We had rented a car for a day to circle the island (51 square miles). We went to a plantation at the agriculture school (Lycee Agricole). They give you a map and a pamphlet indicating the different plants and trees that you might encounter along the way. The map shows markers indicating locations of the trees/plants and the pamphlet lists the descriptions of the different flora and fauna in the plantation. You can find various tropical fruits like pineapples, papayas, mangoes, avocadoes, grapefruits, citrus, and flowers like hibiscus, bananatree flowers, tiares, etc. We got confused with the map and pamphlet since some of the markers were missing and some were randomly marked like marker 34 sits between 32 and 33. Go figure.
Anyway, it reminds me a lot of my grandpa's country place on a smaller scale especially with the free roaming roosters, chicks and hens. But, I think that's not the reason that we stopped at the plantation as it wasn't originally in my plan. We actually met a very nice guy, Richard, who took us up the trail above Belvedere Lookout, explaining to us the different plants along the way like the banyan trees, ferns and young ginger. It was worth the 10 minutes hike up the trail as the view was stunning.
Opunohu bay, Mt. Rotui, Cook's Bay
Banyan trees on the trail above Belvedere Lookout
Next, came the idyllic Cook's Bay. It was delightful to be there at noon as the sun is at it highest point, thus rendering the water many different shades of blue. Loved the sand on the white beach as it was supersoft and clean.
Idyllic Cook's Bay
|Sofitel resort from Toatea viewpoint|
Tahiti island viewed from Toatea Viewpoint
We had stayed at a premium beach bungalow at the Intercontinental Moorea. Having a patio to hang out, take a nap, enjoy the sunsets and look at the stars in the sky plus your own beach access to the water make for a wonderful stay. Nice beach with calm water makes it a great playground for the kids. They were in the water every day to swim, kayak, snorkel, looking for fishes with their underwater camera and just being silly kids. My son didn't think that any place could beat this resort as we were leaving. But, Bora Bora proved him wrong. That's another post. Enjoy Moorea's sunsets.
Bird enjoying the sunset
Sunset view from bungalow