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Saturday’s scene: Paradise in the Moorea lagoon

2013/03/24by Donna Hull


A boat floats in the Moorea lagoon.

Alan and I have cruised through the islands of Tahiti on two occasions. Each time, we were mesmerized by the deep blue colors, abundant sea life and soothing tropical water that is the Moorea lagoon. This photo is from our first trip when we were on a cruise excursion to swim with the stingrays. It was our first experience sailing in the South Pacific and we absolutely, positively fell in love with long cruises that include lots of sea days interspersed with visits to small, tropical islands.

Exploring the lagoon is not the only activity on offer in Moorea. Enjoy a drive to the Belvedere Lookout, join a four-wheel-drive exploration of the island, sign up for parasailing,  go dolphin watching or even shop for pearls. So far, on both of our visits, Alan and I have opted for a water excursion that involves snorkeling and stingrays. While we know that we should broaden our experiences in Moorea, the call of that blue, blue water is too strong. Or maybe we just enjoy recreating our first experience in a beautiful paradise.

Have you visited the Moorea lagoon by cruise ship or on a land trip? Post a comment to tell us about your favorite activity on the island. This type of travel is an especially good escape from cold, long winters like the ones Alan and I experience in Montana. As you might guess, we have many more cruises through Tahiti on our horizon.

Planning a South Pacific cruise? Check out our South Pacific cruise excursion reviews.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Cathy Sweeney
March 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Since I was really young, Tahiti has evoked the ultimate tropical vacation for me — yet I haven’t been there yet!! Look at the color of that water — gorgeous.


Donna Hull
March 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Cathy, Tahiti is hands down our favorite, although we’ve only experienced the region on cruises. Lodging and food are expensive so cruises are a good way to see Tahiti. One of these days, I’d like to cruise on the Paul Gauguin, which concentrates strictly on the islands in French Polynesia.
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March 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

I’ve always wanted to go to Tahiti. However, swimming with the rays is pretty scary sounding!
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Alisa Bowman March 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

After the stomach flu just went through my house + repeated snow storms, I’m ready to go anywhere.
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March 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I’ve been using a 20-minuted guided relaxation recently. I think your beach pix will help me form a better relaxation spot in my mind’s eye. Thanks!


Debbie Beardsley
March 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

Many years ago a girlfriend and I went to Tahiti and even though it wasn’t a good place for two young women to meet single young men, we both loved it! We took the ferry from Tahiti to Moorea and spent a wonderful day exploring the island in a vehicle that reminded us both of the Tattoo mobile from Fantasy Island. I highly recommend Tahiti to everyone!
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santafetraveler March 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

You really have been to Paradise! Twice!!
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Jane Boursaw
March 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

Beautiful. I still remember the color of the water in the Virgin Islands. Otherworldly blue.
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MyKidsEatSquid March 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I must say I’m ready for some warm weather–and the clear, blue waters sounds just heavenly right now.
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sheryl April 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

Tahiti has always seemed to be such an exotic, faraway place. Impressed that you’ve been there not once, but twice! Is is as beautiful as it sounds?
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Donna Hull
April 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

Sheryl, Tahiti is my absolute favorite for tropical rest and relaxation. And, yes, it is that beautiful.
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