Beyond the Port Area
A relatively flat, well-paved 39-mile circle drive traces the circumference of Moorea, French Polynesia. Circle Island Drive & Belvedere will drive the main road of this heart-shaped island, cleaved by Cook's and Opunohu bays along Moorea’s stunning north shore. Then they will take the turn off that leads through the Opunahu Valley to the top of Mount Rotui for awesome views of the twin bays from the Belvédère Lookout. Whale- and dolphin-watching are popular activities on Carnival cruises to Moorea, French Polynesia.
Moorea offers some of the best dolphin-watching experiences in French Polynesia and Dolphin & Whale Watching Expeditions lead dolphin watching excursions year-round. Watch the humpback whales visit the island from July until October to breed in the warm South Pacific. The Tiki Theatre Village, built in the style of ancient Tahitian villages, is a cluster of old-fashioned fares (houses), where locals demonstrate traditional arts and crafts such as tattooing, tapa-cloth making and painting, wood and stone carving, weaving, and cooking. Circle Island Drive & Tiki Theatre Village offer a comprehensive tour encompassing circle drive, Tiki Theatre and coffee and pineapple fields.
Beaches in Moorea
While many other islands in French Polynesia have black-sand beaches, most of Moorea’s beaches are blindingly white. Spending a day out on the lagoon is a must. Motu Islet Beach & Barbeque excursion takes you across the water to a motu (small islet) out on the reef for swimming, snorkeling, and a barbecue lunch.
Sharing the lagoon with the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, the gorgeous Temae Plage Publique (Tamae Public Beach) has some of the island's best swimming and snorkeling. Another public beach and a local favorite for sunning and swimming is Faimano Plage Publique (Faimano Public Beach), in a coconut grove west of the Sheraton Moorea between the two bays. You’ll find good snorkeling with Moorea Snorkeling Safari which includes use of basic snorkeling gear.
Shopping in Moorea
Tahitian black pearls, wood carvings, and tikis are among the signature souvenirs of a Carnival cruise to Tahiti. For one-stop shopping, head to Haapiti to Le Petit Village shopping center. You can also buy black pearls at Tiki Village Theatre.