As we disembarked in Papeete, we were greeted with the local music and dance. But we didn’t stop to listen or take photos. We were headed to the Ferry Terminal next door where an Arementi high-speed catamaran was waiting to whisk us off to the enchanting Island of Moorea, often likened to James Michener’s mythological island of Bali Hai. A 30-minute ferry ride and $9.50/pp is all it took to reach the ferry dock in the small village of Vai’are where Jo from Jo’s Tours waited to drive us over to the InterContinental Hotel ($45.00 total cost.) There is only one road in Moorea and it circles the entire island. It took us less than 25 minutes to reach the hotel.
Next, I’m going to tell you all about our fabulous stay in an over-water bungalow at the Moorea InterContinental Hotel!
The beautiful Island of Tahiti has charmed many adventurers from Captain Cook to James Michener to Marlon Brando. And on Saturday nights it enchants cruise passengers especially, with the set-up of food trucks and an evening market right at the dock. We missed the festivities on this trip since we ferried over to the Island of Moorea early in the day. But in 2016 we had a blast! Roasted pig, stews, Asian specialties, pizza and desserts galore. After driving around the Island, shopping the Public Market, visiting the Vaima Mall and touring the Old Church, this is a wonderfully carefree and relaxing way to end a hectic day!