Mouaroa and home to many resorts and restaurants. Between the two bays majestic Mt. Rotui rises 2,020 feet (616 meters) and steep, jagged mountain ridges run across the island. From the Belvedere lookout there are awesome views of these bays and mountains, including the tallest peak—the thumb-shaped Mt. Tohiea reaching 3,960 feet (1,207 meters) into the clouds. Moorea is ringed by a coral reef enclosing a beautiful and quite narrow lagoon. Unlike other islands in the Society group, Moorea has only a couple of motu (islets) and they are located off the northwest corner. The island's rugged peaks and deep bays are said to be the inspiration for James A. Michener's mythical isle of Bali Hai, although historians dispute this claim. It's also believed to be the "birthplace" of the legendary overwater bungalow: a trio of Californian guys who came to Moorea in the 1950s and became known as the Bali Hai boys reportedly dreamt up this unique style of hotel room. Today there are seven resorts and about 24 smaller hotels and pensions, acres of pineapple plantations, and one of only two golf courses in French Polynesia. Moorea is an easy island to explore by car. The one coastal road is just 61 km (37 mi) long, and the best part of a day is needed to travel the road and stop off at the villages, bays, little churches, and cafés along the way and to travel into the interior to the Belvedere lookout and the marae (ancient temples). The lagoon and bays can be discovered on organized excursions that may include a picnic lunch on one of the motu at the island's northwest corner. There are also small motorboats for hire for a half or full day, with no license required. You won't find too many tracks of endless white sands on Moorea; however, the top resorts have lovely man-made beaches and the lagoon-side pensions and lodges always have at least a little patch of sand.

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Excursions depuis Moorea

SCUBA in Moorea for Certified Divers

Gaze in wonder at the underwater sights surrounding the island of Moorea.

Meet your escort on the pier. Once you are given your equipment and complete the necessary paperwork, climb aboard your dive boat. Motor out into the lagoon and head for the site of your first dive. Following a thorough safety briefing by your Dive Master, don your wet suit and equipment. Then, plunge in to the awaiting beauty beneath the surface.

Tahiti's sister island is particularly renowned for its clear warm waters, rich in an abundance of tropical marine life, including turtles, eels, eagle rays, and triggerfish. The inner and outer lagoon areas boast an impressive concentration of numerous species of sharks. Lemon, blacktip, and gray sharks are most commonly seen. Dive to approximately 70 to 80 feet (20-24 metres) and look for the attractive corals and anemones with their clown fish, in the various canyons you may visit.

The dive boast then returns you to the pier.

Please note: This adventure tour for certified divers only requires an extensive amount of activity; it involves a drift dive with currents. It must be reserved or cancelled a minimum of four days prior to arrival in Moorea to avoid penalties. Guests must have been diving within the last year; please bring your dive log. You must present your certification card to participate and be able to complete a required medical questionnaire and liability waiver. The tour includes all scuba equipment, including wet suit. You may wish to bring your own mask and snorkel. Nitrox is available upon request. The actual dive site will be determined by the captain/dive master based on weather and sea conditions. The dive profile will be determined by the dive master. All dive activities are guided by a certified PADI Dive Master.. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, plenty of sun protection and bring a towel and bottled water from the ship. The sighting of specific marine life cannot be guaranteed. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.

Moorea Green Pearl Golf - 18 Holes

Take a break from traditional touring and play a round of golf on Moorea's Nicklaus Designed golf course, Green Pearl.

Meet your driver at the tender pier for the brief transfer to Moorea Green Pearl Golf Resort.  This beautiful golf course, opened in 2007 is perfectly situated between the lagoon and the mountains.  This stunning, international course will be sure to please and impress golfers of all abilities.

The 18 holes par 70, 6596 yard-long (6002 meters) is nestled between mountains, lakes and the beach. This combination of various landscapes makes it technical, attractive and unique in Polynesia.

Your 18-hole package includes green fees, a shared golf cart and a set of clubs.  Holes 1-9 are set around clear ponds, while holes 10-18 are uniquely positioned in the middle of an extinct volcano with incredible views.  After completing your round, your driver will take you back to the pier.

Please note:  This golf programme involves a moderate to extensive amount of activity.  It includes green fees, round-trip transportation, shared cart and clubs.  Guests must purchase bucket of balls directly (4.20 euro/35 balls at the time of this printing). Golf attire is mandatory; golf shirt with collar, golf pants, and golf shoes (or tennis shoes) only. They may also be purchased at the golf boutique and US dollars, euros, Pacific francs and credit cards are accepted. Bar and restaurant facilities are available for beverage and meal purchases and are not included in this package. This programme operates in wet weather. A minimum of two guests is required to operate this tour.

Dolphin Watch with Dr. Poole

Explore the wild dolphins living in the waters off Moorea during this fascinating, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Moorea Dolphin-Watching

Depart the pier aboard a boat for a picturesque ride along the coast of Moorea. Accompanied by expert scientist Dr. Michael Poole and his research team, observe and learn about the dolphins in their natural habitat. See schools of acrobatic spinner dolphins, and learn about their remarkable behaviour and social organisation. This species is the only one to spin vertically and horizontally in the air like a top ballerina.

Island Discovery and Lagoon Snorkelling

Your dolphin-watching tour also enables you to embrace the stunning beauty of the island of Moorea, and learn about the natural and geological creation of the island and its 'motu'. Time permitting, you can snorkel in the Moorea Lagoon, and experience its spectacular undersea beauty. Your tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or water shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and snorkelling gear from the ship. Guests must be at least two years old to participate on this tour. Although dolphin species are commonly found in these waters, wildlife viewing is not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Motu Island & Snorkelling Adventure

Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty of Moorea during this picturesque and relaxing lagoon cruise, with a picnic on a motu.

Moorea Lagoon Cruise & Snorkelling

Depart the pier aboard a boat for the scenic, approximate 45-minute ride to the Moorea Lagoon. En route, a photo stop is made on Opunohu and Cook's bays for breath-taking views. Upon arrival at the Moorea Lagoon, receive your safety and snorkelling instructions and equipment, then enter the water and begin your guided snorkelling session. Explore an underwater world filled with wonderful coral and colourful tropical fish. The crew provides assistance on the boat and in the water.

Motu Visit with Swimming, Snorkelling & Lunch

Following your snorkelling session, cruise on to a motu, or islet. A stop is made here for a picnic lunch consisting of locale fare such as mixed salads, barbecued, fish, chicken, and exotic fruit. After lunch, some free time is made available for swimming or snorkelling around the motu or relaxing on the beach.

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the boat and commence the ride back to the pier.

Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity and is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, agile to get in and out of the boat/water, and able to swim and wade in shallow water. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes or flip-flops suitable to wade ashore in the shallow water. Bring protection from the sun, towels and bottled water from the ship. Masks and snorkels (no fins) are provided but they are of a basic quality; we recommend guests bring their own. Guests must follow their guide's instructions at all times. Do not touch or handle the coral whilst snorkelling. Restrooms are available on board the vessel.

Four-Wheel-Drive Island Excursion

Embrace your sense of adventure and Moorea's exquisite beauty during this four-wheel-drive excursion to the historical and archaeological sites located in the heart of the island.

Depart the tender pier for the drive past Pao Pao Village, then proceed through pineapple fields en route to Magic Mountain for spectacular views and photo opportunities over Oponuho Bay and the lagoon. Afterward, your drive continues on to the Belvedere Lookout for a panoramic view of the valley below.

Next, visit one of the numerous maraes, or ancient stone temples, scattered across the Oponohu Valley to learn about their historical and cultural significance.

Your tour concludes back at the pier

Please note: This tour requires a moderate/extensive amount of walking at the various sites, some of which is over unpaved pathways. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to climb in and out of the vehicles via large steps. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or those with back or neck issues. The touring vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. As this tour operates in 4-WD vehicles over rugged terrain, it is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems; the ride may be rough and bumpy at times. Due to the limited number of vehicles, all seats are utilised. In the event of rain affecting the terrain, Magic Mountain will be replaced by another stop. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing, and to bring insect repellent and bottled water from the ship. Participation is limited. The order of sites seen may vary, depending on the bay in which the ship is anchored.

Island Drive & Belvedere Viewpoint

Discover Moorea's religious past and natural beauty during a picturesque introduction to this exotic island paradise.

Depart the tender pier for a drive on the road around the island and along Opunohu and Cook's Bays. Leaving the main road, travel through the fertile Opunohu Valley, site of numerous maraes, ancient stone temples. Some 500 of these structures have been identified in this area, evidence that the valley was once inhabited by a people with a highly-developed social system long before Christianity arrived. A stop allows for a closer look at one of these temple ruins before continuing on the winding road to the Belvedere Viewpoint. This lookout offers splendid views and photo opportunities over much of Northern Moorea and Mount Rotui.

Next, your drive around this idyllic island resumes with more spectacular vistas before heading back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involved minimal amount of activity and is primarily a panoramic coach tour that offers a good overview of the island with only brief periods of walking. Some of the walkways to the marae are unpaved and guests should wear walking shoes to avoid tripping. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to get on and off the coach via steps. The coach is unable to accommodate wheelchairs. A restroom stop is offered at a local shop; euros, US dollars and Pacific Francs accepted for any souvenir purchases.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis Moorea

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Over-the-Water Overnight

An overnight in an over-the-water bungalow offers an intimate escape to a romantic island where you can watch the marine life from your balcony or climb down the steps directly to snorkel in your little piece of paradise. Take a ferry to Papeete to return to your cruise the following day.

01MIDMOZ-O Over-the-Water Overnight

Departure: Moorea

Duration: 1.5 Days/1 Night

Rejoin ship: Papeete

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable booking deadline specified above. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.

Perched above the water on stilts, over-the-water bungalows offer a one-of-a-kind escape. They are iconic, thatch-roofed symbols of a tropical paradise. Moorea is Polynesia's second-most popular tourist attraction after Bora. Located a mere 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of the island of Tahiti, Moorea is a triangular shaped island encircled by a lagoon of translucent green, fringed by an azure blue Polynesian sea. It is rumored that James Michener based his mythical, idealized island, Bali Hai on Moorea. And it is easy to see why. Many people have described Moorea as the most beautiful place on earth. Here, you'll find the real South Seas' experience - a casual, barefoot existence amidst white sand beaches and multi-hued lagoons surrounded by jagged mountains and volcanic spires that reach into the clouds, while below, valleys are blanketed with the colours that one only finds when tropical climates and rich, volcanic soils meet.

Venture ashore for the night on Silversea's Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that begins in Moorea and concludes in Papeete and a wonderful stay in an overwater bungalow in between. The story is yours to write.

DAY ONE - Moorea

Begin your adventure by tendering ashore. Depending on where the ship is anchored, your drive to the hotel might be 10-30 minutes. Check in at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon (check-in time: 2:00pm). Nestled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea and set against a beautiful mountain backdrop, the Hilton Moorea Resort & Spa is an ideal setting for a relaxing overnight stay. The resort's white sandy beach is pure bliss and the scenic lagoon is teeming with tropical fish and a gentle water playground for guests.

The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. A 3-course dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

Overnight at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa - Moorea

DAY TWO - Moorea / Papeete

Awake to the rays of the sun and sparkle of the sea as it dances through your window. Have a morning swim or sip your coffee just soaking in the ambience. Make your way to breakfast as you wish.

At the appointed time check out and embark on a 30 foot (9 metre) long outrigger canoe that will take you on a trip to discover the submarine beauties of Moorea. You can store your luggage at the hotel's reception desk. After a swim in the turquoise lagoon, get acquainted with the rays, even touch and feed them, and if you are lucky see black-tipped sharks. Visit the carved volcanic rocks, forming a lagoon gallery of 4.6 foot (1m 50 cm) high sculptured Tikis that lie beneath the surface of the crystal clear water. During the return journey, stop at an islet to fish and taste pahua, a delicious Tahitian shellfish. Take part in the preparation of the famous "poisson cru" or raw fish salad served with coconut milk.

Lunch will be served on the beach including seafood, salads and exotic fruits. After lunch you can relax and appreciate this small paradise, or go snorkeling in the natural aquarium situated opposite the beach site.

Return to the Hilton Moorea Resort in time to be picked up for your transfer to the ferry pier. Papeete is just 28 miles (44 kilometres) away. Enjoy a relaxing 30 minute ferry ride to Tahiti and a short transfer back to the ship that awaits your return.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires a minimal amount of activity; the snorkeling is optional and at your discretion. Guests must be able to get in and out of the boat without assistance. Changes in ferry timings are outside of Silversea's control and may cause changes to the above described itinerary. Anticipate warm and humid weather with a cool breeze in the evening. Attire is resort casual. Bring a bathing suit sunhats, sun block and sunglasses as they are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated; marine life may be present in the waters around the bungalows. Please to note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Programme Includes:

· One-night's stay at the Hilton Moorea Resort & Spa - Moorea

· Transfer by local high-speed catamaran ferry from Moorea / Papeete.

· One breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

· Any meals and drinks not specified above, traditional gratuities to driver/guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.