Post # 1
We reeaallyy want to go to like Moorea or Bora Bora or maybe Fiji for our honeymoon… does anyone have any tips? Been somewhere? Done lots of research? We’re looking for the overwater bungalows at least half the trip.
Any tips/suggestions, hotels, transportation, what you liked/didn’t like…. ANYTHING would be helpful.
We’re also looking for an area that can provide some activities (snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, horseback riding, etc)…. if anyone knows about where you can/can’t get stuff like that.
It just seems really hard to find out that much about prices and real quality and what’s not worth it….
Thank you =)
Post # 3
oops… not supposed to be in Venue. = Can someone please move to “Honeymoon”? Thanks!
Post # 4
I’ve been to both Fiji and the Cook Islands. Gorgeous. Everywhere in the South Pacific will be geared up for water sports… Snorkelling, kayaking, parasailing, diving, fishing etc. if you plan on staying at a big resort I would highly recommend going for one that is adults only- nothing ruins a romantic poolside dinner like 50 screaming splashing kids!
I’ve never stayed in the water front bungalows (crazy expensive) so I can’t recommend accommodation but check out Trip Advisor for hotel reviews.
Post # 5
We went to Moorea and Bora Bora for our honeymoon. We went over the holiday period so we booked 9 months in advance. We booked it that early when I noticed the flight I had been tracking sold out.
Snorkeling there was amazing. We also kayaked and sailed, not sure about horse back riding. I don’t remember seeing horse back riding as an excursion.
Overall everything is expensive there. You will be able to find a range of hotel prices depending on your budget. Food is ridiculously expensive there. So expect to spend $75-100 per person for your average meal. Despite the high cost, DH and I both felt it was worth every penny. Definitely a once in a lifetime type experience we could only do for our honeymoon. Any other time and we would just feel too guilty.
Feel free to ask me any questions.
Post # 6
Thank you for responding!!
@yellowshoe: Good to know… I think we need to book soon = I’m afraid things won’t be available and that made me realize it even more. I also had NO idea about the food prices! wow.
Bumping for more suggestions ^_^
Post # 7
We are considering the Cook Islands as they are a bit more affordable than Fiji or BoraBora– esp through Costco Travel which offers great packages. Also love the remote-ness of the CI. I think it will be a unique and special trip! We are planning 7 nights on one island, 5 nights on another. Where are you traveling from? We are leaving from Northeast (NJ) so the lenght of travel is the only think holding me back!
Post # 8
Commenting to save/bump up for more ideas!
We absolutely fell in love with Hawaii and would love to find a destination with less tourist traffic but still gorgeous and full of amazing Polynesian food and culture.
If not for our honeymoon then maybe an anniversary trip 🙂
Post # 9
We went to Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora for our honeymoon and LOVED it.
I posted trip report here: http://darcela.blogspot.com/2010/06/honeymoon-in-french-polynesia.html
Let me know if you have questions!
Post # 10
Please re-think your over-the-water bungalow idea. These are very destructive to nearshore and reef ecosystems.
Samoa and Tonga are worth considering. Lovely islands, deep culture, lots of places to explore and things to do!
Post # 11
Check out ‘Breakas resort’ in Vanuatu.. I stayed there last year and it was kid free, beautiful and reasonably priced 🙂
Post # 12
My fiance and I are going to Bora Bora for our honeymoon, because we’ve never been there. However, we just got back from Fiji two weeks ago (my cousin got married in New Zealand, and we were lucky enough to score an airfare deal that included a stop in Fiji on the way home) and OMG. It’s GORGEOUS. You’ll LOVE it. If It’s also WAY less expensive than Tahiti or Bora Bora. Also, if you scuba–Fiji is where it is at…and they still have BEAUTIFUL beaches and hotels.
Definitely get off the “mainland” if you go there. The islands around Nadi and Suva are STUNNING and totally worth the cost of the ferry ride! If you go to the Yasawas, you can even swim with manta rays!
My only caveat with Fiji is that last December Fiji experienced one of the worst cyclones in the last 20 years. Many of the hotels were badly damaged. That said, they are recovering, but as you can expect, it’s a slow process. I know the Likuliku resort (which is STUNNING and very romantic, btw…if you have a good size budget for travel–check this place out!) is set to reopen next weekend. I would assume that by September, most of the hotels will be open again. Don’t let it dissuade you, though. We had an amazing time there. I’m already trying to figure out how to get back there someday 🙂
Post # 13
@yanamari: Hi there,
I’m from Fiji (my fiance and parents still live there). I’m getting married there in July. Fiji is beautiful and affordable and i’d definitely be happy to give you feedback about the different resorts.
Post # 14
@bridey914: did you guys choose cook islands for your honeymoon?? were considering going there