Moorea, French Polynesia - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

French Polynesia is made up of some 118 islands, of which Tahiti is the best known. Just 12 miles across the lagoon from Tahiti lies Moorea, the former haunt of Tahitian nobility. Many believe this stunning island to be the inspiration for James Michener's mythical island of Bali Hai - and it's easy to see why. Picture-postcard lagoons are framed by white sand beaches and six verdant mountains that loom over the island.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Island Highlights

    Take a journey around Moorea to capture the unique beauty of this jewel in the Pacific Ocean.

    Island Highlights

    Your drive will take you on a tour of this visually stunning fairytale destination, where relaxation is encapsulated. Being such a compact island with no towns and a population of just 12,000, you will get to see the jagged volcanic mountains, tropical landscapes and the white sandy beaches. Stopping at a pineapple plantation, you’ll learn about this renowned and significant resource to Moorea.

    Described as one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the world, the Belvedere Lookout is a must for all visitors to Moorea. Located at the centre of this heart-shaped island, from here you will be able to see the crystal clear waters of the famous Opunohu Bay and Cook’s Bay, with the sacred Rotui Mountain dividing them.

    For a glimpse of past Tahitian culture, visit a marae, one of the ancient temples used in Moorea for worship.

    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The order of highlights may vary. This tour includes up to 30 minutes of walking at the viewpoints.

    Tour code

    MOZ_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Spinner Dolphin Expedition

    An exceptional opportunity to learn about acrobatic dolphins in their stunning natural habitat, through the passion of an expert.

    Spinner Dolphin Expedition

    Described as the most informative and exciting water-based excursion in French Polynesia, the scientific and natural approach to this tour is the perfect way to understand and appreciate the marine creatures that live in these crystalline waters.

    Dr Michael Poole is the Director of the Marine Mammal Research Programme at the Island Research Centre, and with his team has conducted scientific research on whales and dolphins since 1980. The conservation initiatives of the team include heightening public awareness about the plight of the animals, and their enthusiasm will shine through as they guide your tour.

    On boarding your boat you will be introduced to your captain and research expert, who will begin to tell you about the remarkable behaviours and social organisation of the dolphins. Your key objective is to search for the schools of acrobatic Spinner Dolphins, the only species that spin horizontally and vertically in the air like ballerinas. Enjoying the stunning beauty of this island, you may also, with luck, spot some Rough-Toothed Dolphins and Pilot Whales.

    Dr Poole and his research on Spinner Dolphins have been featured on the TV documentary, ‘Ocean Acrobats: The Spinner Dolphins’ shown on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. In 2000 he was a scientific consultant for the extraordinary BBC/Discovery Channel series ‘The Blue Planet’.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by boat. Please remember your camera, swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Please note this is not a swim with dolphins.

    Tour code

    MOZ_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Lagoon Cruise & Snorkel

    Sail on Moorea’s famous lagoon, find some playful stingrays and take a dip in the inviting ocean.

    Lagoon Cruise & Snorkel

    According to ancient legend, the two magnificent bays of Moorea were created by the tail of a huge lizard, and this gave the island its name – yellow (rea) lizard (moo). Explore the famous Opunohu Bay, as you sail into the lagoon. Take in the dramatic scenery of the island from the ocean, as well as the rainbow colours of fish living in the clear waters.

    Your guide will endeavour to find some of the magnificent stingrays that live in the turquoise lagoons that surround Moorea, and you will be able to see how friendly and gentle these beautiful creatures are. Take a dip in the crystal clear shallow waters, with the rays and small black tipped sharks and discover the beautiful coral garden, before sailing back.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by boat. The itinerary of this tour, as well as the type of boat used, will be decided by the Captain, and is dependent on the local weather conditions. These alterations will be made to ensure your safety and comfort during the tour. Please note that this is a snorkelling tour, therefore snorkelling equipment is provided (mask & snorkel only). Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Spaces are limited, therefore early booking is recommended.

    Tour code

    MOZ_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2 hours

  • 4x4 Adventure

    Adventure off-road deep into the heart of the island, for the best views and scenery of this paradise island.

    4x4 Adventure

    This tour is perfect for adventurers who want to discover Moorea off the beaten tracks. Travelling in a 4x4 vehicle, you’ll see inside the volcanic craters which created the island, explore the pineapple plantations and the lush rainforest landscapes.

    Resembling a star shaped garden, Moorea is agriculturally rich with vanilla, bananas, grapefruits and lemons. Renowned for its agricultural school, children travel from the outer islands to attend. As you drive across this large plantation, your guide will describe the flora and fauna of Moorea.

    Continue your exploration to visit a marae, a sacred place which served both religious and social purposes in ancient Polynesian societies. Enjoy stunning views over the island at the Belvedere lookout.

    At magic mountain, follow a small path surrounded by grapefruits, lemons and oranges, before emerging to one of the most beautiful views over the island.


    This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. The order of highlights may vary. There is a short but steep hike to the mountain viewpoint, therefore we recommend you wear footwear suitable for hiking over rough, uneven and wet ground. Please bring water, hat and sunscreen.

    Tour code

    MOZ_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Lagoon Cruise & Picnic

    Experience the thrill of swimming amongst schools of colourful tropical fish followed by a picnic on the beach.

    Lagoon Cruise & Picnic

    Discover the magnificent island of Moorea from its languid lagoon. Your guide will take you on a journey of the history of Oponohu and Cook’s bays whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery.

    According to an ancient legend, these bays were created by the tail of a huge lizard and indeed Moorea translates to yellow (rea) lizard (moo).

    Work up an appetite, in the lagoon’s turquoise waters, swim amongst the corals, tropical fish and stingrays.

    Afterwards, a picnic luncheon will be prepared for you on the motu island whilst you relax on the beach or enjoy more snorkelling.

    b>ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by motorized boat. : Participants must be physically fit, have snorkelling experience and be competent swimmers. The time spent at each area is weather and tide dependant. Please remember to wear your swim wear under your clothes, take a towel and sunscreen.Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Children under ten cannot participate. Snorkelling equipment is included (mask and snorkel).

    Tour code

    MOZ_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6 hours

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