(Closed) Bora Bora, Moorea, Fiji, Hawaii – Let me hear your rec's, bees!

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Where should we honeymoon??
    Bora Bora - since, who needs money, right? : (17 votes)
    43 %
    Moorea - still in FP, just as good as BB? : (7 votes)
    18 %
    Fiji - slightly more affordable than FP, just as lovely? : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Hawaii - definitely more financially feasible, and obviousy gorgeous : (10 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 46
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Jewelieee:  Thanks for the advice.  We would likely be doing a red eye in as well so maybe it’s better just to get to Moorea.  I think our flight home would be super late so if we did decide we wanted to check out Papeete we could do it on the way back for a few hours.  I’m working on 4 free nights at the Hilton with points so I think I can rack up another for one night..or just pay for it!  I have felt the same about FS vs St. Regis!  St. Regis was cheaper for when I looked so not sure what the deal is.  Make sure you post a review when you get back!!!  Have fun!

    Post # 47
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    Worker bee

    laurenxo91:  Moorea is full of locals which I loved. They are seriously the sweetest people you will ever meet. They’re running everything from the resorts to doing the excursions. It’s definitley more upbeat.

    Bora Bora is more secluded, relaxing and did I mention it’s PARADISE!!!!! it’s less locals running the show. They bring in people from France to work at the resorts and what not. Don’t get me wrong their nice people, but definitley not as nice as the FP people in Moorea.

    They offer very similar excursions in Moorea and Bora Bora so it’s just a matter of what you want to see at the different islands. In Moorea we did Hiro’s Lagoon Sharks & Stingrays picnic tour (Swim with the sharks and stingrays and feed them, bbq cook out, snorkleling and got to learn how to open a coconut), 4×4 Safari tour (Discover the ancient temples, botanic garden, vanilla plantation, pineapple fields, belvedere lookout) and kaykaking near our resort. We also rented a scooter for the day to ride around the island and check everything out, eating at local spots, shopping and you must do black pearl shopping πŸ˜‰  

    In Bora Bora we did the jetski tour (snorkeling & coconut show) and the Pure snorkeling by reef discovery excursion (AMAZING!!! We went to 4 locations and it was the best experience we got to swim with thousands of tropical fish, manta rays, stingrays & sharks) We also brought with us blow up pool chair & lounger and those things came in handy and were a lot of fun for relaxing near our overwater bungalow, we used them everyday we were there.

    I think the only thing we didn’t get to do that I wished we did was the Quad-ATV tours it looked like a lot of fun. The 4×4 Safari tour and ATV tour take you to see the same stuff it’s just a matter of how you want to get there.

    I hope you choose Bora Bora/Moorea you will not regret it!!!! πŸ™‚

    Post # 48
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    Worker bee

    mrscpa:  happbeetogetmarried:  

    laurenxo91:  

    Moorea:

    You can call either # it’s different guides.

    #87 86 51 73- Mr. Hotu

    #87 78 70 10- Hiro

    Just let them know what tour your interested in

    -Hiro’s Lagoon Sharks Watching & Rays Picnic Tour

    -4×4 Safari

    -Quad Tour

    -Jet Ski Tour

    Bora Bora:

    -Circle Island Tour & Lagonarium with Sharks watching & rays picnic tour #87 79 73 67

    -Quad-ATV Tour #87 77 63 63

    -4×4 Safari #87 72 01 21

    -Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery #689 764343 (Ben)

    + all other activities 24 hr hotline #87 78 70 10

    The tour guide for the Jetskis was outside our resort so we didn’t have to call, but I’m sure if you call the hotline they can direct you πŸ™‚

     

    Post # 49
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    Worker bee

    happybunny177:  MrsPiggles:  Glad to hear I’m not the only one that cried when we left  We also stayed at the Intercontinental Thalasso and LOVED it! We are wanting to go back for our 5 year anniversary as well.

    We met a few couples in Bora Bora that travel the world and they said it doesn’t get better than Bora Bora. Did you see that Jennifer Ainston recently went on her honeymoon to Bora Bora and I told my Darling Husband damn we went on a celebrity status honeymoon haha

    Post # 50
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    MelissaandKyle:  I’ve never heard of The Cook Islands! Do you mind sharing the name of resort you will be staying at?

    Post # 51
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    Newbee

    OMG… Can any of you recommend a travel agent/company? I have been researching for the past month and I get different quotes for Moorea/Bora Bora (they are all about 7 days total – is that enough for both islands?). 

    I have never used a travel agent/company and I am scared! Is that the best way to go to Bora Bora? Thank you all for the tips in advance! πŸ™‚

    Post # 52
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    Worker bee

     

    barbiebiee:  We did a lot of research on travel agents for our honeymoon to Moorea & Bora Bora. I highly recommend going through Costco they have some meals included which will save you a lot of money. I think 7 nights is enough time to visit the both islands. We spent 4 nights in Moorea and 3 nights in Bora Bora and we got to see and do a lot in that week. We stayed at the Intercontinental resort in Moorea and Intercontinental Thalasso in the overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. Very happy with both πŸ™‚

    Post # 53
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    mkgolden:  Pacific Resort!  Cook Islands is absolutely stunning… has a FP flare but much less-crowded beaches and no commercialism (no malls, sky-rise buildings, etc).  It gives more of an “island feel” if that makes sense.  Plus you can get to do a lot of the activities that are usually offered in Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji.

    Post # 54
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    barbiebiee:  Are you in Canada? I can recommend the ones we used (they’re a chain across a few provinces and specialize in South Pacific).

    Post # 55
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    yourbee1:  Hi, by any chance do you have an email address for the Pure snorkeling tour on Bora Bora? I wanted to try booking our excursions before we get there and it seems like our travel agent isn’t doing the booking for us. Or should we wait until we get there? Just worried that something like the Pure tour, which is really popular, won’t be available!

    Post # 56
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    Newbee

    yourbee1:  Wow , thank you so much! I want to do that same package but I had no idea that Costco offered it to. I will have to look into it πŸ™‚ Did it include activities as well, or only breakfast? In Moorea did you stay in an overwater bungalow, beach bungalow or regular hotel room? Any tips on what to do would be great! Thank you again πŸ™‚

    Post # 58
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    yourbee1:  lol! wow what a conidence we all stayed at thalasso. yes definitely 5 year anniversary!

    Post # 59
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    Worker bee

    Jewelieee:  http://www.reefdiscovery.pf/us/ you can go to tripadvisor to read all the reviews and see pictures. It’s an awesome tour! We booked all our tours while we were there because you get a better deal when you pay cash, but it’s totally up to you. If you decide to wait till your there to book everything just make sure you do it on the first day your there to plan everything out πŸ™‚

     barbiebee: With Costco you get the option of customizing your own package. At Moorea we didn’t get a OWB, but the room was still very nice with a private balcony and breakfast was included. In Bora Bora we got the OWB and had breakfast and a 3 course dinner included. I posted comments above with the excursions we did and the # to call direct to book the tours. It’s cheaper to book directly with the tour guide than to go through the hotel πŸ™‚ At intercontinental in Moorea they have this beautiful buffet dinner on the beach that I thought was such a cool experience. They have performances with fire and dancing so that’s something I recommend looking into πŸ™‚

    Post # 60
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    Newbee

    yourbee1:  That is awesome! It sounds amazing! I will have to look into Costco. Thank you!

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