(Closed) Honey Moon decision Need help!! Bora Bora vs Fiji vs Turks and Caicos

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Sneakinsally:  So not to totally throw your options out of wack… what about Aruba? We went there and are already planning our next trip back. We stayed at an amazing resort, mostly did relaxing, but there are also PLENTY of acitivities to do. It’s safe also and absolutely gorgeous!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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Sneakinsally:  where are you from? Bora Bora or Fiji would be my first choice, but only because it is too expensive and far for me to vacation there normally (from central Canada).

I’ve been to both Turks and Caicos and Aruba on family vacations. They’re both common destinations to escape the winter holidays where I live, so while beautiful, they don’t hold the same exotic once-in-a-lifetime charm of Fiji or Bora Bora.

My sister honeymooned in Bora Bora. It genuinely looks like an untouched paradise.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I just came back from T&C. It is gorgeous, but there isn’t much to do activity wise on the island. Most of the worthwhile activities will involve snorkeling/scuba/snuba (depending on your level of experience) or other water excursions. The beach is amazing. Soft sand and warm water. May is more in the busier season though so it may be more crowded. 

Post # 6
578 posts
Busy bee

From what I’ve read, the beaches in Fiji are more crushed coral, not the powder white sand.

If you just want beach/water, Turks & Caicos is supposed to be incredible.

If you want the snorkelling, there is some in Turks, but it’ll be better in Bora Bora. Or, add Maldives to your list (Bora Bora vs Maldives is a super common comparison). 

Are you looking for all inclusive?<br />There are some other carribean options to check out if you are (look at TripAdvisor):

-Hermitage Bay or Jumby Bay in Antigua

-Secret Bay in Dominica

-Palm Island in the grenadines. 

It totally depends what your priorities are: Food, rooms, beach, snorkelling, activities? Feel free to PM me for questions on any (I’m not a travel agent, but I’ve probably spent 50+ hours researching different hotels to try to figure out my honeymoon).

Post # 7
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Cook islands 🙂 I believe they have direct flights from America. An unconmercialised bora bora there’s no Hilton hotels etc 

Post # 8
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We went to Fiji for 2 days on our honeymoon and like a PP stated, they are actually not known for beaches. We stayed on Denarau Island where most of the 5 star resorts/tourists are. It’s a beautiful place though.

We booked through Down Under Endeavors and they were great. They took care of transportation, and can book activities for you guys to do.

Post # 9
2567 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

FIJI!!!!!!!!  If you can afford it, it’s the best option by far.  Check out Turtle Island.

Post # 10
465 posts
Helper bee

The way I narrow down holiday destinations is to type the name of the place to Google Images and scroll through a hundred or so pics. You’ll get a feel for the location and whether it looks like what you’re after. Then go to TripAdvisor and check out the Activities rating guide. Trip Advisor has been essential for all my travelling as it takes the confronting factor out of the choices. Real people write real reviews and post real photos so you’re not chancing the photoshopped professional images used by some resorts.

I went to Fiji for my honeymoon with my ex, in 2000. It was in May also and the weather was great.  We stayed on Mana Island and thoroughly enjoyed it but it was a small island so not a lot of activites that didn’t involve water. From memory they had a tennis court and we hired kayaks. If you go to Fiji I’d strongly recommend getting off the mainland and staying on an island. It’s especially beautiful in the Yasawa group of islands up north.  You can always do day trips to other islands and they often have an option to drop you on a deserted little beach with a picnic for honeymooners.  The sand on the islands is white but not super-soft, just normal.  Most of the coral-ringed islands won’t have super-soft sand because of how much coral is close-by getting ground up.  I’m pretty spoiled though because I live near the Gold Coast in Queensland and our sand is amazing.  No coral though! 

I’ve been to the Maldives, again it was beautiful but it didn’t feel a lot different to Fiji.  I would probably recommend Fiji over the Maldives.  The Fijiian people are so lovely. 

And next month my amazing SO is taking me to my dream destination of Bora Bora. I’m incredibly excited about this because the water is so warm and the coral is some of the best in the world for snorkelling.  I think he’ll just see my snorkel going up and down the lagoon for most of the day!  It will be more expensive than Fiji though. 

My overall feeling about smaller tropical islands is that they are fantastic for walk-out snorkelling and swimming, but you’ll not have the full range of activities.  The larger the island the more activities but the less intimacy you’ll have.  They usually have kayaking and maybe you can find an island with hiking through the middle. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Do you have a budget? We were going to go to bora bora out of New Jersey and it was $15,000 just for flight and hotel. I know a few people who went there and that’s around how much they paid If not more. Food is very expensive so that must be considered as well. Would you be staying in the bungalos over the water or a hotel? You should maybe look into prices for each trip and depending on your bushet make a decision.

Post # 12
465 posts
Helper bee

If you are thinking Bora Bora, we decided to save money on our upcoming trip by booking a beach hut instead of an over-water bungalow (Le Moana Resort). That saved about 30% accomodation costs.  It cost us $9,000 for flights, transfers, breakfasts and 9 nights accomodation (7 nights on BoraBora and a night either side in Papeete). I agree with xxallurebridexx, it’s going to be a costly holiday as everything is expensive but we’re going to stock up on snacks and eat up big at the included breakfast, so we’ll just have one expensive meal a day instead of 3.  Fiji was a lot cheaper but I’m told Bora Bora is the most romantic tropical getaway you can have! 

Post # 13
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Fiji is beautiful and reasonably affordable, but make sure you go to the right areas. Denarau Island is the most popular area (with the Hilton, Sheraton and Sofitel hotels) but the beaches aren’t great. They do have excellent pools and restaurants though. The islands around Fiji are where the beautiful beaches are (Turtle Island, Treasure Island to name a few) – of course then, you don’t get the range of restaurants and pools.

We’re staying at Denarau for seven nights and doing a few day trips out to the islands for snorkeling etc. Can’t wait!

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