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Island indecision

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Island indecision

Finally, going to experience the society islands :) In May we'll be going to Moorea and Bora Bora. Now we have to choose Huhaine, (if my husband gets his way) OR Tikehau, if I get mine. I was willing to compromise and see Rangiroa but he wouldn't go for it.

He feels there will be nobody there & nothing to do in the tomotu islands, that most people go to Huhaine, less crowded but still SOME people and we can see more & do more there.

I love beaches & yearn to see the aquamarine colored water I see on calendar pic's. I'm sure there will be some activity on Tikehau & Rangiroa plus they have pink sand! We both love to swim but do not dive and he's telling me that is all there is to do in the tomotu's.

Can anyone help us decide? Which would you choose to see?

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1. Re: Island indecision

Nice to have such tough choices to make, huh? We've been to Moorea and are going to spend 2 weeks on Bora Bora later this year. We're also trying to decide where else to go for a 3rd week. I've narrowed it down to Huahine and Fakareva (Raimiti). We don't dive but love to snorkel. Huahine seems to have lots of great beach options as well as places on motus, but also other things to see and do besides snorkeling.

We also are thinking Raimiti because we stayed at the owner's Moorea property (Linareva) and loved it there. The Raimiti property is an 'all inclusive' thing and includes all meals and daily excursions to places like the pink sand beaches. But it is kind of expensive, and airfare to there is pricey, too, but from all I've read, very worth it.

Good luck making your decision. I'm sure you'll enjoy where ever you end up!

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2. Re: Island indecision

Both the Sheraton and Sofitel have lovely beaches. If you want a beach front bungalow, the Sofitel has a number of bungalows in the "deluxe" beachfront category with unobstructed views of Tahiti. The Sheraton beachfront bungalows look out at the overwaters. The Sheraton deluxe garden bungalows are a bargin, because you will save some money while having access to a gorgeous beach just a short walk away.

If your plans are flexible and you have not finalized your inter-island flights, some hotels on Bora Bora may be offering a "stay 5 nights and pay 4 nights". Perhaps you might shorten your stay on Moorea.

I'm sure that from your study of this site, that you must have seen the many itinery and hotel opinions of travelers. A tahitian travel expert agent would be the person to contact for the most current offers to make your stay most enjoyable.

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Oops, meant to reply to another post above.

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5. Re: Island indecision

Ia orana

Ditto to Hummingbird's advice for Raimiti on the Atoll of Fakarava

more secluded, less people around and that pink sand beach for thos million dollar photos..

www.raimiti.com

Hope this helps

meherio

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6. Re: Island indecision

Hi Lady:

There is alot to do in Rangiroa and very little to do in Tikehau except enjoy the pink sands and maybe tour the village. In Rangiroa there are the beaches you seek PLUS there is a real working Pearl Farm, an actual Winery you can tour, or taste in the 'cave', there are two small villages, you can rent a car for 1/2 day to explore and see the Tiputa Pass and watch dolphins in the surf at sunset (have dinner at Relais Josephine pension right on the pass as well), go on the Pink Sand tour (incredible!), see the polynesian dance show at the Kia Ora, and just simply relax. We were there in late November (our second time) and never got bored. Tikehau is incredibly beautiful with endless pink sandy beaches and fantastic snorkeling, but there is little to do except a lagoon tour/snorkel trip, dive or spend the afternoon in the village. Who needs to be busy here?

The beauty that surrounds you is enough.

Huahine, I have visited many many times and it is one of my favorite places. The island itself does have a fair bit to do with regard to seeing it via 4X4 (many many archeological sites), hiking, and lots of vistas. There are many authentic villages but little to do but drive through them, or maybe visit a school or church. The main village of Fare is quite small with a few shops, restaurants, car rental, and a big grocery store. The drive around the island itself is picturesque and you can stop by for a Pearl Farm tour or Vanilla Bean plantation. It is a quiet authentic island with the friendliest people you will ever encounter. It is where the people live.........

sunny regards,

shully

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