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Length of stay in Bora

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Length of stay in Bora


We are planning our honeymoon from NYC to Bora Bora. We are considering stopping in California on the way over for a few days to see a few sites along the beach.

How long would you recommend staying in Bora Bora and is it too much to plan a few days in Cali?

We have about 2 weeks to spare .

Thank you!

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1. Re: Length of stay in Bora

If you have 2 weeks I would spend as much of it as possible in French Polynesia.

You might want to spend a day or two in LA on your way there or back....but honestly...why hang around LA when you can be in French Polynesia???

I would stay a minumum of 4 days and probably a max of 7 on Bora Bora. You have more than enough time to visit one or two other islands. Moorea is the one most often paired with Bora. But you could also include a stay on Taha'a, or Huahine, or head out to the Tuamotus for stay on Tikihau would be spectacular.

Depending on your flights, you may have to spend the first night or the last on Tahiti in order to catch your connections to the outer islands.

When do you plan to go and what is your budget?

Edited: 27 August 2010, 03:45
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2. Re: Length of stay in Bora

Hi there,

Happy to help! I think it's a nice idea to spend a couple days in California prior to visiting French Polynesia. This will help to break your trip up alittle.

Most travelers who go to Bora Bora spend about 4-6 days and use the remainder of their time to see another island. Since you are traveling so far, you might as well get a real sense of what the islands have to offer. Adding Moorea for a few days would give you a very well rounded trip. The island of Moorea is quite picturesque and there is alot to see on the island itself. The beaches are also lovely. Bora Bora is all about the lagoon and the azure aqua blue waters that surround the lagoon. Water activities are the main draw here. Bora Bora is a truly quiet relaxing romantic destination.

There are a wide variety of accomodations available in Tahiti. From small family run pensions to five star elegance. Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora are a dream come true. Many people stay in a garden or beach bungalow on another island to save alittle $ and then splurge in Bora Bora. Budgets can run the gambit, so researching your options with regard to location, amenities, beach, overall star value etc is advisable.

You may wish to read back on this forum for tons of information on the various resorts and traveler experiences. Many people have posted their trip reports here as well. You can also visit the official Tahiti Tourism website to get an idea of package costs and to find a certified Specialist in your area who can help to customize your trip to suit your taste and budget.


Hope this helps some!

sunny regards,


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3. Re: Length of stay in Bora

Having been to both, and LA many times, I recommend ( in reverse order to do the following)

5-7 days Bora Bora - (I love the IC Thalasso. You won't want to leave)

2 days Moorea so you can swim with Dolphins

1 day max in Tahiti (shop at the market for cheap stuff. HIGLY Negotiable prices!!)

3 days in LA. (lots to do, but very different than French Polynesia). Stay in Beverly Hills, if you have the money. Peninsula is the best and walking distance to Rodeo Drive)

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