Post # 1
This past weekend, we booked our honeymoon to the Hilton in Moorea. I cannot wait! We originally were going to stay in a garden bungalow, but those were all booked, so we had to upgrade to an overwater bungalow (darn!). Anyone ever been to Moorea or have any advice? Here are some of my questions:
- Do we need to take an outlet converter?
- How much money should budget for daily food (our breakfast is included)?
- Are they any excursions you recommend?
- Anything else you recommend?
Post # 3
Awesome! I haven’t been but we’re going on our HM to Moorea too! I can also share with you some of the things our travel agent recommended.
Apparently food is really expensive in Tahitian islands. He said that for a nice dinner, with a glass of wine or two, we should budget $150 for the two of us. And that was just for dinner. So I would probably budget $200-$250 a day? Can anyone confirm this? Of course you can probably do less if you don’t mind eating at food trucks or picking up stuff from the market and making your own lunches and dinners. Also, our TA advised us to buy any alochol we want at the Duty Free in the airport in LA and just make our own drinks instead of paying for overpriced ones at the hotel or trying to buy anything in town.
For activities, we’re going to do the shark and sting ray feeding and go swimming with the dolphins (booked with Marama Excursions). Also, our TA said Moorea is good for hiking – though I can’t give specifics on trails or exactly where to go.
Hmmm… I think that’s all I have! I hope you have a wonderful time!
Post # 4
we haven’t been yet, but we’re going bora bora for the HM.
Tahiti takes 220V, with electrical frequency of 60 Hz, so according to the folks on TripAdvisor.com forums, generally small devices, only an adapter is required and not a converter. Like your camera chargers, ipod chargers, etc.
Post # 5
We stayed at the Hilton Moorea for our honeymoon as well 🙂
You will need an adaptor, but not a converter.
Food is about $75-$100 for a simple meal. We ate mostly at the resort due to laziness. I know this is incredibly tacky (but everyone on trip advisor told me to do it!) take zip lock bags with you so you can take bread and some meat and cheese from the breakfast buffet. This way we were able to save money on lunch.Definitely check out the crepe bar at the hotel. The coolest part is watching for sharks and sting rays as you wait for your food. Which will take AT LEAST 45 minutes – an hour so be prepared.
Definitely do the ATV ride, the full day one not the half day one. Jet skies was also a good one. As well as the sting ray and shark feeding.
We ate on the resort mostly because it wasn’t very easy to walk around the island. There are no side walks, but people still did it. They also work on island time so we had a hard time of figuring out when restaurants were actually open.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the information everyone!
@RunsWithBears: I’ve heard that about the food, too. I also heard there are some great markets and food trucks right outside our resort, and I’m a big fan of that type of stuff, so I think we’ll probably try them! Great info about the alcohol, too.
@CrispyRN: Thanks! You’ll have to update us on how Bora Bora is!
@yellowshoe: I’ve heard the ATV trip is awesome…we’re definitely going to do it. I’m super pumped for the crepe bar.
Post # 7
We stayed at the Hilton for our honeymoon as well! You are going to love it! Food is expensive but it’s your honeymoon!
I don’t remember any food trucks right outside the hotel though. There is a small grocery store/market about .5 miles away from the hotel. You can walk to it. We got cheese (pre-wrapped), juice, soda, snacks and that helped out a lot. The bread was so cheap and awesome. For some reason, it stayed fresh for days as well, not like bread here where it gets hard the next day.
Breakfast: Great spread. Everything from regular breakfast foods to some lunchish items as well.
Lunch: I was the girl that shoved bread in my bag during breakfast so we would have something for lunch. I remember we split a chicken club at lunch one day and it was about $40.
Dinner: The hotel has 2 different restaurants. The one where breakfast is every morning is a little pricier/upscale than the other. Dinner will be about $100-150 total, but I thought the food was really good! Either on Mon or Tuesday, they have a dancing/BBQ buffet show. It’s about $90 a person and we never did it since it was pretty seafood heavy (DH is allergic). Plus, you can watch the show for free from a beach chair 🙂 The downside is that they close down all the restaurants so you are forced to do that or or go outside the resort.
Room service is expensive as well, I think more than the restaurants. Our last night, we ordered it and sat on the deck of our OWB. We got pizza, a hamburger, a bottle of water and a can of coke- the bill was $90! But the view was amazing!
We went out most nights to different restaurants and they will pick you up. I’m blanking on the name, Rudy’s maybe? It’s one of the popular ones. We also went to Aito which was good to. There is a pizza delivery place as well that a lot of people use. The deliver right to the front desk. Ask the hotel staff for info.
Post # 8
Oops. forgot to add some info!
We rented a scooter which was pretty fun! (we did jet skiiing and atv tour on Tahiti). We rode all over the place to all the little shops and drove up to the lookout point of Cook’s Bay. Amazing. *Wear shoes and not flip flops. I was so paranoid that I was going to fall off and lose a toe!
We went the first of Aug and it’s their winter. It will be great during the day but bring a light wrap for night. Plus, it gets dark at 5:30!! I didn’t realize that before we left!
*We brought OFF spray since I heard bugs can be a problem. I used it everyday and didn’t get one bite.
**bring cold medicine/nose spray, esp ear drops! I think b/c of the long flight over, I got an ear infection a few days into the trip so I tried to not go under water to keep it from getting worse. Towards the end, I said screw it and jumped in anyway! We went to the pharmacy and paid $30 for ear drops.
Post # 9
@Mrs. Cooper: Oooh, great information and great advice! Thanks! How long was your flight? Did you fly out of LA?
Post # 10
@tntrav44: We flew from philly to L.A. (well, philly to Atlanta to L.A.) and it was about 8 hours from L.A. The flight (Air Tahiti) over wasn’t bad at all, pretty decent food and TV in the headrest for each person. The flight home was kind of miserable- really cold (def pack a sweatshirt or something, I wore jeans and was freezing), food wasn’t that great on the way back… but that’s also when we were leaving paradise and coming home, so we were slightly depressed!