Continuing our drive around the island, we stopped at Les Tipaniers for some swimming. This is the highest recommended ‘budget’ hotel on the island, and from what we saw, rightfully so. (It was full when I tried to book it 3 months in advance). The beach, while not huge, is definitely one of the better ones on Moorea. It faces some motus we tried to swim to (the Lonely Planet recommends this), but the current was really strong, and the water too deep to walk. However, the water is beautiful and clear, and the current immediately in front of the hotel is not strong. Thanks for letting us use your beach, Les Tipaniers!
We did a little bit of pearl shopping, and continued driving around the island, stopping for lots of photos and some grocery shopping at Champion close to the port.