Eight mountain peaks rising from a shimmering lagoon make a dramatic first impression here on Moorea, the island believed to have inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James A. Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Jagged volcanic ridges, lush green jungle, and aquamarine waters complete the picture. But you’ll find that while its vistas are epic, Moorea’s vibe is laid-back and welcoming. You’ll overnight here, giving you more time to connect with locals and pursue activities like hiking, whale watching, and ATV riding.
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