Lagoons form around islands like Moorea as the volcanic landmass subsides into the ocean (over millions of years), leaving a coral outer ring – hence creating beautiful lagoons. It’s a slow but very fruitful process. The lagoons are full of marine life and sheltered from the pumping swells on the outer reefs.
Moorea gets a little overlooked at times, sitting in the shadows of it’s more famous (and fancier) relative – Bora Bora. Everyone knows Bora Bora and has seen the photos of $10,000-a-night lagoon hotel rooms. I’ve never been but I will say it was more expensive to go there than Moorea. I am told Moorea has a more local, low key vibe. I won’t make it far out to Bora Bora on this trip…but it’s on the list to visit. I hear the water is even bluer than Moorea which I am struggling to comprehend.
If you’re planning a trip to Tahiti…you must visit Moorea. Teahupoo is so famous for its wave (which is mind-blowing) but there’s not much else all the way out there. We flew Air New Zealand here from Sydney and choose the sky couches as we have the groms (3 economy seats in a row for 2).