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How to get to Moorea

Moorea is one of the leeward islands of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, just 20km northwest of Tahiti, and is easily accessible with daily international flights connecting through Papeete, on the island of Tahiti.

From overseas, the most convenient route to Moorea is by air to Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT), followed by a 15-minute connecting flight to Moorea Airport (MOZ).

Air Tahiti (www.airtahiti.com) operates several flights daily between Tahiti and Moorea. The airline also operates regular flights between Moorea and Huahine, Raiatea, and Bora Bora.

Alternatively, Moorea is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Papeete, with regular high-speed catamaran shuttle services throughout the day to Vaiare.

Aremiti (www.aremiti.pf) operates a frequent ferry shuttle service daily between Tahiti and Moorea using two high-speed vessels: the Aremiti 5 and Aremiti 2 ferries. One-way fares are FCFP1500 for adults and FCFP950 for children.

The 56-metre Aremiti 5 is the smaller and faster of the two ferries, cruising at more than 30 knots, taking 30 minutes (wharf to wharf) for the short 22km (13.6mi) voyage.

On-board facilities include air-conditioned rooms, a snack-bar and a large flat screen TV. The top deck features a seventy seater sun deck, perfect for sightseeing.

The larger, 80-metre Aremiti 2 can carry up to 967 passengers and 146 vehicles. Aremiti 2 takes around 45 minutes (wharf to wharf). On-board facilities include two air-conditioned decks and a large restaurant area. Like its sister ship, there is also a sun deck.

Papeete Ferry Terminal is a 10-minute taxi or bus ride from Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT).

There are also frequent inter-island connections by ferries, catamarans, copra boats and schooners that make regular trips throughout French Polynesia. Daily ferry connections exist between Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Papeete and Raiatea.

The 120 islands that make up French Polynesia are scattered over 2.5 million sq km of the South Pacific, 6,120km northwest of Sydney, Australia and 4,000km northwest of Auckland, New Zealand.


Flight times to Moorea

Air Tahiti offers 40 flights daily from Papeete (on Tahiti) to Moorea. You can also fly direct from Bora Bora, Huahine and Raiatea.

Papeete to Moorea is 15 min, direct flight


Flight times to Papeete, Tahiti

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Tahiti International Airport (PPT), Papeete, Tahiti.

Within Tahiti: Air Tahiti operates several interisland flights daily:

Raiatea to Papeete is 45 min, direct flight
Bora Bora to Papeete is 50 min, direct flight
Moorea to Papeete is 15 min, direct flight
Rangiroa to Papeete is 1 hr, direct flight


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui operate regular flights to Papeete.

Auckland to Papeete is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Japan: Air Tahiti Nui operate regular flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Tokyo to Papeete is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From United States: Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, United Airlines and Air France operate the most convenient daily flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Honolulu to Papeete is 5 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Papeete is 8 hrs 5 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Papeete is 8 hrs 20 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Papeete is 14 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Papeete is 15 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Papeete is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Papeete is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Papeete is 15 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, United Airlines, WestJet, Air France and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Toronto to Papeete is 15 hrs 19 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Papeete is 15 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Papeete is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Air Tahiti Nui, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Adelaide to Papeete is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Papeete is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Papeete is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Papeete is 9 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Papeete is 14 hrs, 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From China: Japan Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Beijing to Papeete is 17 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Shanghai to Papeete is 15 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Papeete is 17 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui and Singapore Airlines operate regular flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Singapore to Papeete is 15 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air Tahiti Nui and American Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

London to Papeete is 21 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, United Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Paris to Papeete is 21 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Lufthansa and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Berlin to Papeete is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Papeete is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Papeete is 23 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Papeete is 24 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Papeete is 21 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Moorea Airport (MOZ), also known as Temae Airport or Moorea Temae Airport is located near the village of Temae in northeastern Moorea. The airport is 7.5 km northeast of Afareitu, the island's main village.

Tahiti International Airport (PPT), also known as Fa'aa International Airport is located 5km (3mi) southwest of Papeete, the capital city of French Polynesia.

Air Tahiti serves all local inter-island flights to Moorea, connecting with all international flights arriving in Papeete.

Taxis meet all flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.


Entry requirements

All visitors must hold return/onward tickets, plus proof of sufficient funds, and all visitors must hold passports which are valid at least six months after entry. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around Moorea

Moorea is best explored by hire car or through excursions. Motorboat and outrigger canoe rentals are also enjoyable ways to explore the lagoon and surrounding motu.

Roads on Moorea are generally good, although some sections are severely potholed, and marked 'deformee'. One main road circles the island taking about one hour to complete by car (or two hours by bus).

Traffic on Moorea drives on the right-hand side of the road

Boats, kayaks and jet-skis are available from hotels for hire to explore the lagoon.

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Latest update: How to get to Moorea: 8 March, 2020


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