Dramatic peaks cloaked in emerald green forest rise up from the bright turquoise waters of the lagoon that surronds the island of Moorea. Deciding which of the French Polynesian islands is the most beautiful is no easy task, but Moorea is certainly one of the top contenders.

Sitting north west of Tahiti, this is an island ripe for exploring. Its lagoon is home to stingrays, black tip reef sharks and turtles and is a wonderful place to swim, snorkel and kayak. Keen divers will want to head further out to marvel at the coral reefs and marine life that inhabits these pristine waters. Between July and November humpback whales come to Polynesia and you can marvel at these majestic giants as they glide through the ocean.

The interior of the island is a nature lover’s dream. Hike, horse ride or explore the lush forests by 4×4 then be sure to check out the activites on offer around Opunohu and Cook’s Bays in the north. And, of course, there are the beautiful white sandy beaches for which French Polynesia is so famous.

What to do

  • Dive and snorkel through the pristine waters
  • Explore the island's lush interior
  • Whale spotting between July and November
  • Relax on idyllic beaches