Clairitek|1314825320|3006685 said:That area of the world is extremely gorgeous!
I haven't been to French Polynesia, but I did honeymoon in the Cook Islands (was attending a family wedding that happened to be after our wedding). Rarotonga is a great affordable alternative to those wanting to see that part of the world but not pay the premium of Bora Bora, Tahiti, etc. The people are lovely and the island is really gorgeous. You can visit other Cook Islands, too. There are a few higher end resorts and then plenty of places to stay with to-die-for views but are pretty basic (this was the kind of accomodation we stayed in, less than 100 USD a night but we sat up in bed and had a view of the lagoon, had our own hut with kitchen). We managed a two week stay with air tickets from LA for less than $3750. The air tickets were by far the most expensive part of the trip.
slg47|1314821054|3006637 said:calibali I was hoping you would chime in How did you book your trip? I really would like to go to Bora Bora for our honeymoon...the pictures just look amazing.
Bleed Burnt Orange|1314848862|3007095 said:Well...we're honeymooning in moorea. Hope it's not THAT bad. From the movie couple's retreat, bora bora looks amazing!!
ForteKitty|1314850032|3007115 said:BleedBurntOrange, Moorea's hotels are all 4*, so it might be a tad unfair to see it compared to the Four Seasons. Don't worry, You'll have a great time!
We went to Moorea last year because they had a super deal, and had a great time. Lots of activities to do! There are a lot of great little restaurants if you know which ones are good, and they all have free pickup/drop service. Just sign up w/ your hotel concierge. Try Rudy's (crab stuffed parrotfish), Le Mayflower (lobster ravioli and home made passionfruit sherbert), and La Mahogany (get the savory pastry puff thing, it's amazing). If you have any food left over, bring it back, and you can "fish" off your balcony. We had about 3 sharks circling our deck at one point because i tied over steak on a thread. (think there are pics of my trip on PS somewhere...) There's also a fantastic crepe shop really close to your hotel, can't remember the name tho. We almost never eat at hotels because we prefer local cuisine.
eta: i just realized le mayflower doesn't offer pickup/drop off service, so if you plan on renting a car one day, that would be the day to go. Or if you meet other couples, you can all share a cab! cabs were ridiculously expensive from what i remember..
calibali|1314852640|3007153 said:BBO - In no way did I mean to imply that Moorea was a bad place. Previously, the BVI were our favorite island destination and I think Moorea ranks right up there with them. It was just unfortunate that we went to Bora Bora first and were ridiculously spoiled there. I'm positive that you will have an amazing time in Moorea and you definitely will not regret the trip. We did the ATV tour there and rented some bikes for a 13 mile jaunt, but you will also want to do the shark and ray feeding (we did it in Bora Bora). It's really fun!
ForteKitty - we 100% copied you and got some fish from a local store for fishing off of our deck (using the sewing kit per your suggestion). My H had a shark and a ray swarming him, and the ray actually put the bait in his mouth. H was trying to pull him up but he let go, which was probably for the best...
Slg - The travel agency we used was Sterling Brownell. I just popped over to their site and unfortunately the agent we used doesn't work there anymore, but I'm sure if you sent them a general inquiry they would be able to find someone to help you.