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The best way to appreciate Moorea is to spend a full day exploring the entire island — from the turquoise lagoon to the sandy shores and all the way to the top of the Magic Mountain and Belvedere Point. There are many different ways to do this, including helicopter rides, hiking excursions and guided tours.
We think the best way to see Moorea in one day is a combination ATV and catamaran tour, which will allow you the chance to explore the island by both land and sea. There is a great excursion offered by Moorea Mahana Tours that devotes the first portion of the day to exploring Opunohu Bay on board a cata jet (a small catamaran that seats one to two people), followed by an ATV tour of Opunohu Valley. After exploring the island's lush mountains and pineapple plantations, you'll get back on the water and stop for a chance to get up close and personal with stingrays. The full-day excursion includes a picnic lunch on a small, secluded island where you'll learn how to make the island's traditional dish, poisson cru, a local take on ceviche.