Mooring in Moorea
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.