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Cook's Bay (also known as Paopao Bay) is a 3-km long bay on the north coast of the island of Mo'orea, Tahiti. It is one of the two principal bays on the island. The other, Opunohu Bay is 4 km west of Cooks Bay.PutCooks Bay into our Cook's Bay itinerary planning app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Pao Pao, the largest village on Mo'orea, lies at the head of Cook's Bay. Mo'orea is a tourist destinations, and several hotels lie on the shore of the bay. The University of California, Berkeley maintains the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station on the west coast of Cook's Bay.
Cook's Bay was named after the British explorer James Cook. Cook's party visited Mo'orea during Cook's first voyage in 1769 to observe the transit of Venus, but Cook himself did not visit the island until his third voyage. He landed in Opunohu Bay on 30 September 1777, but later visited what is now Cook's Bay by land.
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Cooks Bay reviews
During our week in Mo'orea, we drove by the bay several times and was awe inspired of its view from Belvedere Lookout.
During our week in Mo'orea, we drove by the bay several times and was awe inspired of its view from Belvedere Lookout. more »
Opunohu Bay is beautiful. The day we were visiting was overcast however in the afternoon started to clear. However it didn't overshadow the beautiful reefs. The scenery is breathtaking. We hopped off.... more
Opunohu Bay is beautiful. The day we were visiting was overcast however in the afternoon started to clear. However it didn't overshadow the beautiful reefs. The scenery is breathtaking. We hopped off.... more »
Interesting that this bay was not actually visited by Capt. Cook. Beautiful, nonetheless. Nice public beach with many palm trees. Not far from the Hilton Moorea or the Intercontinental.
Interesting that this bay was not actually visited by Capt. Cook. Beautiful, nonetheless. Nice public beach with many palm trees. Not far from the Hilton Moorea or the Intercontinental. more »
A safe harbor and anchorage for boats. Seems very industrialized as far as Moorea goes: lots of homes and businesses on the shoreline here. Easiest offshore access to the gas station and super market, as well as a few restaurants. Lots of tourist boat activities, and a few other cruisers anchored during our stay. Deep water anchorage closer to the mouth of the bay, shallower near the shore, approximately 50-90 feet throughout. Thick mud bottom that many have reported pulling anchors in strong winds - we had no issue! Spectacular mountains surround the harbor, but beware of the very strong winds that seem to kick up and die down very quickly! Would offer five stars, but our experience was tarnished by locals burning trash almost 24/7. Only one of two harbor anchorages available on the island. Next stop, Opunohu Bay!
Cooks Bay is a postcard...I think one of the most beautiful views on Moorea. We stayed in Cooks bay for a few days and the mix of ocean and views is amazing.
Breathtaking. I love how vastly different the scenery is here compared to the other spots on the island.
What’s better than a heart-shaped island for putting lovers in the mood? Maharepa with its Cook’s bay, on the Society Island of Moorea, features epic white-sand beaches and a calm blue lagoon, perfect for a cooling dip or an active snorkeling or boating session. Cuddle up in a waterfront bungalow and absorb the breathtaking views on one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Cook's Bay, also called Pao Pao Bay is one of the two Mo’orea situated close to the largest commune of Mo'orea at the bottom. The highest point is Mount Tohi'e'a, near the center of Mo'orea. It dominates the vista from the this bay and can be seen from Tahiti. The bay leads you in to lush slopes and the lively village of Pao Pao, which is connected to the lovely neighbouring Opunohu Bay by the so-called Pineapple Road. Whether you are on land or water this place have some of the best views of this wonderful island!
For Moorea, our ship pulled into Cook’s Bay and put us ashore near the fish market. Instead of taking a tour, we just starting walking along the road sightseeing. On our way back to the ship, our friends stopped to give us a ride. Their daughter had stepped on a sea anemone, but they still wanted to give us a ride. Their son was so excited about the sea anemone because he got to help her by peeing on her foot.
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