Separating the beautiful Cook’s and Opunohu Bays, Mt. Rotui is the peak of Mt. Rotui. In a dramatic fashion, jagged sides lush with green meet at the top in an almost perfect pyramid, its rocky spur reaching 2,951 feet (900m). When clouds are behind the mountain, it almost appears as if it is a smoking volcano.
Those with a strong sense of adventure who are in top shape may choose to climb the mountain, which is extremely challenging. Ascending up the north ridge, be prepared for steep sections and spots where you must cling to vines to steady yourself. It is recommended to hire a local guide to not only help you navigate the rugged terrain, but also get permission from the land owner so you're not trespassing on private property. For your hard work, you will be rewarded with aerial views of Cook's Bay, Opunohu Bay and the surrounding mountains, villages and valleys.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Mt. Rotui is one of the best hikes on Moorea, perfect for adventure travelers.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and plenty of water; there’s very little shade along the trail.
- The hike to the top of Mt. Rotui is roughly six hours out and back.
How to Get There
The climb to the top of Mt. Rotui begins near Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and follows a ridge to the top. The best way to get there is with the help of a private guide.
When to Get There
If you want to ensure dry climbing conditions, your best time to visit is July through September, as the trail gets extremely slippery when wet. Check the weather forecast and plan your visit for a clear day when the peak is fully visible.
Best Hikes in Moorea
Moorea is a hiker’s paradise, complete with lush forests, pineapple fields, and stunning ocean views. Day hike options, besides Mt. Rotui, include the short but strenuous trek to Afareaitu Waterfalls, the half-day hike along Three Coconut Trail, or the difficult out and back hike to Mouaputa.