Northwest of Tahiti in the mountainous center of Moorea, the Col des 3 Pinus is a 2 hour hike descending to Pu’uroa. The route passes numerous marae (ancient Polynesian temple ruins).
When hiking on Moorea, be prepared for sudden heavy rainfall and subsequently muddy trails. During the rainy summer season from November to March where it can rain for many days straight. Along with the high humidity, you can expect to need plenty of bug spray.
The trailhead for the Col des 3 Pinus is located at the Belvedere Lookout summit (247m). It is accessible from the road along the north shore of Moorea.
To reach the Moorea hiking from Tahiti by air, fly into the Moorea Temae airport (MOZ). There are regular inter-island flights on Air Tahiti from capital city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti via Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) which takes about 10 minutes to go the 12 miles. The main international airlines serving Fa’a’a Airport are Air Tahiti Nui (Los Angeles), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) and Air France. To continue on to one of the many islands within French Polynesia, the inter-island airline is Air Tahiti. In addition to the regular inter-island flights, there is a daily ferry service to the east side port of Vaiare from the island of Tahiti, which takes about 45 minutes.
Overall, Col Des 3 Pinus is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 2 hikes in French Polynesia.