Mo’orea is only an 7 minute flight or a 30 minute ferry ride from the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, but it seems much further once you arrive. We were lucky enough to spend a week here at the small, friendly Pension Motu Iti. Of course, being divers, we want to get some bottom time while on this idyllic island. We decided on TOPDIVE and hopped on their boat on the northwest corner of the island. For you nitrox divers, TOPDIVE provides free nitrox! They also offer an inter-island pass which allows you to dive on six islands.
Highlights of our dives with them included a green turtle, some very colorful sea anemones, an octopus as well as an underwater tiki garden! There is a barrier reef that protects Mo’orea from the open ocean and makes a great nursery for fish and sea life of all kinds.
On the other side of the reef the waters are rougher but when they are calm enough to dive you can see reef sharks as well as the famous local Lemon sharks. Many people visit this area of the world to see sharks and dive operators offer “shark dives.” While we don’t agree with associating divers with food (baited shark dives) we are certainly happy to see them when we have a chance encounter.
Here you don’t have to go far off shore to find some amazing wildlife. One funny bit of wildlife spotting was actually when we were snorkeling. I spotted a “worm” which I wish I hadn’t! As I turned around in the water I had a face full of an older gentleman who was in his birthday suit!
On a non-dive day rent a bike and take in the lush scenery, volcanic peaks and sweeping ocean views.
About the author: Tamara and Donny have wandered together since 2004, with no cure for their insatiable wanderlust. They write about discovering new destinations including beautiful photography, plus budget travel tips and how to give back through travel. Check them out on their blog – Turtles Travel