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Moorea, Tahiti's sister island, is more rugged. Its landscape features a jagged outcropping called Magic Mountain, which is covered with lush foliage. Travelers can take ATV tours (and enjoy navigating the varied terrain) or hike to the top for panoramic views. There are also numerous beaches on Moorea, and Temae Beach on the north coast is one of the most popular. The island is home to a lagoonarium, where travelers can scuba dive and snorkel, and the Moorea Dolphin Center, where visitors can gaze at the marine mammals to their heart's content. A number of resorts line the northern coast of the island, too.
Recent visitors loved the lagoonarium, citing the ability to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and hundreds of colorful fish as a neat experience. Travelers also enjoyed Temae Beach for its pristine condition and relatively quiet atmosphere. Reviewers also said the vantage point from the sand offers stunning views of the water and islands in the distance.
To reach Moorea, you can take a ferry ride that leaves from the ferry terminal at Papeete. A round-trip ticket on an Aremiti ferry costs roughly 3,000 French Polynesian Francs (around $28 USD). Once on the island, you can get around by rental car, taxi or bus. Mopeds are also quite popular. When it comes to food, you'll find any number of options: from baguettes you can buy for a picnic on the beach to pizza parlors to upscale resort restaurants. You can find more information on Moorea by visiting the Tahiti tourism website.