Opunohu Bay is a 3-km long bay on the island of Moorea, Tahiti. The water is 80 metres deep at the mouth. The bay is subject to wind-driven currents and upwellings.[1] Sailboats and tour boats regularly enter the bay. Opunohu bay is west of Cook's Bay and Pao Pao.

A panorama view from Belvedere Point on Mount Tohivea, looking towards Opunohu Bay on the left, and Cook's bay on the right, separated by Mou'a Rotui (899 m). Mou'a Roa (880 m) is on the left.


It is located about 20 miles west of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. Opunohu bay is in western Moorea where Mt. Rotui towers over the bay. Mt. Tohivea is Moorea's highest mountain just to the south. Papetoai is located to the west of the bay. People from the east of the bay would drive through the bay and reach Papetoai. Piheana is located to the east of the bay.


People mainly come into the bay to get to Papetoai. They mainly come to Papetoai to shop at the shopping center. Pao Pao is not too far away the bay. Some people stop at a small road that goes all the way to Mount Tohivea with views of the 2 bays of Moorea. International flights land in the Faa'a International Airport. The tourist would take either ferry or airplane to reach Moorea. Air Tahiti would land in the Moorea Airport. Then the tourist would drive westbound toward Opunohu bay.


  1. ^ Wolanski, Eric; Delesalle, Bruno (1 January 1995). "Wind-driven upwelling in Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 40 (1): 57–66. doi:10.1016/0272-7714(95)90013-6. ISSN 0272-7714.

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Coordinates: 17°30′14″S 149°51′22″W / 17.504°S 149.856°W / -17.504; -149.856