Posted October 10th, 2017, 09:23 PM
Lets continue on our journey ....
As you return to Opunohu Bay turn to your left on to the main road. As you continue along the western side of the bay you will have more incredible views of The Paul Gauguin if she is anchored here. As you get close to the opening of the reef You will arrive at Papetoal. There is a small market on the corner called Magasin Rene. Turn right here and you will come to the tender drop off location for the Paul Gauguin. Moorea recently completed a nice addition to the tender location. There are several vendors that sell local work of art as well as some vendors who may be for hire.
There is also a round church located here. On Sunday we've gone to church here and enjoyed the worship in their local language, just beautiful. From the tender drop off location if you look back toward the mountains and just a bit to the left you will see Magic Mountain, the place where vendors take you when you are doing the quad runners or ATV's. Incredible views form up there.
As you continue on the main road you will arrive at one of the very best places to eat on the island, Snack Mahana. Can get very busy at lunch so I would suggest either an early lunch or late lunch. The food here is very good and priced very reasonably for FP. The Poison Cru is to die for as is the Mahi Mahi ... fresh. You do no go here for the 5 star setting, you go here for the the food, the locals and to enjoy the lagoon as you sit under a giant tree.
Continue on and you will come to the Coco Beach transfer point.
This is one of the places where you can snag a boat shuttle out ot the motus and the restaurant. The picture gives the details for you.
Continue on and you will arrive at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort. On the left side of the road is a market. During lunch time they have 'plates' like you wiuld get in Hawaii. For around $12 bucks you can enjoy a hot lunch that isn't to bad.
Go into the Intercontinental and park. I've stayed here several times and it's a great place if you want a resort that offers many things to do and if your traveling with kids under 14 this is the best of the big four resorts on Moorea to stay. You have a very nice pool area, large beach area, inner lagoon area which is very safe with toddlers, the turtle sactuary and of course Dolphin Quest. The food is good though a bit pricy but this is true of any of the major resorts.
Here is a layout of the resort with a few added items to help you out.
My lunch the last time I stopped by ....
A beautify turtle at the sactuary .....
The inner lagoon ... pix 1
More pictures of the resort to come ....
Past Trips to the French Polynesia/South Pacific:
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 (2), 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Upcoming Trips to the South Pacific:
July 26, 2017 on the Paul Gauguin
Likes: Traveling to the South Pacific on the Paul Gauguin and taking beautiful pictures.