If I were to pick a highlight of the entire trip, it would have to be the two days we spent at the Intercontinental Moorea. We splurged and took an over-the-water bungalow, which turned out to be a wonderful decision. If you’re ever “in the neighborhood”, I would strongly suggest you do the same. It is difficult to describe the experience, but a look at my photos will give you the feeling of what an over-the-water bungalow is all about. We went swimming and snorkeling right from the bungalow. The ladder attached to the bungalow turned out to be very helpful. The seclusion, privacy and magnificent scenery—including amazing sunsets—was not to be believed.
The Intercontinental property was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Everywhere you looked was worthy of a photo. The food was excellent. We enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach and pool. They even have a dolphin center, where you can swim with the dolphins (for a steep price.) We also visited the hotel’s own turtle rescue facility.
The next day after lunch, we took a taxi to the ferry, for a 20-minute ride to Papeete for the flight home. In Papeete, we had a taxi meet us for the drive to the Intercontinental Hotel there. As our flight was not leaving till midnight, we decided to take a day room, enjoy the facilities, and have dinner before we departed for the airport. This turned out to be an excellent decision as well.