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is it worth it?

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is it worth it?

Help! My fiance and I are having trouble planning our honeymoon. I have done a lot of research and found my "dream honeymoon" would consist of staying at the Pearl Resort & Spa in Moorea for 3 nights in a garden pool bungalow and then hopping over to Bora Bora for 3 nights in the overwater bungalow. Well, that package is about $2000.00 over our "budget" and it didn't even include our flight to LAX, any excursions, or food & drink. Trying hard to make this work I then found another package for just Moorea Pearl right on budget (but again- not including the other expenses mentioned). So, my question: IS IT WORTH GOING ALL THE WAY OVER TO THE FP AND NOT SEE BORA BORA/AND ONLY SEEING MOOREA or should I just do what our friends suggest and go to the Caribbean to save on travel time and money?

Thanks :)

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Oh my - wow, what wonderful response to my first post! I am looking into Vahine as we speak. I like what was said about the over-commercialization, something to think about while planning our honeymoon b/c. My fiancé and I would like to have an authentic experience.

Someone asked what we activities are looking for. Well, I love to ride bikes- so getting around by a bike really sounds enjoyable. My fiancé loves the idea of just lying on the beach and looking out at the water with a beautiful view. We love eating good food at nice restaurants - not necessarily fancy but local joints where the atmosphere along with the great food creates the dinning experience. My fiancé has only been out of the country once- to Cancun, enough said. I have been to Europe a few times and I just LOVE to travel, see new places, meet new people, soak up the culture and really experience a new place. However, I think on our honeymoon we want to get away from it all, relax, and just be together (do typical honeymoon things, I suppose). A mixture of light sightseeing and just lounging around sounds like our sort of honeymoon.

Like I mentioned before, price will determine our trip. I really want to go to FP for so many reason but primarily b/c it is different and somewhere so special. He is looking more at the Caribbean b/c he is most familiar with it. So- for all of you that said you know of a few good places there- could you mention some just so I can report to him that I am not being so closed-minded :)

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p.s.- I never said "thank you" for all the good advice, tips, and opinions. All of it is appreciated and so interesting! So, Thanks Ya'll! :)

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13. Re: is it worth it?

Ia orana

Always glad to help here.

Please make sure to come and visit to write about your experience.

Bon Voyage

meherio

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Homeecrocks

I would be surprised if an experienced Tahiti specialist couldn't fit Bora Bora into your budget, including your flight to LA, unless your budget is unrealistic, which I doubt since you have already done so much research on your own. Make a chart and compare values, free meals can go a long ways.

I see what your dream honeymoon is, but check out Sofitel Hotels. You may just be able to get your dream honeymoon. Being able to go to FP is already a dream come true.

regards

bo

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For beautiful options in the Caribbean for a honeymoon check out Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. It is on its own island away from Grace Bay and the water and beach there is out of this world! The resort has a very zen feel to it. Most of the workers there are from Bali and they have an amazing Como Shambala Spa with free yoga and pilates everyday! Cap Juluca in Anguilla is also a great place, very romantic with really beautiful villas steps away from the beach! Both are quiet and lovely places if you are looking at the Caribbean.

But by all means if you can do FP do it! Hopefully you are able to fit in Bora Bora if you want to. If you like lounging around with a beautiful view- nothing (to me) tops sitting on your OWB balcony looking out at Mt Otemanu! It is so amazing and worth every penny!

Good luck!

TC

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Travcarib: Your posts constantly get me more and more excited for FP. Thx.

Bo: July. Sheraton Moorea, 1nt Garden, 5nt Horizon OWB. A dive. Te Honu Iti. Dolphin Swim. IC Thalasso, 7nt Sapphire OWB. A dive. Villa Mahana. Maybe Marama Tattoo, ATV, & Funnycat. ...is what we've got planned so far.... next trip is already dancing in my head too and would be less "luxury". I think I've already got the flu and am trying to infect my fiance. :>

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well, well luxurytrip. here is a tip to infect your fiance with the tahitian flu..........get a bobby holcomb CD and play it constantly:)

infection guaranteed:):):):

regards Bo

nice trip by the way

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Ia orana luxury

(and yes the Bobby Holcomb cd is playing in the backgroud... "Huahine".)

You are already getting on the right track like many have done before. Enjoy the best FP has to offer atfirst ( or so it seems initially ) and find even better by returning to live on the island closer tothe land and the people by finding those well kept secret prtoperties you have already read about from Barbi by example on teh site of teh old Moorea village, or Linareva or the fare Hamara.

By the third trip , your mind will want to wander to less visited island ( or atolls ) like Maupiti or Fakarava.

After while you will call one island "Home" and jump at the first airline rate special. After a few trip you would be part of our becoming famous surprise birthday bashes at Aito or fare Meherio ( that one is to come I am told ).

After 27 years of travel to FP, I still get the same pleasure to retun there and always get amazed by the beauty of he land and the people + the great food .

Try to stop by those 'smaller properties while you visit the island (get the book of Jan Prince with you as a guide.)

Enjoy

meherio

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