I'm planning THE trip I've been waiting for my whole life. Mooreau, Bora Bora & 1 other island. Now I need help with the planning to make it the trip to die for - as I will only get one shot at doing it right. My husband is concerned whether we can do everything I hope to and I haven't even told him all of it ! But I want to do & see so much and know we'd never get there again so I want to plan everything I can.
My thoughts for Moorea were to stay at the Intercontinental Beachcomber or the Sheraton Moorea Lagoon resort & spa for maybe 4 nights?? Any thoughts to which is nicer rooms & beach? I'd like to horseback ride to Belvedere Lookout, see the vanilla & pineapple plantations, rent scooters to explore the island, snorkel Opunohu Bay (is this the best beach? or just the best for seeing tropical fish?) and spend time on a really great beach. Can I rent scooters and where do you recommend? Is 4 nights too long or 3 not long enough? Is Tiahura ranch the only riding? Any suggestions for good cheap eats? I'd rather eat less & do more.
BORA-BORA is where I've always wanted to go, so to me it's the most important island & the one I want to stay in OWB. I had thought of stying at the BB Nui Resort & Spa althought the BB Intercontinental Beachcomber is suppose to have a good location. Of course now there are newer & better resorts so the Thalasso, St Regis & 4 Seasons are in the running. I want to get the BEST OWB whereever that might be....any thoughts?? My husband says we can stay a couple nights in OWB then go to a cheaper room, so any thoughts to which hotel with both the best OWB & nice rooms would be appreciated. How many nights do you recommend on BB? I figure we'd need 7 nights ?? especially if we go to another island for the day. Can I take a day trip to Manihi either from here or Moorea? Can I take a day trip to Tikehau (I want to see the pink sand beach) from here or Moorea? Anyone know the how to's and costs?
I hope to snorkel on Matira Bay (again is this the best beach or just best for snorkeling?) I want to swim with the Manta Rays & feed the sharks....any suggestions who to go with? I'd like to horseback ride. Is Reva Reva ranch the only place? I want to do a jeep safari & explore the whole island...any co. best to book with?? Is the lagoonarium better here than Moorea or Tahiti? Where is the best place to see a polynesian show, here or on another island?? I'd love to do a Motu picnic....suggestions who to go with? I'd love to catamaran sail or sunset sail..does anyone know anything about these? How about places to eat on BB?
For our last island I thought Taha or Huahine for 2 nights. Anyone have any thoughts about preferences?
By the way we'd have to land in Tahiti before going to Moorea. Is this island worth spending a day exploring? I understand Le Marche is good for shopping and maybe a jeep safari would be better here than other places. Thoughts anyone??
I know I'm asking alot but any info I can get will help me figure what I can do & how to go about it. I also need to know when is the best time to go for the best weather. I had thought Sept. or Oct. but was told that's not the best due to rainy days. ??
Thanks to any who can give me info for my dream trip. I appreciate your help.