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It’s one of French Polynesia’s lesser-known islands but, for my money, it’s the best.
With all the beauty of Bora Bora minus the crowds and the prices, Moorea is the stuff of South Pacific dreams.
I sometimes refer to Moorea as the “Kauai” of French Polynesia. Follow me for a second…Tahiti (like Oahu) is the main island where all the traffic and crowds are; Bora Bora (like Maui) gets all the press and the honeymooners…and Moorea (like Kauai, in my opinion) is the true unspoiled paradise.
Where a tranquil, overwater bungalow can often be had for nearly half the price of those on big-sister Bora Bora.
And speaking of overwater bungalows…that brings me to one of my favorite hotels in the world, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.
Easily reached by 30-minute ferry from nearby Papeete, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled between two brilliant bays on the heart-shaped garden isle of Moorea.
Plush bungalows sit perched atop the resort’s best asset, a crystal-clear lagoon teeming with coral and tropical marine life. You can easily spend an entire day (or more) snorkeling the Hilton Moorea’s lagoon and never tire of this spectacular underwater world.
From inside your bungalow, the show continues through a glass panel in the floor known locally as “Tahitian Television.”
The bottom line? If you’ve been saving up those Hilton Honors points, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is the place to spend them!