Travel Reports » Moorea

The island of Moorea is the little sister of Tahiti in French Polynesia and with a distance of 17 km also in their sight. The island has an area of 133 km² and about 17,000 inhabitants. Moorea geographically belongs to the Society Islands (Islands above the wind) and was formed about 2 million years ago from a hot spot of the Pacific Plate. A V-shaped mountain range with an average height of 800 metres – the southern edge of a former volcanic crater – divides the island into a northern and southern half. The highest elevation is the Mont Tohiea with a height of 1,207 metres and the Mont Tautuapae with 769 metres. At the north-western tip of Moorea are the two uninhabited Motu Tiahura and Fareone.