My dream is to go to Bora Bora or Hawaii for our honeymoon but we are on a tight budget. I love the house over the water. I live in Denver so can anyone recommend a great place for a great price at either locations?
If money is an issue, then Bora Bora is not the place to go. There are ways to save a bit by spending a few nights in the overwater bungalows and then a few nights ocean front. There are great deals to be had going out of LAX for flights and packages, but be careful of cyclone season, too. Nov-April. At 1st glance in just a standard room is $2000 for 5 nights and then add a flight from Denver International Airport. And flight is 8 hours out of LA, too and not over the water. An alternative but a bit longer to get there would be the Cook Islands. Most of the resort room will have breakfast included and transfers to save you a bit more. I found a 1bd villa at a resort for about $500 less than Bora Bora.
For your money Hawaii is great! Shorter flight but no over water bungalows. But you can find a lot of resorts with privacy, lots of exploring and beautiful ocean views. Kaua'i is beautiful but Hawaii has the volcano! Or Maui has a bit of everything, including the Hana Hwyand you can even stay a few nights in the beautiful secluded town of Hana. Most of all, it depends on what you like to do when you are on vacation, what time of year you are going and what your budget really is.
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Per person minimum getting to bora bora alone is around $1000 if you really strike a deal. Take that and lodging and you're at $5k before buying a mai tai. (And not exactly traveling in style) Whereas, On other hand, Kauai offers a relatively tropical experience, complete with a summer side and a "hippie jungle experience"
If thrift is of concern, you might find that many of the local favorite spots in kauai, don't carry with them a crazy price tag , you can vrbo homes on the island, and experience all 3 distinct sides, while crashing in tents on the west.
But seriously, the house on the water....should stay on the postcard till you can afford to enjoy it. Have fun and do kauai!!!
Key spots that we're amazing
Waimea hike, sleeping giant, west beaches (secluded for miles) hanalei markets, and horseriding in poipu.