Picture yourself swimming in clear warm water lagoons, listening to the palm trees swaying on the fringes of white sand beaches...Some call this heaven, Carl Felderhof, our Flight Centre travel expert from Mission Bay calls this Paradise. Carl shares his discovery of the Tahitian Islands Moorea & Bora Bora & tells us his story "Tahiti on a budget".
There are many places in the Pacific Ocean that are absolutely stunning & will truly take your breath away. The thing that makes Tahiti stand out from the rest as a pristine paradise is the backdrop of majestic hills & glittery shores. When people think of Tahiti, they first think of Bora Bora and honeymooners...and the expensive price tag. True, Tahiti is not cheap, but it’s worth every penny.
Bora Bora is stunning, & if you've seen the movie "Couples Retreat" then you'll have bit of an idea of just what to expect. If you are after bit of pampering - reside in an Over water bungalow and treat yourself to a luxurious spa & embrace the breathtaking atmosphere. Overwater bungalows are nice if you can afford them, but they are in no way a pre-requisite for a wonderful Tahitian experience. Stretch out on a towel on the glistening white sand beach & let the gentle tropical breeze wash over you, go snorkelling or dive deep into the translucent lagoons to discover a whole new marine world.
On average, it costs around $500 per person to get from the main island of Tahiti - Papeete out to Bora Bora and back. After experiencing it for myself I can definitely say It's worth every penny! Moorea Island was equally as nice & costs about tenth of the price to get from Papeete to Moorea (and back) by ferry in just one hour.
We stayed at a nice resort – just up the road from the ferry dock. Rather than eating all our meals at the resort restaurant, we wandered down to the nearest supermarche (supermarket) & bought cereal & juicy tropical fruit for breakfast, and stocked up on baguettes & aromatic French cheeses for lunches. This daily routine not only saved us money, but helped us immerse a little more into the French Polynesian way of life. Interacting with the locals was great fun too!
There is plenty to see and do in Moorea, from swimming to snorkelling with the tropical fish and setting sail. On dry land you can join one of the island tours with a local tour guide, or explore the island yourself by hiring bicycle or a motorised buggy. Make sure you head to the lookouts as the views are truly spectacular. Emerald mountains & white sandy shores will definitely take your breath away. Golf course & tennis courts are also available in the island for those guests seeking bit of friendly competition.