Post # 1
I appreciate your assistance in advance. I am trying to make a final decision for my honeymoon and I will make this short and brief.
The main question is, if we do not have a bottomless sickening money supply (kardashians), and we wish to do 5 nights in the South Pacific, what is the best way to do this? Just Moorea? Just Bora Bora? or combine both?
1. We are in our late 20’s and enjoy both the relaxation but also having some activities as an option. We are not party animals but would love to grab some drinks on one or two nights, even if its at the resort. How much do drinks typically cost?
2. There must be an overwater bungalow at some point of our trip!! Where? Specific resorts?
3. Realistically speaking, aside from flight and stay, how much spending money do you need (drinks, food, and excursions) for 5 nights.
4. Perhaps you are reading this and thinking French Polynesia is not quite the fit for us. Please advise because we were considering other options such as Cook Islands, Fiji, and even the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana).
Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
for a few more south pac islands you can consider vanuatu, fiji, cook islands, tonga, niue, tahiti – most of these resorts are owned and run by expats so the costs are on par with the aussie dollar for meals and drinks, meaning its not dirt cheap
an option to a over the water bungalow (thats costs big) could be a waterview bungalow, some give the feel of your own private beach
Post # 6
Have you considered Bali at all? Some amazing resorts and depending on what area you stay in there are some great places to go out for drinks. Tons of spas all over (and pretty cheap) and gorgeous beaches. I can give you some recos if you are interested.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t recommend going all the way to the South Pacific for only 5 nights. The flight times there and home are going to be extensive. You’ll spend almost as much time flying as you’ll spend in the destination.
The Dominican Republic is not comparable to the South Pacific. Have you considered St Lucia?
Post # 8
@mjm2012: Bali sounds amazing and was one of our top choices but we got the vibe that it was more “third worldish” than other places.. and I only use that term for lack of a better one.. I have traveled a lot and far but he hasn’t so this might be a bit much at once for him. No? Whatya think and whatya recommend for Bali?
Post # 9
@Bliss Honeymoons: You’re so right about the time frame. sigh. St. Lucia is one of the more expensive caribbean islands no?
Post # 10
I went to Tahiti and Moorea and stayed 8 nights. We stayed 2 nights in Tahiti and 6 nights in Moorea (3 in the garden bungalow with private pool and 3 nights in the overwater bungalows).
South Pacific is great if you could go longer but 5 night is still do-able. To make the most of it, don’t stay any nights in Tahiti. Just fly in and then ferry/flyto Moorea. Split up your nights so you stay in the garden bungalows and the overwater bungalows the other nights. We stayed at the Hilton Moorea and after we switched rooms we felt like it was like going to a different resort so it’s didn’t get stale. I can’t decide which room I liked better!
Bora Bora might be hard to squeeze in if you are only staying 5 nights.
I say go for it!
Post # 11
We went to Moorea and Bora Bora for our honeymoon 2 months ago. We spent 3 nights in Moorea and 4 nights in Bora Bora. It wasn’t cheap or even affordable by any means. If you only have 5 nights I would just pick one island. Moorea is cheaper than Bora Bora for accomodations. Food wise, they’re both expensive, Moorea was a little c ehaper. Expect to spend $100 a person for a standard meal. Drinks I believe were $15-$20.
Post # 12
Oops, forgot to answer your other questions.
Food/nightlife- we went outside the resort a few nights and ate at the hotel other nights. Food is expensive but awesome. It’s like going out to Ruths’ CHris steakhouse everynight. OUr breakfast was included so that helped a lot. We also walked to the market/grocery store and bought bread, cheese, snacks which was great.
Alcohol- Before we left, we bought 2 bottles of liquor duty free and then got juice/coke when we were in Moorea. We still ordered drinks with dinner and once or twice during the day, but that’s a way to keep costs down. Mixed drinks from the hotel were $15-20. Beers a little cheaper.
They had kayaks and snorkeling gear free from the hotel. We rented jet skis and an ATV and it was about $400 total.
Totally worth it though!
Post # 13
@lawstudentbride23: I was there last spring with a girlfriend and I can see how/why people would say that. once you leave the hotels/resorts and go into the country it definitely gets that way. I stayed in Nusa Dua which is an enclave of resorts that most people don’t really leave and then stayed in Seminyak which has great shopping and restaurants. Ubud is popular for it’s big open air markets but to get there you go through some pretty sad looking shanty towns. Some of the resorts are absolutely stunning (Oberoi, Bulgari) and completely honeymoon worthy, you may just see some of the poorer parts of the country when you go on excursions.
Post # 14
@lawstudentbride23: Bali is no more thirdworldish than parts of fiji, thailand, vietnam, vanuatu, cook islands, tonga etc.
In fact I wouldn’t call it thirwordish at all. A different way of living sure but they have sanitation and accessible medical care etc. I have seen worse parts of LA than in Bali!
Post # 15
Exactly. Bali and the surrounding areas do luxury just fine! I’ll bet Moorea etc are just as thirdworld once you’re outside of the resort!
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