One of our favorite things we did in Moorea, we took a drive around the island! We rented a little 2 seater buggy, which was like a small go-kart that went faster than you would expect, zooming around the island in about 4 hours. The road was bumpy at parts but overall it was a blast!
How to Rent a Buggy
We rented the buggy through Moorea Fun Roadsters. We had booked it with the Sofitel Moorea concierge the night before, and without a problem, they delivered it to our hotel the very next morning!
We went back and forth between renting for 4 or 8 hours, but we decided to do the 4 hour which was the perfect amount to go around the entire island and make all recommended stops.
Where to Go
A map was provided, including the best places to stop (which we did most all of them). They recommended the following:
- Opunohu Bay (black sand), Opunohu Belvedere, archaeological and legendary sites, Agricultural High School (tasting)
- Protestant Papetoai Temple, Churches, Dolphin center & Marine Turtle Clinic (Intercontinental), Tiki village (Polynesian Village)
- Surf Spot, Cascasde in the Afareaitu Valley, Golf, Moorea Juice Factory & Distillery (tasting)
- Cook's Bay
- Tahiti Aromas Factory (Noni, Monoi, Vanilla, Coconut and Tamanu Oil Production Laboratory, Natural Tiare Essences.)
We were on our way! We drove for 2 minutes and then saw a picture perfect view of our hotel, so we pulled to the side of the road and stopped fro pictures. 4 hours didn't seem like it was going to be enough!
We hopped back in and started to make our way to our first stop, Belvedere lookout.
We went up a windy, bumpy road and made it to the top of the lookout.
To our surprise, there were many wild chickens around the island (and bugs)!
This was our favorite site, we were able to experience Belvedere and all its beauty.
On the way back down from Belvedere, we stopped at the Moorea Juice Factory & Distillery for a quick refresher. The pineapple drink was delicious, it tasted like ice cream!
We continued on, with many unpaved roads and quick turns, but overall we were enjoying our buggy ride. We kept stopping to enjoy the sights, including the gorgeous aqua water.
We figured it would be a good idea to stop at the only grocery store on the island on the way back since we had a way to get there! We picked up a few things such as cheese and crackers to snack on in the room and needed a mixer to go with our duty-free liquor pickup. Unfortunately, we picked up concentrate instead of juice but had plenty of Mango/Orange drinks for days!
Before you return the vehicle, just like renting a regular car, you have to fill it up but it doesn't use much gas and it cost about $8 to fill it back up!
This was a great way to see the island and get out of the resort for a little bit. We would highly recommend it to anyone who visits Moorea!
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