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Moorea: Magical Mountain

Magical Mountain viewpoint.

It's a short yet rewarding hike, where you don't have to hire a guide (most of the hikes in Polynesia are quite dangerous, so you really need to pay those 8000CFP to make sure you don't run into trouble) to climb up to a lovely view. The entrance is a private property, but once you stop the car, a lady will come and charge you 200 franc per person.

Here you can clearly see how the fringe coral cracks and lets the water in/out of the lagoon. It's amazing the things that coral can create.

Lush peaks surrounding the deep bay.

Lagoon view, uneven depths. All coral.

Muddy gal.

The lonely tree.

The little church. While cute, is actually quite sad to realize that missionaries built temples on top of the local Marae. So that Polynesians had to convert to Catholicism, whether they liked it or not.

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