Another night arrival in the Society Islands, but this time the channel through the reef had its leading lights in full working order. After a pleasant sail from the southern end of Tahiti we made a midnight entrance into Moorea, passing twenty or so yachts crammed into a small anchorage behind the reef we proceeded into the almost empty large deep bay of Opunohu, anchoring behind a large superyacht. It’s always nice to wake up in a new place and see your surroundings for the first time, Opunohu Bay is quite possibly the most scenic anchorage we have had in the South Pacific so far. It is surrounded by lush green mountains and rolling hills with a mixture of livestock and crop plantations.
After an excellent hike up the valley to visit some archaeological sites and a viewpoint called Belvedere, with views north across both Opunohu and Cooks Bay, we discovered a network of hiking and cycling trails across the northern part of the island.
We spent a week on this beautiful island, hiking every day through pineapple, banana, and citrus plantations and pine forests, with the occasional beef herd in between.