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9 days vacation- where?

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9 days vacation- where?

Hi travelers,

we plan trip around thge world and one stop is French polynesia. We want to spend 9 days there - is it realistic to fly from Tahiti to Bora bora for 4 days, Moorea 4 days and back to Tahiti? we want to see more places but not to be in hurry. What is the best place with water bongalows, snorcheling and breakfast? Thanks Elis

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1. Re: 9 days vacation- where?

Yes, it is realistic, there is no security check on inter-island flights so you don't need to get to the airport more than 45 minutes in advance and the flights are under 1/2 hour if you get a direct flight (going to bora bora, you may stop at Huahine 1st).

If you have a healthy budget, consider the island of Tahaa, they have lovely OW bungalows (only seen them from outside), but the snorkelling at the nearby coral gardens is to die for. We spent 2, 3 and 6 days on the different islands and enjoyed the change of scene, each island is unique.

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Thanks a lot! did you have air pass? it´s very expensive to travel between islands. Which hotel was the best for you?

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We bought the Bora Bora Pass from Air Tahiti, it cost 390 Euros, but there are other passes that may suit you better: https://www.airtahiti.com/multiisland-fares . If you buy flights individually, you will find it very expensive, so if you do more than Bora Bora & Moorea, buy a pass. Moorea is inexpensive to get to because you can take the ferry for $30 from Tahiti.

We stayed at budget accommodation because we had a one month trip, the only overwater type bungalow we stayed at was Hotel Bali Hai on Moorea, it is an older hotel and is only 3 star, but the view was amazing. On Bora Bora we stayed at the Mai Tai, another 3 star hotel, but nicer and newer than the Bali Hai. They have OW and beach bungalows, but we opted for the ocean view room. Remember to budget for excursions, they are very expensive, but the best way to experience the islands. In my opinion, it is better to stay in less expensive room types or hotels and spend your money on the excursions.

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I already bought air pass for 470EUR (5 islands), thanks for recommendation!

We booked flight 3 hours after flight from L.A. to Papeete- do you think we can take earlier flight to Moorea if it will be free or they have strict rules?

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and which excursions do you recommend on Moorea? thanks

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For Moorea, I recommend ATV Moorea for a tour into the valley and to overlooks, Moorea Lagoonarium which is a very inexpensive snorkeling excursion at beautiful and expansive coral gardens near a private motu and to stay at Hilton Moorea.

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If you go to Moorea during whale season, consider Dr. Pool's Dolphin and Wale watch, it goes 2 times per week, I think Tuesday and and Thursday. We were there end of June, which was just a week or so too early, saw lots of dolphins and did a shark and ray swim at the end of the morning, we enjoyed ourselves.

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sounds good! we will be there in November - its one of stops in our trip around the world. I hope there will be no rain:(

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