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The lagoon facing the Hilton Moorea beach offers some of the best shore snorkeling on the island. Calm and shallow, the lagoon is well suited for beginners, but advanced snorkelers will not be disappointed by its varied underwater life. Among the most colorful fish you may come across above the coral beds are, among dozens of other species, butterflyfish, angelfish and triggerfish.

Hotel Hilton Moorea lagoon snorkeling
The Hilton Moorea water bungalows seen from the lagoon.

How to go snorkeling Hilton Moorea?

This snorkeling spot is located on a section of the fringing reef bordering the northern coast of Moorea, just between Cooks Bay and Ōpūnohu Bay.

The lagoon is accessible from the beach (or directly from the overwater bungalows) for Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa guests. If you are not staying at the resort, you can buy a day pass for around $90pp., which includes lunch and use of the beach.

For a free alternative, you will find some access paths along the coastal road between Ta’ahiamanu public beach and the Hilton.

Hilton Moorea Lagoon snorkeling map

Getting into the water to snorkel Hilton Moorea’s lagoon

Enter the water from the sandy beach.

Picasso triggerfish at Hilton Moorea
The lagoon triggerfish is pretty common in the lagoon.

Hilton Moorea’s lagoon snorkeling exploration

On this spot, a coral reef shelters the lagoon, making it a safe, calm, and shallow site to explore. Nevertheless, if you plan to swim outside the recommended area, take care to stay at a safe distance from the channel that runs parallel to the shore (see map), used by boats. Also, avoid the eastern and western parts of the lagoon, exposed to currents and the open sea.

Coral reef at Hilton Moorea
The coral patches are in a variable state, covered in place by Turbinaria triquetra seaweed.

The area around the overwater bungalows, as well as the area with a high density of coral marked on the map (right to the bungalows), are the most recommended for snorkeling. The areas beneath the jetties create a shaded habitat favored by many fish species. A coral regrowth project is also located under the jetty, near the creperie (please don’t touch).

The first few meters from the beach are sandy (↕2-4ft/0.5-1m), with a few fish here and there. You need to go a little further to reach the coral areas (↕4-10ft/1-3m), with a good variety of hard and soft coral.

Tripletail wrasse
A juvenile tripletail wrasse encountered in the lagoon.

The lagoon is inhabited by a dozen species of butterflyfish, including saddle, vagabond, threadfin, and ornate butterflyfish. Convict surgeonfish, damselfish, trumpetfish, bird wrasse, and lagoon triggerfish are also amongst the many creatures that can be seen in the lagoon. Try to spot a lemonpeel angelfish, one of the most beautiful fish living on this spot.

If you want to spot orangefin anemonefish, you may find some in the dense coral area marked on the map. Several species of starfish can also be seen here, including the blue sea star, the Pacific cushion starfish, and the crown-of-thorn starfish.

Lemonpeel angelfish at Hilton Moorea lagoon - Moorea snorkeling
With its blue circle around the eye, the lemonpeel angelfish is easy to identify.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Day pass at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa includes lunch. You will find along the road several budget restaurants and “roulottes” (food trucks typical of French Polynesia). A seafront guesthouse set 200m west of the Hilton (Pension Fare Maheata) also offers direct access to the lagoon.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth3-6ft/1-1.5m
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.