With mountains leaping almost vertically out of a turquoise lagoon, tropical vegetation, restaurants dripping fresh fish, stylish accommodations and a languid pace of life, it's little wonder many visitors experience a sense of deja vu upon arriving in Moorea: this is the island paradise you've been dreaming about all winter.
At the northwest corner of the island you'll find Hauru Point, with a 5 kilometer long sandy white beach and excellent snorkeling just offshore. On the east coast, near the airport, Teavaro Beach is also beautiful and has good snorkeling. Most of Moorea's dive sites are found along the north shore. Popular spots include Le Tiki, which has a shark-feeding center, the 20-meter-deep Couloir des Raies (Ray Passage) and, for more experienced divers, the dive to the Jardin des Roses (Rose Garden), which takes you down 50 meters.
Transport from Tahiti to Moorea is ridiculously easy (it takes just 30 minutes by high-speed catamaran) so you have no excuse not to spend, at the very least, a day or two on this veritable gem. If being lazy ceases to entertain you, and then you get tired of playing in the water, there are also challenging hikes, horseback riding along the beach, and lagoon boat tours.
Most of the island's accommodations are around the east side of Cook's Bay and Hauru Point.