(Closed) Anyone honeymooning in Bora Bora?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 32
Hostess
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@wifegoodman: we did go over 8K… but keep in mind that we went during peak season. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 33
Member
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@vickyness: Hi there!  My Fiance and I booked our honeymoon for Bora Bora @ Hilton at the end of May…any tips as far as what’s around the hotel?  I’ve read from tripadvisor that whether we do the spa or not, we should walk up the hill for a fantastic view…any discoveries you’ve made that you can share? Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ˜€  I’m soooooo excited.

Post # 34
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211 posts
Helper bee

We vacationed there years ago.  Now, it is more accessable and affordable than when I went.  Even Livingsocial has a deal right now!!!  It is not at Bora Bora but.. hey it is beautiful there.  http://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/221986-polynesian-island-bungalow   Also check out Costco’s travel.

For those who are planning to go to FP, opt out for a meal package.  It is really expensive.  Also, pack lots of snacks and things.  ENJOY!!

Post # 35
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123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Bora Bora is beautiful and I would love to go there!!!  I might have to look into it.  Definantly worth the money, I think.  I really want one of those rooms over the water with the walk out into the crystal blue ocean…aaaaahhh.  If anyone has been to one of those, please share ๐Ÿ™‚  Any recommendations are welcome!!  You picked a good spot, just find the right package deal!!

Post # 36
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439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I booked with Tahiti Travel Mate and they were awesome. I can’t wait!

Post # 37
Hostess
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CrispyRN: CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is by far one of our most memorable trips… and Hubs and I think fondly back on it all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

-Definitely hike up to the top of the hill for the “million dollar view.” Unless you live in Hawaii, go early in the trip since our US time change makes it so that we can get up super early in Tahiti to catch the sunrise. (I noted that you’re also in SF area! So we’re about 2 hours behind FP)
-If you have the dinner meal plan, make sure to make reservations ahead of time for the Iriatai Restaurant. I’d even suggest just booking all of them and cancel if you decide to eat elsewhere. The standard included meal is at Tamure, which is awesome too but not as formal. Try to get Hilton Gold status if you don’t have it. Gold gives you Breakfast so you only have to buy the dinner package
-Drop by the cabana, they have all sorts of activities such as coconut cracking. Tapu the beach guy is awesome at cracking open coconuts for you to drink from (for free!)
-Make an appointment for them to take you out on the seacat thing… It’s pretty cool!
-Walk over to the 300’s OWB and catch the sunset out there
-If you plan on eating in Vaitepe, I think the last “free” ferry is around 3 or 4pm; anything after that you’ll have to pay a “surcharge” it’s the resort’s way of forcing you to eat on the motu. There’s a medium sized supermarket to the left of the boat dock. We picked up some snacks and goodies there to munch on in the hotel room.
-Matira Beach was pretty… there’s a hole in the wall locals joint called Snack Matira and the food there was awesome.
-Bloody Mary’s!
-Don’t book the excursions from the hotel; they’re the most expensive! I can try to find the names of the companies that we got our tours through and you can contact them directly to make bookings.
-Bring your own snorkel gear… the stuff they had at the resort wasn’t that great so we were glad we had brought our own. Anti fog gel helps A LOT!
-SUNSCREEN! – We had to restock and it was sooo freaking expensive!
Are you only staying in Bora Bora? or island hopping? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 38
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10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We booked ours with Tahiti Travel Mate also.  Allison there is amazing!!  And she will try to price match any competitors.  I would definitely shop around.  Everyone offers some sort of deal and incentive.  We are going to Moorea for 4 nights and Bora Bora for 5 nights.  Staying at the Hilton in Moorea and St. Regis in Bora Bora.  Can’t wait!!!  The overwater bungalows are supposed to be amazing!!

Did anyone swim the sharks????  I heard it’s a must do but I’m nervous!!

Post # 39
Hostess
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cupcake728: we swam with the sharks; both in Moorea and Bora Bora. Moorea was a good warm up for us since there were sting rays and reef sharks. In Bora Bora, our excursion took us out past the reef and we swam with reef sharks, some sort of other shark that I forgot the name, all the while there were large lemon sharks swimming around below us – it was awesome! The excursion also combined with sting ray feeding and petting in both islands.

Post # 40
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439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@vickyness: ok, more questions!  how did you get from Vaitape to Matira?  I was thinking of biking around the island…but that might be too ambitious for me, so maybe bike from Vaitape to Matira?  And many people say Matira beach is like the best on Bora Bora…worth making a trip there?

And did you bother getting wifi or anything at the hotel?  I am so dependent on my phone, I swear I’d get withdrawal symptoms if I had to be away from internet world lol.  I like having google maps at the palm of my hands and if I ever have a question I can just google the answer!..and well frankly, facebook. lol.

Post # 41
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737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I know I posted this in a separate thread, but I feel compelled to post it again because I know someone who is literally going into debt over all of this. Just because it’s in the movies a la “Hangover” and “Couples Retreat,” it doesn’t mean that everyone is entitled to it come what may:

I caution anyone who charges ahead with the wild bachelor/ette party in Vegas and the week-long Bora Bora honeymoon…if you cannot comfortably afford it. No one should go into debt over their wedding. It’s ludicrous.

I went to Bora Bora recently, total trip cost of 30 K. There’s just no way “pinch pennies” at a place like that. YES, it is worth the money. NO, nothing is worth going into debt.

Post # 42
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123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@cupcake728:  i’m going to the same hotels a month before. i’m not going to lie, i’m slightly terrified of swimming with the sharks!

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