Sunday, February 1, 2009


Moorea is of stunning beauty. Its fertile interior grows pineapple and various other tropical fruits and supplies the Papeete market with gorgeous flowers. The commute from Tahiti to Moorea is convenient with several hourly ferries running right from downtown Papeete. In the ferry terminal on the Moorea side, passengers can stock up on fruit before heading home or to their hotel.
From the Belvedere, two bays offer a gorgeous view: to the left Opunohu Bay (below), to the right Cook's Bay (above). Our hotel "Les tipaniers", set in a tropical garden, is popular with French tourists. Americans may not necessarily appreciate the sometimes smelly plumbing.The open air hotel reception is covered in foliage and flowers.
The hotel is in walking distance from a small shopping center with a supermarket. It also has a reasonably priced breakfast and lunch restaurant right on the water and a good reasonably priced evening restaurant.
What a spectacular view from the hotel garden. The water is clear, shallow and warm. The nice beach, the restaurant and the dive center attract locals and tourists from other hotels. This gorgeous beach is not crowded but not very private either. We spent most of our time watching the action from our front row deck.The pier belongs to the dive center. Feeding the fish with dry baguette is a popular pasttime.

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