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The island of Moorea was much smaller than Tahiti, only 36 miles around the perimeter along the coastal road; easy to explore in a single day with your own wheels. The interior of the island, like Tahiti, was mountainous and best explored by 4 x 4 vehicles that are also available for rental. I decided I was far more interested in exploring the shoreline so a regular car would suffice. Just a mile or two from the port the road climbs up a hill along the coastline and there was a spectacular lookout point over the lagoon and the Sofitel Resort with the island of Tahiti off in the distance. I sat there for about 20 minutes just taking it all in: the stark contrast between the shallow, pale blue clear lagoon; the deep blue sea beyond the breakers; the thatched-roof bungalows of the Sofitel dotting the lagoon and the sandy white shoreline. It was like something out of a movie, almost too perfect to be real. I, also took a drive inland up to the Belvedere “lookout point”, the island’s highest point accessible by car.