03 August 2012 | Cook's Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia
The next day we headed across to Moorea, about 15nm away. Moorea’s dramatic rock formations reminded us of the Marquesas, but because of the fringing coral reef around these islands, once you enter the passes the anchorages are much more comfortable!
After more than a week of ‘city’ life it was lovely to drop the hook in Cook’s Bay on the north side of the island. Moorea is one of the busier islands in this archipelago, with many ferries running between it and Papeete. There is a small town in Cook’s Bay and a fair bit of tourist activity but it felt a hundred times more relaxed than Tahiti’s bustle.
We went for a great, long hike from the bay along the ‘route ananas’ or pineapple farm road, on a main road past some stone archeological sites (maraes), through jungle and bamboo forests and finally up to a lookout on one of the ridges.