(Closed) Honeymoon- Tahiti or Hawaii??

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would choose Hawaii just because its a US state, which would uncomplicate everything. But, I’m THAT bride who trys to keep everything simple. Wink

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How much time do you have off and how often do you get to travel out of the country?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Interesting you brought it up as my Future Sister-In-Law did go to Tahiti for their honeymoon and “swing by” Hawaii for our friend’s wedding at the end of their trip. She thought about shortening Tahiti and stay longer at Hawaii but very glad she didn’t.  SHE LOVED TAHITI.  Hawaii is pretty, but still very commercial.  Tahiti is a whole different level – it’s a paradise. 

 

That being said, I think you need to ask yourself how much you are willing to pay for your honeymoon and how often do you travel out of country.  Your wedding is out on EC, I assumed you live there as well, so Hawaii would be a nice place to go to since you probably won’t go to WC that often. 

I love to travel but I don’t get to travel a lot so I would love to use the honeymoon opportunity to go somewhere I normally can’t afford to go.  That’s just me ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I went to Tahiti for my honeymoon. Thought about Hawaii but both my sisters went there on their honeymoons so I wanted to break tradition. Tahiti is amazing and a once in a lifetime trip. Even though Hawaii is still expensive, I feel like at some point I will go to Hawaii.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but if Hawaii was a stretch for your buget Tahiti will be out of your budget. We have been to both Hawaii and we went to Moorea and Bora Bora for our honeymoon recently (Tahiti is not the paradise we all think of when we hear Tahiti). We spent the same amount of time on both trips, 8 days and the Hawaii trip was 1/3 the cost of our Moorea and Bora Bora trip.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sschwartz:  I definitely vote Tahiti!!!  Normally I wouldnt go for that long a flight under 2 weeks, but sounds like this would make for a trip of a lifetime and an amazing honeymoon.  Hawaii is definity easier to get to, I’ve been there 3x now, so I think you’ll definitely make it to hawaii in the future- and its very kid friendly.  But what better excuse to go to Tahiti than a honeymoon!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper

I’m totally biased because did we Hawaii for our honeymoon and looooved it! It was amazing, and definitely didn’t feel “commercial” to me.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you priced this out? Hawaii is expensive but Tahiti is Expeeeensive. I’d chose Tahiti just because its more exotic.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I would think it ultimately comes down to what you can afford. The differences in airfare may not be enough to break any budget constraints, but see if you can afford those resorts with bungalows over the water for 10 days. If you can, it sounds like that may be what really gets you excited.

As for the differences in Hawaii, it depends on where you go. You could hit up the fancy resorts on the Kohala coast of the Big Island that might be something close to what you want to experience in Tahiti (though Kona Village Resort, the closest copy I can think of, won’t be open again until late 2013 due to tsunami damage) or you could do something completely different with bed and breakfasts or vacation rentals that allow you to explore the islands beyond the busiest tourist destinations. I haven’t been to Maui or Kauai to give you any similar resort recommendations there, but I’m sure you can find things online.

In all honesty, run the numbers and then figure out if you can afford the dream vacation abroad. If you can’t, explore the options on the various Hawaiian islands because they are all very different and see if you can recreate what you’re starting to imagine now.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@sschwartz:  Both Darling Husband and I love Hawaii, but for us it’s a common trip (this was DH’s honyemoon choice though-cheaper!). I wanted our honeymoon to be some where neither of us had been before. With that said, we both LOVED Moorea and Bora Bora. It was amazing, we kept saying we wanted to go back and Darling Husband said it was worth it! Laughing So if you have the money go for Tahiti. The flight time is only 2 hours more to Tahiti than Hawaii (from LAX). I noticed most flights from USA to Tahiti come out of LAX. Let me know if you have any questions.

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