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    • Tahitian Pearls 101 Help!!

      French Polynesia Dec 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM



      So... my plan is to spend 1 full day in Tahiti, 5 days in Moorea and 5 days in Bora Bora. So - being a lady here... I love jewelry - and for the men here... I'm single so it's my own paycheck (not my "man's") so no hating ^______^


      So... here are my questions


      1- Where would be the best place to buy Tahitian pearls?  I'm interested in buying good quality dark black ones!!  I'm assuming on the main Island of Tahiti - but how readily accessible is it?  I will be staying at the Intercontinental Resort. How about Moorea/Bora Bora - any good options. I know there are pearl farms - and I know you can arrange an excursion/tour to those places - but chances are they are probably the expensive ones (contracted?). Would appreciate any advice on location for my pearly blacks!  I know there are stores that probably sell them on Moorea + BB - but quality vs price vs upmarketing for being on Bora Bora etc.


      2- How can you tell if they are legit? I know you can "bite"/rub them on your teeth and if it's not smooth, they are real - or so they say. Is there a more hygienic approach?  I suppose if they are from a store they are automatically legit... but if you buy them from a local shop/market/farm?


      3- Approximately - what price am I looking at? I know it depends on size, color, shape and the amount of "birthmarks" on the pearls... but what am I looking at? I would love to purchase nice black, round ones with little birthmarks - so maybe "good/great quality". I'm assuming buying them separately is more cost effective but you'll have to match them - shouldn't be to hard for earrings... but a necklace... OUCH. Would love a necklace!!! I'm assuming it's expensive - but wouldn't you think that's the cheapest place to buy them since they originated from there?  Again just roughly for good quality ones...


      4- Do you bargain with the sellers or not? If so how do you approach it? Also - what currency do you use?


      5- Finally - since we're on the topic of spending hard earned $$$ then feeling bad about it... any cool souvenirs/shops you've seen/can recommend. Thanks!!



      PS.  Feel free to PM me any advice/personal experiences or anyting!!!

    • BB + Moorea in April or/vs May/Travel Agency/Plane/Places to stay Help!

      by Bazal Online Now Dec 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM


      So - my mother is turning 60 next time. I'm hoping to take her to BB + Moorea as a surprise (but 2 months after her birthday - since her birthday coincides with my dive trip in march... yes bad me - but that makes it even more of a surprise). Our interests: swimming, snorkeling, adventure, boat rides, scenery. I'm 32 and I am in decent shape. My mother will be 60 and she's also is good shape (wouldn't call her a hiker though)

      Okay - so here's the deal - I need help - if you have to advice me on anything, question #1 is the MOST important because I have to choose my vacation week by the end of this week.

      1. 1 - Time Frame

      June - October - High Season and probably most $$$ so no
      December - March-ish (possibly April) = "wet season"
      I'm thinking I would like the highest chance at beautiful weather - understanding that nothing is guaranteed. So - here I'm thinking either April or May. I'm spending soooo much $$$ - I want the highest chance at great weather and a great trip (without having to pay for "high season").

      From my understanding April and November are shoulder seasons. I was thinking of doing early-mid May - does that seem reasonable/price-wise? Or is May when prices skyrocket?

      2- Travel Agencies:
      I know there's Costco - but I'm NOT sure how lenient they are to changing their set itineraries listed on their sites. Any advice on this is appreciated - please feel free to message me as well.

      3- Places to stay - May coincidence with #2
      Moorea: Garden Bungalow. Definitely would stay in Hilton Resort. I have the HH Hilton Visa - so my plan is to stay 5 nights in Moorea (have 3 free weekend nights from certificates) - so will only pay for 2 (through the agency and book 3 on my own).
      Bora Bora: ABOVE WATER BUNGALOW! This is a toughy - because the prices can be outrageous. I can tell you for a fact we would love a location with views of the Lagoon. I know Le Meridien's price point may work... BUT I've heard from people who've been there before that the water isn't crystal clear like the other locations. Any thoughts/suggestions on other places to stay?

      4- Planes - how to travel
      So... we would like to spend as much possible time in the actual locations (I understand travel can take up a lot of otherwise well spend time on the islands). We obviously have to fly out of Los Angeles - there are 2 planes that typically arrive - one in the morning and another at night. I'm think perhaps get the one that arrives at night - so we can maybe stay in Tahiti for the night (sleep?) then start our adventure to Moorea first then Bora Bora (not sure how the transfers between those Islands work). Any thoughts on this?

      5- Any must-do/must-see activities/suggestions?

      Finally - on a more selfish note - is it worth it to dive in BB/Moorea? I found a site where they have a set price and they provide full equipment (no extra baggage for me to carry)

      Any suggestions/advice is appreciated


      5 Answers Dec 8, 2016 at 10:11 AM
    • Matira Beach & Airport Transportation

      by spamiepamie Online Now Nov 30, 2015 at 9:50 AM

      I'm coming on a cruise ship in late January; thinking of taking a cab to and from Matira Beach from Vaitape. Could someone tell me about how much this would be, and if cabs are readily available at any particular place at either location? Also, do you tip? Are there any other possible ways of getting there and back? Since we're going to be on cruise ship, I assume any available Le Truck options will be limited. Will there be any minbuses for a shared ride? Also, is it possible to take a minibus or other mode of transportation other than cab to the airport and back, just as a scenic ride?

      2 Answers Nov 30, 2015 at 10:14 AM
    • Finding a minister

      by BoraBoraBound Online Now Mar 29, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      We are hoping to find a minister/associate minister who would be willing to conduct a christian ceremony with vows while we are in Bora Bora in late May. We have the legalities taken care of and even the ceremony is planned out, and all we are missing is a officiant who shares our beliefs. (which is very important to us if we can find someone). We have contacted the wedding coordinator at the Le Meridian where we are staying, but they only provide the folklore weddings and the same people who run those are the ones they are providing for a western ceremony. If anyone has any contacts (email or phone) in Bora Bora (or even Moorea, Taha'a, or Huahine) to a protestant/christian minister or any of the local churches of similar faith, I would greatly appreciate any help you can give. The catholic church will only marry Catholics and I read there used to be a Presbyterian and a Baptist church on the island but not sure what is there today and how I might contact them or find an updated phone directory/yellow pages type of information exists to be able to look up someone who we can work with. Thank you to anyone who can point me in the right direction!

      1 Answer Jun 1, 2015 at 1:11 PM
    • Money for food

      by Kumatin Online Now Jan 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      r. How much money should I bring for a 5 night stay for dinner and lunch

      3 Answers Jun 1, 2015 at 1:16 PM
    • Larissadotcom's Profile Photo

      Not on our honeymoon... boredom perhaps?

      by Larissadotcom Online Now Aug 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Hello all,
      Going to Bora Bora mid October for a few weeks. This is NOT our honeymoon but as my husband calls it "a normal vacation". We are concerned of the quiet island life and are wondering if we will be bored. We enjoy pubs, dancing, good wine & food. Will we be disappointed by the lack of night life here?

      7 Answers Aug 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM
    • Taxis tours

      by Suyojo Online Now Jul 8, 2014 at 7:05 AM

      Are there services to take you to the ferries once you are off the cruise ship?

      1 Answer Jul 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM
    • Tahita, Moorea and Bora Bora - is this possible in one week

      by weiskittel Online Now Mar 6, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      My husband and I have one week to see Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Is this possible? Or should we just stick to Tahiti and Moorea? We're arriving in PPT on a Sat. and leaving the next Sat. We have never been to the South Pacific and I don't know when or if we'll ever be back again.


      5 Answers Mar 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM
    • travel dates

      by foxrivercuda Online Now Feb 18, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Best time of year to go?

      3 Answers Feb 18, 2014 at 8:48 AM
    • Cash passports

      by joyandlil Online Now Feb 10, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      I am going to Bora Bora from the Uk and am lead to believe that I can load one of these cards with sterling and withdraw local currency from an ATM or use for purchases

      2 Answers Feb 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM
    • Cash passports

      by joyandlil Online Now Feb 10, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      Has anyone used a prepaid cash passport either to get money from an ATM or to pay for goods in Bora bora?

      1 Answer Feb 10, 2014 at 6:17 AM
    • whats it like

      by bmadsen Online Now Feb 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      what is it like in bora bora what is the 7 funnest things u did thier

      2 Answers Feb 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM
    • Is it worth the price?

      by KiaKat Online Now Dec 12, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Is staying in Bora Bora worth the cost? i could go to Paris for less.

      3 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM
    • Bora bora Pearl to Vaitape

      by diesel0031 Online Now Nov 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Hey!!! I was just curious to know how getting to Vaitape from The pearl Works? Also if buying beer in the village is there any issues bringing it back to the hotel?

      Thanks Dave

      1 Answer Nov 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM
    • I want to know about a place full of natural wonders

      by JessiLore Online Now Nov 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      I want to know about a place full of natural wonders, and I want to know what´s natural variety in Bora Bora?

      2 Answers Nov 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM
    • Taha'a or Bora Bora

      by JackCraig Online Now Oct 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      I am not sure whether to stay on Taha'a or Bora Bora.
      They both look amazing however Taha'a looks exclusive and the surrounding water looks better in some photos although it is more expensive for the hotel! Bora Bora looks like more activities and fun but just need some advice.

      1 Answer Oct 16, 2013 at 8:13 AM
    • Starwoods Credit Card best option or no?

      by jrgorelick Online Now Sep 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Trying to balance out rewards from card vs the fee (2.7%) what shoudl I do?

      Leaving on Sunday....

      4 Answers Sep 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM
    • How long is the ride from Vaitape toHilton Nui ?

      by vickyjf44 Online Now Jul 31, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      We will like to visit the Hilton Nui, we know we have to take the shuttle boat, but dont know how long will the ride take from Vaitape to Hilton Nui.
      Thanks for your reply

      3 Answers Aug 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM
    • Hilton Nui - LA to Tahiti Flight details

      by rtd101 Online Now Jul 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      We are staying at the Hilton Nui and need more info please. What does it cost to use the entertainment consoles on the Air Tahiti flight from LA to Tahiti? What is the cost of any of the in flight meals? What type of snack foods does the store on the main island have? Like chips, pretzels, cupcakes, pastries, trail mix, cookies...?? We have some mobility issues so.... What is the distance from the restaurant to the OWB 104? Has anyone had any luck confirming a specific OWB? Near which OWB is the ice machine? Are there loungers on the beach? I've read conflicting reports so.. can you or can you not empty the mini fridge and use it for your personal items, then replace the stuff before you leave to avoid being charged for it?

      2 Answers Jul 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM
    • cheapest flight.

      by mitsos19897 Online Now Jun 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Hello .. i am greek and i my dream is to go to bora bora but i dont want t spend 5K only for flight.. DO you know if i can go t bora bora from another european country .with cheaper flights? THANKS :)

      4 Answers Jul 19, 2014 at 1:46 AM
    • rsgoers's Profile Photo

      Sunset at the Royal Estate Terrace, St. Regis Hotel Bora Bora

      by rsgoers Online Now Jun 18, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Has anyone watched the sunset from the Royal Estate Terrace in Bora Bora? What is it like? Is it casual and would I be able to walk around freely and take pictures? How is the food?

    • Calling Home

      by papayaman Online Now Apr 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      How did you previous visitors to Bora Bora call Home?
      I lilve in California and have Smart Phone service with AT&T.

      I am told that our Hotel will have WiFi.

      Will Google Voice work - calling from Bora Bora to California?

      2 Answers Apr 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM
    • Virtual Tourist Flag

      by papayaman Online Now Apr 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      How do I get a Virtual Tourist Flag to take along on my vacation?

      2 Answers Apr 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM
    • Drinking Water

      by papayaman Online Now Apr 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Any guidelines on Drinking Water? Should I stick to bottled water only. Should I avoid Ice in any beverage?

      1 Answer Apr 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM
    • Electrical Plug Adaptor

      by papayaman Online Now Apr 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      What type of Electrical Plug Adaptor should I bring to Bora Bora. I have read that the Hotels provide them, but I want to bring one just in case.

      4 Answers Apr 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM
    • Excursions

      by reedbellon Online Now Mar 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Should I book excursions before I leave for the islands or should I wait and do it through my hotel?

      4 Answers Mar 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM
    • IC Le Moana OWB horizon bungalows

      by oasab Online Now Mar 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM


      Does anyone have a map with the OWB at the IC Le Moana? I would be interested on a map that shows the bungalow numbers. The ones I could find on the internet show only the bungalow disposal, but not their numbers.
      We have booked an OWB horizon, any room tips?

    • Currency exchange

      by oasab Online Now Mar 12, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      we are planning to go to Bora Bora end of July. Since we prefer to pay cash in restaurants, shops, etc, could anyone tell me where is the best to exchange our money? Should we do it in Tahiti, before arriving to the island? I am thinking maybe the exchange rate on the island is not as good.
      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Mar 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM
    • Check-In Baggage Weight Limit

      by papayaman Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Our Air Tahiti Nui flight from and to California has a one bag weight allowance of 50 lbs per passenger. The Air Tahiti Interisland flight has a check-in bag weight limit of 44 lbs. I am told that our bags will be transferred to Air Tahiti once we land in Papeete so there should be no issue going to Bora Bora if we are between 50 and 44 lbs.
      What about on the going home flight? If we are over 44 lbs when we check-in with Air Tahiti in Bora Bora, will we be penalized or does that fact that we are connecting to an International Flight give us the 50 lbs allowance with no penalty. We would like to do a little shopping in Bora Bora.

      5 Answers Mar 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM
    • Papeete Airport Procedure

      by papayaman Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      When we return home to the U.S. from Bora Bora we will of course be connecting to our U.S. flight via Papeete.
      Will our checked bags with Air Tahiti be transferred to our Air Tahiti Nui flight automatically at Papeete? We will have to check-in with Air Tahiti Nui in Papeete - will we still be in the Secure Zone or do we leave the Secure Zone to check-in at the Air Tahiti Nui Ticket counter to get our boarding passes , go through Security again and then go to our departure gate?

      2 Answers Mar 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM
    • Air Tahiti Interisland

      by papayaman Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      We are flying into Tahiti via Air Tahiti Nui and then taking Air Tahiti Interisland flight to Bora Bora. Are the carry-on restrictions for Air Tahiti (Interisland) at one bag at no more than 6.6 pounds for real? Any way to get around this?

      2 Answers Mar 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM