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Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

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Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

We stayed at the Moorea Pearl Resort and with a late evening arrival we opted for a hotel garden room for the first night and a Deluxe Beach Bungalow for the rest of our stay. The Hotel Garden Room was large and very nice. It was on the ground floor and there is a porch, which is open to the garden. It has two chairs and a table where we had a cup of INSTANT COFFEE and waited for our Bungalow to get ready.

The breakfast area in the Hotel was in two levels and open to the pool. The buffet was good, but not as elaborate as is should be for the price, we were able to get a good cup of BREWED COFFEE. There are six deluxe beach bungalows. We had one near the property line, with an almost unobstructed view. As described in many trip reports all the Bungalows are beautiful with good amenities and no (brewed) coffee maker. The air conditioning run strong with the bathroom door closed. The small beach is sandy and always clean. Everyday we had hotel guests lounging and sunbathing right in front of our bungalow deck. The snorkeling is good at the dropout with calm water. The sunrise is gorgeous. The resort is small and offers a variety of rooms to suit everyone comfortably.

The town of Maharepa, which offers much convenience to vacationers and residents, has a post office where we bought stamps and a telephone card. There are shops and small businesses surrounding the place and a music and stereo store where we went in to look for the new CD from “Kutia”, a much recommended Tahitian music but it was sold out ( we found later it in Bora Bora ). The Maison Blanche (a white house) down the road has good souvenirs to take home and for the first and only time we got badly bitten by mosquitoes inside the house. The lady from the shop was kind to give us some soothing spray lotion to use. We brought mosquito repellent but forgot to use it and later gave it away to the people in Bora Bora.

On Sundays all shops are closed with the exception of the small food market which stayed open until noon .The wines, mostly French, are decently priced. The large bottle of Hinano beer was popular but it gets warm before you could finish it. There are no alcoholic purchases on Sunday.

We did not reserve a car in advance as suggested, because we do not like vacationing with a committed schedule. Albert transport has a small booth across from the Pearl Resort where we got a car just before the closing of lunch break. The car had air conditioning with no extra charge. We drove the 36 miles round-island road one afternoon, and with some local recommendations, we got to see Moorea at our leisure. We visited the Island focus spots and we stopped at the Sheraton, IC Moorea, and Les Tipaniers for lunch at the beach restaurant.

We also discovered the beautiful and maintained public beach “Mareto Plage”.

The restaurant Te Huno Iti was very good and we thought the Le Cocotier was excellent. The meal was wonderful along with the great wine and service. The place was filled with local residents and regular diners and a couple from Texas (us). The Le Sud restaurant had a great selection in the Menu du Jour for lunch; the salad nicoise was tasty and generous. Carameline has good but simple omelets for breakfast. The pastries are delicious.

Moorea is beautiful and we understand why it is a good place to reside. It is so convenient to commute to the main Tahiti Island. Every import comes daily via Aremiti ferry from Papeete. We saw new homes in constructions and in renovations; a lot for sale at Maharepa city limit…The island life is slow in Moorea but not monotone and the residents are very proud of that.

The 3 main Resorts we visited in Moorea are different in many ways and we had difficulties selecting the right one for our stay.

We picked the Pearl Resort because it’s smaller and for its location. We wanted to experience a Beach Bungalow during this stay and with some disappointment due to the no privacy of the beach front we did not regret it. The clear water and abundance of coral at the Sheraton resort looked much more appealing for snorkeling. The beach is longer but was not cleaned as well as the Pearl; there were seaweeds in the afternoon when we visited it.

The Intercontinental resort is very big and open with great air conditioned lobby and has a Robert Wan Pearl shop. It offers more activities but we find it somehow remote. A rental car is suggested if staying longer than 2 days.

As suggested on a another board we purchased round trip airport/hotel taxi transfer tickets at the Air Moorea ticket counter in Papeete. All you need to do is call the phone number on the ticket a few hours in advance before your departure time. Ben Tours showed up on time at the hotel lobby.

We browsed the shops at the airport before boarding and found a beautiful 13.5mm round Tahitian pearl with a greenish undertone at Mehiti Black Pearl shop. The sales person was very nice and willing to show us more loose pearls from stock than the ones on display. We have some knowledge on pearls and knew it was a good last minute purchase.

Our nonstop flight to Bora Bora was about 45 minutes. With much confusion on which side to sit we went toward the cockpit and sat on the left inside the cabin. The view was amazing on either side…

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1. Re: Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

Thank you for your trip report. I will be staying there in a few weeks! Did you find any bargain restaurants at all? I am a little worried about the cost of meals. I hear that even breakfast is expensive. Any tips?

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Debbiejo,

Hope this help:

The breakfast buffet for 2 at the hotel was 5500 xpf (about $62.50 at $1.00 = 88xpf).

The breakfast at Carameline, 2 omelets, a half baguette toasted with butter and jelly on the side, 1 Orangina, 2 cups of coffee was 2850xpf (about $32.50).

The pastries and quiches were about 300xpf to 450xpf.

We liked the convenience of eating the breakfast buffet at the hotel. We enjoyed our morning at the resort and at times we were not hungry until dinner. You can also order off the menu at breakfast and it would be less.

The great dinner at Le Cocotier was about 8850xpf for two (go left when exiting the hotel which is toward the airport).

A lunch plate at Le Sud was1750xpf to 2150xpf (within walking distance, go right when exiting the hotel).

The bottled water (Eau Royale) in the restaurants was about 450xpf and at the food mart it was104xpf for a 1.5 liter.

We had bought French baguette bread for 47xpf, ham 439xpf, brie cheese 348xpf, butter 151xpf, Rotui nectar juice 1liter 384xp, Hinano 1242xpf for 6 bottles of 50cl, and wines from 1095xpf to 3500xpf.

We found that the cost of food is comparable to home.

We traveled a long way to be there and sometimes spending a bit more to have a wonderful and relax time was well worth.

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3. Re: Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

Debbiejo - EVERYTHING is expensive there, not only breakfast!! Good luck finding "a bargain breakfast." Your best bet is to go to one of the local markets each morning and have some of the great chocolate croissants. Only about $1.30 USD each!

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4. Re: Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

Actually, I did plan on going to the market and taking some power bars with me. I don't eat huge meals when I travel, so I will be fine with a breakfast roll. I am well aware of how expensive FP is. Anyone go to any of the local markets? I believe there may be food stands at some of those too. I know the locals must certainly have places that don't cost the same as what tourists are charged.

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5. Re: Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

There are TONS of food stands and little hole in the wall places in Papeete. Some of the best and cheapest food around! Too bad the other islands aren't like that.

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6. Re: Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

There is a roulotte in Maharepa that sell rotisserie chicken during lunch. It may not be the best on the island but the locals were in line up to make their purchase.

Les Tipaniers offers some good and simple french bread sandwiches with ham cheese, letttuce and tomatoes for 450xpf on the lunch menu. You can take to go or to eat there.

Most of the locals do not dine out every night lunch seems to be more popular. Ordering from the menu du jour is more economical.

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7. Re: Moorea and the Pearl Resort September 2006

Thanks! I also found some listings in Lonely Planet for some local recommendations. and will check out the food stands in Papeete.

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