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USEFUL INFORMATION

Location
Moorea is located seven minutes away from the main island of Tahiti by plane and 30 minutes away by fast catamaran. 
 
Language
The official language of French Polynesia is French, although the unofficial language, Tahitian, is more widely spoken. English is spoken by some native islanders and most will be happy to answer questions and help as much as possible.
 
Religion
The main religion in Polynesia is Christianity, with the majority Protestant and a significant contingent of Catholics.
 
Currency
The local currency in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (XPF). Our Front Office team will be happy to help you exchange currency.
 
Time: UTC -10:00
 
Weather 
French Polynesia enjoys a marine tropical climate, with lots of sun all year round and just enough rain to water its luxuriant vegetation and colourful flowers. It receives an annual average of eight hours of sunshine per day with temperatures between 24°C (75°F) and 30°C (86°F) and lagoon water temperatures between 23°C (73°F) and 26°C (79°F). There are two distinct seasons – November to April is the wet season (with January the wettest month) and August being the driest.  
 
Food
Tahitian cuisine is healthy, using natural, fresh produce. Meat is either produced domestically or imported from New Zealand. Seafood lovers will enjoy a great diversity of fish – either from our lagoon or the South Pacific Ocean. 
 
WHAT TO PACK?
Dress code: bring cotton clothing and light rainwear in case of a sudden tropical downpour. A pair of reef shoes is essential to avoid coral cuts.
 
Electrical adapter: bring a universal adapter or converter for use with your personal electrical equipment, local voltage being 220V/60Hz.
 
Local currency: the French Pacific Franc (XPF) is the local currency. It is best to bring US dollars or Euros and exchange currency once you arrive.
 
Necessities: Moorea is a remote island, so you might have difficulty finding the things you take for granted at home. Remember to bring your electronic device chargers, digital camera, batteries and a universal adapter.
 
Sun care: don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
 
Mosquito repellent: mosquito coils are strictly forbidden but mosquito spray can be purchased at the hotel boutique.
 
RESORT SERVICES
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa offers the following services: 

  • Front desk open 24/7 with foreign exchange, mailbox, fax services 
  • Guest Relations 
  • Business Centre 
  • Activities 
  • 24/7 Internet access
  • Beach Desk (Fare) for beach towels and snorkelling equipment 
  • Car rental desk 
  • Babysitting on request 
  • Doctor on request 
  • Exchange currency desk
 
FAQs
 
Are there any jogging routes? 
Our hotel is spread over large grounds and features lovely pathways, bridges, beaches and a botanical garden – an inspirational place to walk or jog.
 
Where can I get snorkelling equipment? 
You will find snorkelling equipment at the Fare Sport kiosk located on the main beach, facing the swimming pool.
 
Where can I find stamps? 
You can buy stamps at the boutique. A mailbox can be found to the left of the reception desk. Our boutique is open from 7.30am to 7pm (Monday to Saturday) and 7.30am to 5pm (Sunday). It’s closed between 12pm and 1pm.
 
Where is the pharmacy?
The nearest pharmacy is about three kilometres away, just after Le Petit Village. We also keep some medicine at the front desk.
 
What services and facilities in the hotel are complimentary? 
We provide complimentary use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment from Fare Sport. The fitness room is free to access with your room key. For the tennis court and ping pong, just ask the concierge.
 
Where can we rent bikes? 
Bike rental is available from the concierge. Caution should be taken when riding bicycles on local roads.
 
Can I pay with foreign currency?
Of course, you can pay in every foreign currency available at the reception. But be aware that you cannot sell CFP before leaving.
 
Where is Le Petit Village located? 
Le Petit Village is about two miles from the hotel. We suggest you take a shuttle or rent a bike as it takes 30 minutes on foot.
 
Is there shopping nearby? 
There are some shops in front of the hotel and at Le Petit Village. 
 
Where is the bank? 
It’s in the Maharepa Village about 25 miles from the hotel. You can exchange currencies at the reception.
 
Is the tap water drinkable? 
It’s safe to drink, but not recommended if you’re not accustomed to drinking local water. Therefore we recommend you drink bottled mineral water, which is available on-site. All our ice is made with filtered water.
 
How can I get to town from the hotel? 
The public transportation on Moorea is provided by buses, which run between the Vaiare dock and Le Petit Village. They operate to coincide with the ferry boat schedule, servicing the north and south coasts. The buses stop in front of the hotel, just tell the driver your destination. It is safest to ask the concierge for confirmation of the timetable. The concierge will be happy to book a coach transfer or a taxi for you.