The Belvedere lookout has a reputation as one of the best views of the Moorea. It’s almost in the centre of this island, which is only ten miles across. From here we can see north towards Mount Rotui in the centre of the photograph. It is 900 metres or 2950 feet high and not the highest peak on the island but in my opinion the most spectacular. To the left is Ōpūnohu Bay and on the right of the mountain is Cook’s Bay.
Palm Trees are found on almost of the 130 islands of French Polynesia. Moorea is no exception. This was taken on the waters edge at Ōpūnohu Bay. If you look closely you should be able to see two or three coconuts on the tree in the foreground. It seemed like nearly all of the palms I saw were coconut palms. They obviously provide a delicious sauce of food. It is also quite fascinating to see how the Polynesian people used to cut open the coconuts without metal tools.
This is the view looking east from the top of Magic Mountain. It took an experienced driver in a large 4×4 to get up there but it was well worth it for this view. This Ōpūnohu Bay with Mount Rotui behind. Just out of the photograph to the left is the Hilton hotel with it’s famous overwater accommodation. Moorea is an island in French Polynesia, just a few miles east of Tahiti.