We have about a week or so in November and I'm trying to decide between Fiji, French Polynesia and/or another Island. We like to snorkel, dive, sail, kitesurf/windsurf, hike, mountain bike, rock climb and sometimes even relax. We're looking for small, romantic places off the beaten track. Thanks a lot!
French Polynesia hands down. It is out of the cyclone belt so no worries there. It can be done on a budget, but not through a travel agent or Costco. Last trip I stayed 14 nights Tahiti and Moorea for less than $4500 with air, lodging, and food. This months trip I'm up to $6000 already mostly because I added Bora Bora and airfare is artificially high. Most people only go for their honeymoon because they overspend and have unrealistic expectations. Spend less and you will get more. Moorea: stay at Club Bali Hai because it is much cheaper, has kitchenettes, excellent location. Rent a car for the whole time not by the hour through Alberts (book your transfers here too). Rent the kayaks at Les Tipaniers and you can paddle to where they do the stingray & shark feeding for 1500xpf/hr vs 8600xpf PP. Eat at the roulettes like a local. Stay in Bora Bora for 3-4 nights tops, longer if you want to dive (best diving anywhere, bring only your mask and regulator) and don't do more than 3 islands in less than 10 days. Don't let anyone tell you negatives about Tahiti island. My first trip was 5 nights there and a day trip to Moorea and I fell in love with the place. All the resorts are away from Papeete so there is no 'big city feel'. Papeete is a small port city by any standards. The best part of Tahiti is your view of Moorea from your bungalow, at a much lower cost! Tons to explore on that island and I never miss staying there a couple of days. That is where you want to do your shopping and every night they set up tons of roulottes in the square and you will be stuffed for less. Use Le Truck to get around and save vs. renting a car. Air Tahiti just came out with a special for $998 starting November 24th..take advantage of it! Excellent kitesurfing on Moorea & Bora Bora too.
As a travel agent I have been very very fortunate to have been to Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands. They are all amazing and beautiful. Number one destination for honeymooners is Tahiti. The colors of the Lagoons of Bora Bora is like no other! The mountain peaks of Moorea are spectacular. Raiatea, Taha'a and Huahine are less visited but still beautiful. The main island of Tahiti is the only island with a big city feel, but still has some beautiful places to explore.
The Cook Islands have two main islands, Rarotonga which is where the International Airport is at and Aitutake which have lagoons similar to Bora Bora. The Cooks are a more affordable version of Tahiti.
Fiji has over 300 islands I have not seen all of them but the islands that I went to are all lush and beautiful. Incredible snorkeling everywhere.
All of these islands are what Hawaii used to be like when I was growing up as a child about 50 years ago! People are very friendly and warm.
They all offer tons of water and outdoor activities. Rock Climbing isn't the best because the rock formations tend to be soft and probably not the safest place. Swimming with the sharks and sting rays in Tahiti are a must do!!!
Whichever destination you choose you will not be disappointed. I have booked honeymooners and vacationers of all ages to all of these destinations and have never ever had a person come back disappointed.
If you are interested in getting a price quote send me an email at Terry@hawaiigeneralstore.net
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Do keep in mind that the Cyclone season starts in the South Pacific around November so make sure to plan accordingly. If you do book a trip in that area, please buy some kind of insurance to protect yourselves, especially if you have to cancel. Plenty of hiking and water activities for you two. If you need more suggestions, please feel free to connect with me. I, too, am a travel agent and can help guide you. Next time we go will probably include a charter boat so we can explore and sail around the different islands either around Tahiti, Cook Islands or maybe Fiji! Bula!
That depends on if you want privacy and how much you want to spend. If you want to spend a lot of money on your honeymoon, go to French Polynesia or Hawaiian Islands. If you like privacy, the Tonga Islands are very remote and especially Vava'u and Ha'apai islands. There are some very beautiful places and also whales are plentiful. We lived in Tonga for 13 years and there are some wonderful places to hideaway. We also lived in Hawaiian Islands for 21 years. For a honeymoon, try the outer islands, especially Maui or Kaua'i which are not as developed and crowded. We visited Fiji, and it is very interesting, but more fast paced than the other islands. If you want to ride the bus, you gotta jump, fast! Tonga is definitely off the beaten path and you can have a real cultural experience there for not much money. Best wishes on your honeymoon.
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