(Closed) Anyone honeymooning in Bora Bora?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am interested in this too 🙂  I heard that it is VERY expensive though! 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am. It’s definitely expensive but it’s once in a lifetime (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). I am going to Moorea first then going to Bora Bora last. I’ve read on several reviews to save Bora Bora for last. I’d also reco pricing it out with a few different travel agents. I personally used Pacific for Less and found that they had the best pricing and upgrades but definitely check out a few different ones so that you can get an idea for yourself. Good luck!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m interested in this too. I heard that it’s good to book last minute? That sounds a little scary though!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I’ve gotten a quote from a travel agent for about $10k for 8 nights, 5 in Moorea in a garden suite and then 3 nights in Bora Bora in an over-water bungalo…we’re still deciding if we want to go this route.  I want to surf and the waters there are very calm!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

We did not honeymoon there, but I went years ago. It was so incredible, you’ll luv it!

We stayed at Club Med who I didn’t think I’d like, bu they did a great job and we met really nice people. There is a perfect desserted little island you can boat out to called “motu  tapu”. Not sure about the spelling, but it was like something out of a dream, layiing there with the Bora Bora mountains across from you. Reallly cool.

Moorea is nice also. If you are an art fan, when you land at the capital, can’t remember the name, starts with a “p” I think. Anyway, they have the most amazing little gallery of Paul Gauguin’s work. He went there at the end of his life to work.

 

Have fun!!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are leaving for our honeymoon in 2 weeks! We’re going to Moorea for 4 days and then Bora Bora for 4 days. I love our travel agent. I shopped around, looked up prices myself, and with different travel agents and she was the best deal. It’s still not cheap, but she saved me and my friend (who I referred to her) a lot of money. Let me know if you want her contact info.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are going there! We are doing three days in Moorea and five days in bora bora. I talked to three travel agents and the best price I could find was actually at Costco! Literally over $1000 less forh te same exact hotels, room selection, even the same shuttle company.

It is VERY expensive, but I, along with PP, just keep telling myself it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.  And I can’t wait!!!!!!!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

ahhhhhh…………this is where we want to go! I’m thinking maybe only Morea and Tahiti, since Bora Bora is an extra $800 and an extra plane ride to get all the way out there.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We came back from our honeymoon to Tahiti/Moorea/Bora Bora in October.

HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended! But expensive. After shopping around with various travel agents, we booked through Costco. Stayed at the Hilton in Moorea and Bora Bora.

Recs:

Moorea. Rent a car/scooter from Albert’s rentals (he’s the cheapest on the island. Make sure you work your way up to Belvedere lookout point. You’ll have an amazing romantic view of the mountain ranges and Opunohu Bay and Cook’s Bay. There are two roads leading up; through the village area of Pao Pao or through Opunohu Bay. Take the Opunohu Bay route. We went up through Pao Pao and down Opuohu. Unfortunately the road through Pao Pao ends about 1.5 miles after the turnoff from the main island road and turns into dirt road. Not cool when we were in this tiny little car. We also went during their high season and given that it’s their rainy season, it must be a muddy mess.

Food wise, we loved finding the local joints. Snack Mahana was a fav, it is near Opunohu Bay towards the Intercontinental on the coast side. Islanders seem to not run on set time schedules as the banks would randomly be open and not. Same place with most “Snack” shops. They’re open during the day from about 11-2:30 or when the food runs out. The roulette trucks open around 5PM and go late. Highly recommended Roulette Jules and Claudine in Pao Pao. The peppercorn mahi mahi was to die for and the portionwere 2-3 times larger than the pretentious European run “high end restaurants.”

We booked the shark and ray snorkel tour through Albert’s and also did the Dolphin Apnea swim with Intercontinental. Island is worth driving around (it’s small) but best snorkeling options were right off of the Hilton. Try to get Gold status through their Visa or other options; we were booked in Garden Bungalow via Costco and I called ahead to let them know my Hilton Card number (I read on other sites that they have problem pulling up the membership) We got two levels of free upgrades in Moorea. Try to stay in OWB facing the west side since there are strong East-West trade winds that blow through.

Crepe bar at Hilton was pricey but delicious; check out the reef sharks that swim around there at night since the staff throw extra leftoevers down to feed the fish. Grab a beach bag and take some extra bread during the breakfasts so that you can snorkel and feed your fish. The hotels do have snorkel gear for you to use for free but they’re not that great. We brought out own; make sure to buy anti fog solution; we had a major problem with fogging and was glad to bring it with us. Sunscreen is extremely pricey out there; we brought two tubes and ran out since we were constantly reapplying. if you’re out there to snorkel, a rashguard is highly recommended so you don’t end up with weird tans! I spent the day snorkeling in my rashguard and sunbathed on our patio; snorkeling was snorkeling and tanning was tanning.

Good places to eat: Aloo Pizza! Delicious seared tuna pizza; neopolitan style!

BORA BORA!!

Beautiful place!!! LOVED IT! But since all the resorts are on Motus, it was a hassle to get onto the main island. We were booked in the 100’s OWB bungalows in Hilton since we had enough of the sunset views in Moorea. (Moorea sunset views are prettier!) Hilton upgraded us again in Bora Bora and we got a huge OWB with a view of Mt. Otemanu.

Food:

Moorea: free breakfast with Hilton gold and we ate at the local haunts and Rudy’s. Rudy’s was a rip off and the service was horrendous. Parrotfish that everyone raves about didn’t really knock my socks off. The crepe dessert was amazing though.

Bora Bora: We opted for the dinner package. There are two restaurants there, one is a casual one and the other is their high end one. High end one requires reservations but your meal package includes most of the entrees. The pricier ones require an additional surcharge. We left Bora Bora one day to ferry over to Vaitepe to tour the island otherwise spent most of our time on the resort.

Booked the shark/coral reef/ray snorkel in Bora Bora. Snorkeling in Bora Bora was better than Moorea; there were larger schools of fish. Water depth off of Moorea OWB was about 4 ft in the entire resort; great place to get used to snorkeling. Bora Bora was much deeper; about 10-12 feet. You can definitely skinny dip and jump off your balcony at night!!

Message me if you need more tips! 🙂

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

oh my gosh!! this has been my dream honeymoon for years now! but with all the expenses with our weddng next year..he doesn’t think we’ll be able to go! =(  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh yeah… if you learn the basic Tahitian language for “greeting” and “thank you” it goes a long way.

Ia orana = hello (used morning day and night) pronounced : “YO-lana”

Mauru’uru = thank you “MAH-loo-loo”

 

Last note… if you’re in Bora Bora Hilton, look for Tapu the pool attendant. He’ll peel and crack open coconuts for you for free!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@angie.derek.anderson: save up for it!! we got married last year in dec (hitting one year this weekend!!!) ironically in HMB (saw your tag) and we didn’t go until this sept-oct.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@vickyness: *sigh* Yeah I have a feeling we’ll have to resave after the wedding, and then save for the honeymoon! lol I was even considering canceling our wedding registries to just do the honeymoon registry on honeyfund.  Can I ask how much your trip ended up to be?

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