(Closed) Bora Bora!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi!!  We are honeymooning in the French Polynesian beginning of November!  Just paid for it all ๐Ÿ™‚  We will be staying 6nights/7days in Moorea at the Sofitel Hotel in the overwater bungalow!  So extremely excited!  We went through Islands in the Sun and got a great deal for it. 

I’ve read up on both Bora Bora and Moorea and you’re right, Moorea is suppose to have more activities than Bora Bora which is what we were looking for.  Don’t get me wrong, we love relaxing and getting pampered but I don’t know if that would hold our interest 7 days in a row!  (We did a whole week in Thailand recently, chartering to beach after beach and found that by the 3rd or 4th day we were over it…)  Some of the excursions we are looking to do is the ATV tour, Sky diving, and stingray swim.

Now it depends on how long you plan to honeymoon for because I’ve read mixed reviews about splitting up between Bora Bora and Moorea…  It’s completely up to the couple though!  Fiance and I ended up not splitting our honeymoon up because we aren’t staying that long… and on our last trip, we moved from one hotel to another and it got to be more bothersome than what we wanted on a vacation (We don’t want to have to worry about packing our stuff and traveling mid-vacation)  Good luck!  Let me know what you decide!

Post # 4
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722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vanessa7:  I’m SO jealous! I’d kill to go to bora bora!! we’re sticking to punta cana for now (I want to be semi-close to home/the states because of our 19mo daughter) but hopefully when she’s a little older, we’ll be able to take a family vaca to bora bora. Be sure to post pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Bora Bora used to be an incredible place 30 years ago, but all those over-the-water bungalows have really ruined it. It’s now an upscale tourist “mecca” with none of the traditional Tahitian charm. I personally wouldn’t go there – too much like Disneyland.

The over-the-water bungalows have destroyed the reef and cut off access to traditional fishing and gathering areas. Whereas you used to be able to walk or ride along the coast and look out at the amazing vistas of turquoise waters and nearby motus (small islands) – now the view is blocked everywhere by all these OWB resorts.

Nowhere in Polynesia did people ever live in over-the-water bungalows – it’s something that was invented to appeal to tourist fantasies. Why play into tourism marketing?

The Moorea communities have been very successful in keeping OWBs off their island – they have fought against them very hard, and point to the Bora-Bora disaster as what they’re trying to avoid for Moorea’s future. Since interisland travel is incredibly expensive, why not just enjoy all the Moorea has to offer? Ot maybe Huahine?

But wherever you do go, please consider some of the lovely pensions that are run by local Tahitian families. There are some really amazing ones, and you’re helping support a local, community-based economy. Those big resorts are all owned by offshore interests and the money you spend there mostly flows OUT of Tahiti . . .

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ms.jellen:  Thank you for saying where you got your deal from ! ๐Ÿ™‚

I too am looking for a great deal on a trip to French Polynesia , and i looked on different sites and yours seems to make a little more sense so far ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone have any other sites with great deals for French Polynesia ?

Post # 9
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2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re looking to travel there too, trying to see if Moorea and Bora Bora make as much sense as just going to Bora Bora. If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of honeymoon package did you end up getting?

Post # 10
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2269 posts
Buzzing bee

A coworker of mine complained that parts of Bora Bora have trash all over the place and that Moorea is wayyy cheaper in comparison. Don’t know how much is true.

Post # 11
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re doing a minimoon for 6 days to Curacao right after our wedding and then a longer trip to Bora Bora and Tahiti early next year.  We’re staying at the Intercontinental Thalasso – which looks incredible. I don’t know where we’re staying in Tahiti. So excited!

Post # 13
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1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@vanessa7:  We definitely enjoyed Moorea for the activities. Bora Bora was just breathtakingly beautiful!

If you get a chance to get Hilton gold status either through their credit cards or offers, its definitely worth it. We were upgraded from Garden to OWB in Moorea and from the basic OWB to a larger OWB in Bora Bora.

Post # 14
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764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@vanessa7:  Hey ! I was doing my research and I found Tahiti.com to have the best deals so far … Thank you so much for sharing !

 

Post # 16
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516 posts
Busy bee

Lucky girl!  Enjoy!

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