There are few places on Earth like French Polynesia. This paradise has some of the best snorkeling we’ve ever experienced, with sharks, sting rays, manta rays, moray eels, myriad varieties of fish, corals, and more. On land, the white sand beaches and lush jungles are breathtaking. And staying in an overwater bungalow is the icing on the cake.
I’m on a boat
On the Moorea Cata Jet tour, we drove a mini speedboat around the island, with a couple of stops to check out stingrays, reef sharks, and a secluded private beach.
Picnic in paradise
On the second half of our Moorea Miti Tour, we enjoyed a delicious lunch on a private beach, followed by some more snorkeling in the crystal blue water.
View from Magic Mountain
We decided to try one of the ATV Moorea tours and are so glad we did! The tour was absolutely fantastic: we got to drive on both paved roads and in the mud all around the island, swing from banyan trees, see amazing vistas, and eat delicious ice cream. The guide was great and emailed us photos from the excursion a few days later. We highly recommend this tour, and be sure to upgrade to the extended route because the view at the end from Magic Mountain is the best part!
Circled by sharks
The Moorea Miti Tour was fantastic. For the first half of the tour, the boat brought us to a shallow sand bar to swim with black tip reef sharks and stingrays. Lots of close encounters with these incredible animals!
Walking underwater in Moorea
On the Aquablue Helmet Dive excursion in Moorea, you breathe fresh air that’s piped into a large metal helmet that rests on your shoulders. You walk along the bottom of the lagoon for about 30 minutes with your guide. We loved seeing fish and coral from this new vantage point!
Our video tour of the fantastic Sofitel in Moorea
Here’s our video tour of the Sofitel Ia Ora Resort in Moorea. It’s as a great place to spend a week with a lot to do. We definitely recommend getting a overwater bungalow because the views and snorkeling are phenomenal. It’s one of the reasons to go to French Polynesia in the first place! There an infinity pool, a bar, a restaurant with daily entertainment, a nice beach, and phenomenal snorkeling for a resort. The views are also spectacular during the day and at night.
Amazing snorkeling at the Sofitel in Moorea
There were so many amazing fish at the Sofitel. There’s a beautiful barrier reef surrounding the beach, a great beach, and large variety of fish in the coral reef under the overwater bungalows. The Sofitel is reputed to have the best snorkeling of any resort there and from what we saw, we’d agree. We even saw a what we think is a many-toothed snake moray along the shore. I may have gotten much closer than recommended, as you can see in the video!
So many tropical fish eating from our hands right off the deck
There were so many different species of fish right off of our overwater bungalow’s deck at the Sofitel in Moorea. The snorkeling was fantastic and we had a lot of fun feeding fish from our hands. The parrotfish were especially aggressive when it came to eating the bread. You can actually hear the fish grab the bread! A few of them thought my hand was food and tried to get a piece of that as well!
Our overwater bungalow in Moorea
Here’s our 4K video tour of the Luxury Overwater Bungalow that we stayed in at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort. It was an amazing, albeit different, experience from what we had at the Hilton in Bora Bora. Our room was fantastic: a great view of Tahiti, not too far of a walk from the restaurant, and perfectly situated for great snorkeling right off the deck. We were in room 108 in case you want to reserve the same specific room.