I had the privilege of helping my friend planned her dream honeymoon too Moorea & Bora Bora! Here’s what she has to say about her honeymoon:
Where did you go on your trip?
French Polynesia: We spent 3 nights on the island of Moorea and 4 nights at Bora Bora.
How did you decide on those destinations?
Often when you see pictures of “paradise” in books, magazines, calendars and you look at the fine print; you realize that you are looking at a picture of Bora Bora. We also left for our honeymoon a day after our wedding, so we wanted to go somewhere that is fairly easy to get to and where we wouldn’t experience terrible jet lag. Our priority was to find a location where we could truly maximize our honeymoon without travel weariness stealing away from the experience. Tahiti is a relatively “short” flight from LAX (8 hours) with only a 2 or 3 hour time difference from the west coast. Also, the flight patterns from LAX had us arriving in the morning to enjoy almost a full day on the island and departing in the evening so that we enjoyed our time at the beach up until an hour or two before going to the airport at sunset.
Which hotel/resort did you stay at?
We stayed at the Hilton Lagoon Resort and Spa at Moorea and the Four Seasons resort on Bora Bora.
What activities did you do?
We took advantage of the resort’s several “free” activities such as snorkeling and kayaking. We also went on an ATV tour of Moorea which took us through the heart of the island experiencing the amazingly lush landscapes along with panoramic views of air,land, and sea. On Bora Bora, swimming in both the lagoon and pools was a daily activity. We also booked a Jetski tour around the entire island which was an amazing experience. The beautiful spas provided amazing service and treatments so you could relax and unwind.
What was the highlight of your trip?
1) Staying in the beautiful overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora which had a stunning view of the water,mountain and sunsets.
2) The ATV tour on land and the Jetski tour on water was so much fun and very memorable.
3) Experiencing the clear blue water in the lagoon which was incredibly calm and warm. The unique topography of Bora Bora make it the perfect place to swim and enjoy water sports.
Any advice for anyone thinking of going on a honeymoon to French Polynesia?
The local guides recommended that “shoulder” season is the best time to visit French Polynesia. They live there year-round so they can attest that anytime is a good time to come visit, but summer tends to be dry and cooler but also very windy and the winter tends to be wetter. They recommended that April/May and October/November were the best times to come visit in terms of weather and you also can look for travel deals during this time since its not the busy season. The overwater bungalow is definitely worth the splurge even for just one night…its one of the most unique aspects of coming to French Polynesia. Bring lots of sunscreen since it is more than double the price on the island. If you stay at the Four Seasons, they do provide free sunscreen at the pool, laundry services and free bottles of water at turndown each night or available at the front desk,business center, or spa.
Any parting words?
Even if you are a seasoned traveler who does lot of their own travel research on sites like “Trip Advisor”; having Marcela be your travel agent/guide/consultant will be one of the best decisions you make when planning for an important vacation. We felt like we saved ourselves countless hours of time,stress, and money by having Marcela plan our honeymoon. She also helped advise us on which resort would fit our needs best and areas where we could save money and maximize our budget. She was also able to get us the best table at the local restaurant at Bora Bora where people book months in advance and she gave us really helpful information about activities/excursions. We were so grateful to experience all the details come together so smoothly due to Marcela’s due diligence and planning. We truly had an unforgettable and amazing honeymoon!!!