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However active or inactive you wish to be, you'll find plenty of things to do in Moorea. While there are endless opportunities for rest and relaxation, Moorea can also appeal to your adventurous side. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best things to see and do in Moorea.
1. Climb Magic Mountain and Belvedere Point. The best view is from the top — and since getting there is half the experience, we recommend a guided ATV or 4x4 Jeep Safari tour. You'll explore the island's lush interior, pass through fragrant pineapple plantations and enjoy amazing panoramic views. Magic Mountain is located along the exterior and therefore boasts stunning views of the lagoon, while Belvedere Lookout is located toward the center of the island and offers breathtaking views of both Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay.
2. Explore the lagoon by Jet Ski. One of the most exciting ways to see Moorea is to circle the island on a guided Jet Ski excursion. You'll get better acquainted with the lagoon and also get a feel for the overall landscape of the island. Some tours even include snorkeling stops, giving you the chance to explore Moorea from below the surface.
3. Go dolphin and whale watching. Marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole leads an excellent ecotour in Moorea. He and his research team will take you by boat to the best spots around the island for both dolphin and whale encounters. You'll also learn more about these magnificent creatures along the way. Although whale season is only from August to October, you can see dolphins all year long.
4. Snorkel and feed the stingrays. One of the more popular activities in Moorea is a lagoon cruise and ray feeding. You'll go snorkeling at various stops around the island and also have the chance to swim with stingrays. Your helpful guide will teach you how to feed these friendly creatures, allowing you to interact with them as little or as much as your comfort level allows.
5. Go parasailing. This is an exhilarating way to get an amazing sky-high view of Moorea. You'll go parasailing over your choice of the lagoon, the reef, Cook's Bay or Opunohu Bay. Once you're up, you may never want to come down.