Tahiti. The word evokes huge lagoons and endless beaches, or is that endless lagoons and huge beaches…?
But one thing most people don’t know about Tahiti, and by that I mean the islands that are most visited (Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Taha’a) is that those are ancient – but still pretty young – volcanoes, so they have high rugged mountain peaks alongside those clear-blue lagoons.
Only the Tuamotu islands (Rangiroa, Fakarava…) are all plunged into the ocean only leaving visible at the surface a tiny ring of reef with numerous coral beaches stretching to the horizon.
While visiting Moorea, very few people take the chance to go explore those mountain trails and the interior of the island. What a miss!
So lace up your walking shoes, and get ready to venture off your resort’s beach to discover these awe-inspiring mountain trails.
Moorea is home to some of the Tahitian islands’ most beautiful hiking trails. There’s something for everyone here! From breezy walks through the tropical woods to more adventurous hikes up gigantic peaks that offer phenomenal vistas of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll get a new perspective on the Islands of Tahiti.
Here are our top three favorites Moorea hikes:
1. The Queen’s Bath
Highlights: petroglyphs, beautiful “Tahitian Chesnut Tree”, bath in a natural pool, and Belvedere lookout
Duration: 2 hours
Departure: Mara’e (sacred temple) just past the Agricultural School on the way up the Belvedere.
2. Three Coconuts Pass
Duration: 3.5 hours (shorter version, heading right at the directions signs pictured above)
Departure: path by the Temple in Vaianae, leading up to “La Maison de la Nature”
3. Mount Rotui
Duration: 3.5 hours
Departure: just past the Lilikoi Garden Café near the public beach of Tahiamanu and before reaching the Hilton Resort & Spa Moorea
Never go by yourself, always walk with someone! Bring sufficient water with you and something to eat along the way, wear sunscreen (and mosquitoe repellent, too!) and don’t forget your camera!
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