Post # 1
Seems like brides are in their honeymoon planning phase with all the honeymoon related posts… but I’m running out of time and want to book ours SOON!
At first we wanted Fiji or Australia, but now, we’re leaning toward Bora Bora or Moorea.
Has anyone ever been there? Any suggestions on hotels/restaurants/excursions/places to see?
Any advice would be great. We haven’t booked anything yet, so this would be good timing. Thanks!!
Post # 3
Yep, we just visited Tahiti and Bora Bora in August. We were only there 10 days (-1 for travel to and -1 from travel back, so effectively 8 days) so we decided to only visit 2 islands. Maybe we’ll go back to see Moorea someday.
We went scuba diving and snorkeling, 4×4 safari and did lots of pearl shopping. You can be certified to snorkel in the ocean (vs in the calm lagoon) in 3 days. Unfortunately, my Darling Husband decided on the 3 to last day that he wanted to get certified so we ran out of time.
Otherwise, we spent a lot of time hanging out, taking it easy. We kayaked slowly around the hotel property. We also purchased a 5 day spa package which included deep sea massages. It was the best experience of my life!
We bought a lot of baguettes, cheese and jams for snacks, since the food (and everything else is really expensive), so we splurged on dinner at the Ritz Carlton’s jean george restaurant and La Villa Mahana (classic french restaurant with tasting menu)
FYI, we stayed at the Intercontinetal Tahiti and Intercontinetal Thalasso spa. You can sign up for the Ambassador card for $150, but get free upgrades at both hotels, worth thousands!
At Thalasso we got upgraded from an Emerald bungalow to a Sapphire, which was perfect for us since, Emerald was too near the beach and the water by the Diamond was too deep (I can’t swim).
Definitely a once in a lifetime expereience!
Post # 4
It sounds like you two are our honeymoon soulmates!! We’ve been looking into all those places as well. Seen a lot of different packages. Don’t think we want to do Tahiti, since it’s the most touristy of the islands– we were looking at Bora Bora and Moorea. We really want to do the overwater bungalows (we’d feel like we were missing out on something if we just stayed in a regular room)- but I’m really worried about costs. Even with the packages (which are a little steep but not totally unreasonable), I feel like the additional excursions and food will cost another fortune!! I hope you get some good responses- I’ll definitely be reading them!! Here are a few of the sites we’ve been looking at…
http://www.tahiti-islands.com/ , http://www.gotahiti.com , http://www.tahitimoons.com , http://www.tahitilegends.com
Post # 5
Agreed about tahiti and the tourists, we only stayed 12 hours in Tahiti. We basically flew in to the international airport, slept 4 hours, went to the open air market for croque monsieurs, bought some pearls and jetted to BB.
Honestly, with excursions, and (and not including pearl shopping), we were close to $13-14k. It’s definitely not cheap. And for us personally, if we couldn’t afford to stay in an overwater bungalow, we would have postponed the trip until later in our life, when we could afford it.
Post # 6
We also just came back from FP.
We only stayed in Tahiti overnight so we can traveled to the outer islands the next morning. We also didn’t eat at resorts and traveled outside for local food.
We stayed 3 nights in Rangiora @ KiaOra. If you are a serious diver, please don’t miss the dive in Tiputa Pass! By far the most incrediable dive for us… The amount of species and the size of the schools is just amazing. It sounds scary to have 20 sharks swimming around us in a circle but it was totally harmless! And when the dolphins came up to us as if they were checking to see if we were okay… my heart was beating so fast! Recommended eats: Lagoon Grill, Lei KeKe
Then we headed to Moorea for 4 nights. We stayed at Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa. If you are traveling from July – Nov. Look for this particular whale watching tour run by this guy named Harold. Our resort didn’t have a contract with this company. We had to hunt it down by asking around. They take you to where humpback whales are around – once they are spotted on the surface, They will let you , slowly, go into the ocean with mask and snorkle. The chances are you will see the mother and baby whale resurface again. Baby Whales need air more so they come up quite often. One time they came up right behind us – it was scarier than the diving with the sharks! We opted ATV ride instead of Safari. We went up to Belvedere Lookout. Beautiful view. For eats: One night we did Roulette. We walked 20 mins just to find this street food cart(van). Highly recommended by all the locals. and it was so good. Other nights we went to Le Mahongany and Le Sud. Honestly both were good but expensive. Roulette was better and cheaper!
Last island was Bora Bora. We stayed 4 nights in Bora Bora Nui. We stayed in Overwater Horizon Bunglow. It was bigger than our apt. I don’t think I’ll ever stay in a nicer room than that! We dove again but the highlight on this island was a hiking trip with an archologist /botanist. We got lucked out and had a private hike. He took us up and into the mountain. Taught us bontany, archaeology, geology and the polynesian history. I got to know survival skills and we had the most memorable picnic next to 2nd older tree in the world.(so he says) The view on top was so worth the last 15 min steep hike! Recommend eats: Rourlotte Matira! We love Roulotte. nothing beats local food – less tourisy and it does not cost an arm and leg. But you gotta be adventures to hunt them down! But our favorite – Kaina Hunt. Better than Bloody Mary!
have fun and good luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
I promise I will be getting my honeymoon recaps up soon… we went to Bora Bora, Moorea, and Rangiroa. Stayed at the Moorea Sofitel, Bora Bora Pearl, and spent our time in Rangiroa on a catamaran. We were thrilled with all 3 choices. I loved Moorea the best, Mr. T loved Rangiroa the best… but really you can’t go wrong!
Post # 8
aw this is so exciting!! thank you so much guys!!! these are great tips… Now, I just want to go tomorrow! 🙂
@ tiramisu: it’s ok!! I can’t wait to see your recaps, though… i’m sure they’ll be great!!
@sunflwr: when are you going?! we’re planning for the second week in january. those sites are great — but check out tahititravelmate.com — WONDERFUL! keep me posted on your plans…
I’m a little worried that with the excursions it will hit 13k like lilneko69 said.
Post # 9
@ nada122: Not until Oct 2009 (yes, I’m an OCD type planner- plus we’re trying to figure what the heck type of budget we’d need). I’ll check out that site- thanks for the referral! Let me know how things go and what you decide and I will too!
@ tiramisu: can’t wait to see your recaps!! I’d love to see real photos, etc instead of just the stuff on the website. If you don’t mind me asking- what was the average cost of the honeymoon? We saw a package that looks similar to where you all went- very exciting to see you had such a great time!!
Post # 10
BORA BORA BABY!! We just deceided last night that we want to go to this beautiful island for a romatic gateway! However, we are doing lots of research before hand because well this kind of trip is going to be $$$$ :S we have 10 months before the wedding and are making two budgets now 1 for the wedding and 2 for the honeymoon. I have looked at all the sites online and air tahiti nui seems afforable and so does tahiti travel mate. Any other suggestions?? from flights, hotels, to food………i heard that finding food and water at reasonible rates is unheard of
Post # 11
@tiramisu: what website did you use to book your trip? TIA!
Post # 12
definitely check tripadvisor.com recommendations; i am doing the same research for my june 2011 moorea/bora bora trip. The following websites are highly rated: tahitilegends.com, tahititravelmate.com, pacificforless.com, and costco travel….
Post # 13
@pooks75: Thanks! I know what i’ll be doing for the next few hours now. 🙂
Post # 14
I enjoyed my stay in Bora Bora. I felt like one week was enough for both of us. We don’t like to play too deeply in the water… Just like to enjoy the view and sound of the calm water is what I go for.
I’ll add Costco to the list. I just love their service, one stop shopping, and add to your cash back.
If you are sensitive to the motion, think twice about staying at OWB.
I wish I was informed that you might get sea sick by staying on the OWB (over the water bungalow). I took dramamine and still got sick during my stay and one week after I got back. I swear I felt the vibration of the waves and felt the OWB moving.
other than that, def. do Tahitan pearl shopping (and get one… I still regret this day for not getting one), helicopter tour, and bring snacks (bars, nuts, crystal light packets – food and beverages are realllllyyy expensive and getting old from hotel foods.