Moor­ing in Moorea

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Moorea beck­ons across the wa­ters with ver­dant sky­ward out­crop­pings that in­voke the magic of Bali Hai. Fre­quent ferry ser­vice bridges the 10 nau­ti­cal miles from Papeete and, un­like other des­ti­na­tion isles in this va­ca­tion chain, Moorea of­fers more than just snor­kel­ing, div­ing and loung­ing.

Hikes here are spec­tac­u­lar, or you can cir­cle the is­land by bus or jeep. In any case you will no doubt scope the panorama from the Belvedere Look­out at 3,960 feet. From here it is easy to imag­ine such per­son­al­i­ties as Charles Dar­win and Capt. James Cook ex­plor­ing the thick jun­gles of hid­den vil­lages and stone tem­ples, and then con­jure ex­cit­ing film clips in your head of the clas­sic 1962 ver­sion of Mutiny on the Bounty filmed in Cook’s Bay, with Mar­lon Brando lead­ing the charge in this true his­tor­i­cal event which took place in 1759.

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