Best Moorea Snorkeling Tours According to an Avid Snorkeler

by | Last updated Jul 1, 2024 | Best Snorkeling French Polynesia, Moorea

My husband and I travel all over the world seeking out the BEST snorkeling sites from the Maldives to Bonaire and of course, French Polynesia! We have done many snorkeling tours from crazy big groups (Stingray City in Grand Cayman, never again!) to intimate excursions where it was just the two of us (like Shark Ray Alley in Belize). Trust me when I say SMALL GROUP snorkeling tours are super important for having the best experience. Now that you know my background, here are my favorite Moorea snorkeling tours!

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Map of Moorea Snorkeling Tour Locations

A snorkeling map of best snorkeling tours in Moorea

A map of Moorea snorkeling tour locations 

All of the best snorkeling sites are located on the northwestern and the northeastern side.

Alex Lagoon Tours will take you to all the best sites on the northwestern side.

Moorea Water Games will take you to all the best sites on the northeastern side.

If you take BOTH of these tours, you will have explored ALL the top snorkel spots in Moorea!

Remember small groups are super important if you are looking for a high-quality snorkeling experience. The snorkeling tours we booked only took 6 people max.

01- Alex Lagoon Tours

Swimming with blacktip sharks and stingrays in Moorea

Swimming with blacktip reef sharks and stingrays in Moorea

I cannot say enough positive things about Alex Lagoon Tours.

Alex is just a great human being, and he goes out of his way to make sure you have an exceptional experience. It feels like you are hanging out with a friend on their boat all day.

He makes sure you are comfortable in the water.

I also loved that he checked to make sure our masks were cleaned before jumping out of the boat. These little details are so important. Nothing is worse than a foggy mask especially when you have a cute affectionate stingray brushing up against you.

Alex takes you to 4 unique snorkeling sites along the northwestern side of the island, which include the following:

✔️   Turtle & Eagle Ray Alley (this is what I call it, not sure what the official name is)

✔️   Sharks & Rays Sandbar

✔️   Coral Canyon

✔️   Coral Garden Tiahura (next to the famous Coco Beach)

At the first site, you get to use a tow on the back of the boat to cover a lot of ground. So much fun!

One of the highlights was the Sharks & Rays Sandbar, where you have quite a few curious blacktip sharks and friendly stingrays swimming around you in chest deep water. Pretty unique experience!

We also saw turtles, eagle rays, and plenty of schools of fish.

Do not miss this tour!

All the juicy details with multiple photos can be found in my detailed Alex Lagoon Tours Review.

02- Moorea Water Games 

Swimming with stingrays at Jardin de Corail

Swimming with stingrays at Jardin de Corail

Moorea Water Games is yet another fantastic snorkeling tour! They only take 6 max.

Captain Manu,  guide Mana, and photographer Tom take you to 3 unique sites on the northeastern side of the island.

The sites include:

✔️   Sofitel Coral Garden

✔️   Cleaning Station

✔️   Jardin de Corail du Motu Ahi

One of the coolest things about this tour is you get to use an underwater scooter to jet around the coral.

This was the first time my husband and I used a sea scooter. We are hooked! So much fun! You can dive down and spin around. You feel like a little kid.

The snorkeling sites were incredible. We saw turtles, blacktip reef sharks, multiple sting rays, and plenty of schools of fish.

This is another snorkeling tour not to be missed!

See my Moorea Water Games Review for more details!

03- Moorea Dark Waters

Night snorkel with octopus

Courtesy of Shutterstock: night snorkel with octopus 

I didn’t join the Moorea Dark Waters Tour, but I wanted to include it because it is HIGHLY rated and offers a very unique snorkeling experience.

Snorkeling in the dark!

Yikes! I really wanted to do this, but I chickened out.

Everyone raves about the friendly guide Joaquin, who leads you safely around the coral using a flashlight pointing out all the cool sea creatures.

The snorkeling is done at Temae Beach, which is where the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort is located.

When we come back to Moorea to swim with the whales, I really want to do this tour. I snorkeled in the dark once with manta rays when we were on the Big Island (Hawaii) but that was years ago and a different kind of experience.

One of the biggest reasons I would love to try this night snorkel is the chance to see an octopus since they like to hunt at night.

I am obsessed with octopuses. We had a magical experience with multiple octopuses while at the Le Meridien in the Maldives, and now I just want to see more and more of them!

Final Thoughts

Snorkeling is one of the top things to do in Moorea!

We snorkeled all over the island (5 different sites) both independently and with snorkeling tours. If you want to hit all the highlights, book Alex Lagoon Tours and Moorea Water Games without hesitation!

And if you do the night snorkel with Moorea Dark Waters, please let me know if it’s as cool as it sounds (and if you see an octopus!).

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