Post # 1
Anyone went to Tahiti for honeymoon on points? We have enough Hilton points for 6-7 nights, thinking 3 nights in bora bora and 3 nights in Moorea… but is it a hassle to coordinate transfers? I think everyone flys out of LAX with Air Tahiti but I don’t get why they don’t have same day transfer to other islands? Do you book inter-island transfers with a separate company?
I also read food is “really expensive” on the islands. Can anyone tell me the approximate cost of breakfast / lunch at hotel and dinner outside of hotel? What about exclursion price (ie. ATV tour)?
Any tips/suggestions appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Food is expensive but you’ll have the free breakfast buffet via Hilton every morning. You might want to opt for the dinner package in Bora Bora. In Moorea, there are plenty of places on the island to eat at and they will do pick up. Dinner outside is expensive in Moorea, check out Aloo’s pizza; it was delicious and not too pricey. We also love checking out local haunts while on vacation so we ate at Roulette places and “Snack” places.
Excursions can be booked there; try to avoid the hotel concierges they will have a markup. In Moorea, Albert’s Tours has a monopoly on nearly everything. Hiro Tours also offfers very similar ones; you can contact them online first to book if you want. It’s easier to negotiate a discount with them. I would avoid the Moorea ATV tour since it was mostly “tourist shopping” with some scenic points. You can rent a car from Albert rentals and go around the island on your own.
Post # 4
Yes, you book inter island flights through another airline.
I heard from my friends that went (since I don’t leave for my honeymoon until Friday) that the food is about 100$ per person for dinner. You can opt to purchase breakfast and lunch when you book your hotel with a travel agent. My friend did this and saved a lot of money. We only booked breakfast since we wanted to do whatever we wanted for dinner.
The activities are also expensive. We are spending about 2k for our excursions. It includes the ATV tour and a catamaran sunset cruise on Moorea and a private beach dinner, circle island tour, and full day shark and sting ray feeding excursion on Bora Bora.
Post # 5
@yellowshoe: have fun!!!! our fav of those excursions was the shark and ray feeding! the rays really love “snuggling” 😉
Post # 6
@vickyness: Thanks! I can’t wait! The weather isn’t looking so good right now though 🙁
Post # 7
I would recommend that you pre-book your inter island flights now to ensure that you can get seats, and so that you don’t have to worry about exchange rates. Don’t forget to include your inter island flights on your trip insurance.
Meals are very expensive there, especially at the hotel. If you can hit some local places you may find things are not as costly.
Have a great trip!