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 $$$ then feeling bad about it... any cool souvenirs/shops you've seen/can recommend. Thanks!!
PS. Feel free to PM me any advice/personal experiences or anyting!!!
So - my mother is turning 60 next time. I'm hoping to take her to BB + Moorea as a surprise (but 2 months after her birthday - since her birthday coincides with my dive trip in march... yes bad me - but that makes it even more of a surprise). Our interests: swimming, snorkeling, adventure, boat rides, scenery. I'm 32 and I am in decent shape. My mother will be 60 and she's also is good shape (wouldn't call her a hiker though)
Okay - so here's the deal - I need help - if you have to advice me on anything, question #1 is the MOST important because I have to choose my vacation week by the end of this week.
- 1 - Time Frame
June - October - High Season and probably most $$$ 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
We are considering a few days stay at the Royal Huahine hotel and wondered if there is any possibility of a day trip to Bora Bora by boat or plane. Any suggestions would be welcome
Some people had told me of very pleasant French Pacific Islands that are accessible only by boat or ship in which life there would be good for a visitor. They were reluctant to name the Islands - which did not seem very generous. Have any of you visited any of these and can name 1 or 2 that you like. Thank you for any help you can offer.
I have 8 nights, 2 in Papetee, 3 in Moorea, and 3 in Bora Bora. I will arrive the 27th february. I am not interested in bathson, or staying more than a couple of hours in the beach.
Please, which are the best places to see the people living in the islands (we speak french),... which are the best trips to enjoy nature... To go around each island is better to rent a car, o to pay a taxi driver...?
I will be very grateful about your advice!
I spending my Holidays on Moorea since 2 months ago now..
Is anyone knows any Hungarian people here around in French Polynesia?
Does anyone know if there is an ATM in Rotoava, Fakarava, or anywhere on the atoll of Fakarava? We're visiting on a cruise ship, and while I don't think I'll need many French Polynesian Francs, I would like to be able to get a small amount.
Also, if anyone has been there on a cruise, I'd be interested to see if any excursions were offered at the tender pier there.
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?
IS overnight parking available for a rental car at the cruise port?
IS there overnight parking for rental cars?
We are traveling to Moorea in Sept 2015. We heard the coral reef is dead due to Oli cyclone and a predator starfish. Is this true?
Also, we'd like diving company recommendations. I've read mixed reviews on TOP Dive.
Are there great beaches near Papeete or on Tahiti? Should we take a day trip (ferry) to Moorea?
We are looking to get married in Moorea Tahiti the week of April 20th to 28th 2015 at our rental home, looking for a Universal Life minister, officiant, or similar to preform a simple service at our location and photographer please reply to my email Tahoegirl007@gmail.com Extra special day for us and I want to make it memorable, we are NOT interested in the Traditional Tahitian Style Wedding.
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!
My fiance and I are interested in having our honeymoon in the French Polynesia area. He's especially interested in Tahiti, though the expense concerns me. He's got his heart set on staying in an over water bungalow, and he's more of the loungey lazy, "soak in the scenery" type. I'd like to also incorporate a fair amount of photography, and site seeing - I love cool architecture and different shopping areas. I like to be in the midst of the more authentic areas (at least for some of my site seeing)
Money is a concern. We will be flying out of the washington DC area - I know this will be an expensive trip, however, are there some places that offer this mixture for a better cost than others?
I'd really like to get your opinions!!
Do they have grocery stores all over Moorea so you can cook for yourself?
r. How much money should I bring for a 5 night stay for dinner and lunch
Do you know of some car rentals in Nuku Hiva who would meet us at the dock
with the vehicle? We had a 4WD rented, but since the cruise line changed the itinerary,
I haven't been able to contact the company to change our date. I wonder if it being Jan 1,
2015, makes any difference. Thank you for helping.
I am planning a trip to Bora Bora and Papeete with my husband in January.
How is the weather there in January? Should we go somewhere else instead, because of possible rain?
January is the best time for us and Tahiti is a dream!
What was your impression of the island, where did you stay and what did you do?
best place to pick up the jungle strength mosquito repellent?
Can we take chips, crackers, cheese, biscuits into Tahiti? Also what about cans of soft drink?
Is there anything else people have taken in?
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?
We are arriving in Papeete on September 10th and have a morning tour. Is there a close beach to the cruise terminal that we could take a taxi to in the afternoon? What would be the cost? The ship leaves at 18:00. Thank you.
What is the best way to get from the airport to the Radisson Tahiti? I'm not sure if renting a car is better than getting a taxi or limo etc. Thank you.
I have been receiving conflicting information regarding how long it takes to travel from Papeete to Moorea. If we take a ferry, how long does it take? Is there other mode of transportation to Moorea (ie. faster boat) and what would that cost and how long would that take? Thanks for your help!
Are there services to take you to the ferries once you are off the cruise ship?
what foods are you allowed to bring into tahiti
Hi I was wondering what the cheapest way is to get from Faaa airport to Papara.
Im planning a quick 3 night stop over trip. The accomodation I'm most likely to book offer a shuttle service for 6000XPF each way per person. This sounds quite pricey to me as the ride is only half an hour.
Could someone please let me know what the cheapest way is to get to Papara?
Are Hawaiian Shirts OK to wear during our stay in Moorea and Bora Bora?
If not , any suggestions would be most appreciated.