Ia Orana! That’s hello in Tahitian! And HAPPY FALL!! You’re either in panic mode because you love the heat, or buying decor you don’t need for Halloween. I am proudly the latter. Bring on the cute layering pieces and chumpkin lattes. You read that right, that’s chai + pumpkin. Best. Combo. Ever.
I thought it'd be a good idea to finally post our honeymoon! LOL. I know it was a year ago and some change, but it’s still where my mind wanders off to when I’m in need of a vacay. I’m going to want to blog my Europe trip happening next week, so I figured I might as well tell you guys about Tahiti first.
It didn't take long for us to decide on Tahiti, the ultimate honeymoon destination. Relaxation was our number one priority, so a tropical paradise sounded like the perfect escape as newlyweds. And hello, Bora FREAKING Bora. When else are you gonna have an excuse to stay in an overwater bungalow?
I had heard good things about booking trips through Costco, so I gave that a whirl when we first started planning it out. I had also looked at Tahiti.com, and they actually ended up providing an even better deal for us. For future reference, I think it's helpful to talk to travel agents that are educated and/or live in the area you're looking to travel to. My in-laws are incredibly generous and helped us out for our honeymoon (#blessed), and we'll spend a lifetime trying to thank them for the honeymoon of our dreams!!
We planned on spending 3 nights in Moorea, and 4 nights in Bora Bora. Since Tahiti is quite pricey, we weren’t able to take a lengthy honeymoon. However, we did spend a couple nights in Palm Springs at Korakia Pensione directly after our wedding. This is a Mediterranean-style resort with the most intimate setting and romantic, bohemian details. Highly recommend staying there the next time you’re in the desert! Because we had a mini-honeymoon prior to our actual honeymoon, it still felt like a long getaway. If anyone is on a budget, I’d suggest splitting up your trip and booking a local resort that you’ve always wanted to stay at before you head out of the country.
After taking a breather at Korakia for a few nights, it was time to head to LAX. Sidenote: The flight from California to French Polynesia is about 8 hours. We took Air Tahiti and had no complaints…well, besides the guy snoring in front of me. Take a red-eye flight and you’ll land with an entire day ahead of you.
First stop: Mo'orea!
The travel agents at Tahiti.com were so lovely, they set everything up for us and included sweet welcome treats such as champagne and chocolates. We stayed at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa in a gorgeous Deluxe Garden Pool Bungalow for 3 nights.
This resort was wonderful! We had a complimentary buffet breakfast every morning and our very own pool to dip in after dinner. However, we didn’t use the pool very much considering we had some of the world’s most bluest waters at our footsteps.
Some may argue that if you stay somewhere tropical for your honeymoon, it’s just a bunch of laying out and snorkeling. And it’s not true. We did plenty of excursions on Mo'orea, such as an ATV ride throughout the island and a glass bottom boat snorkeling adventure that included swimming with sharks and stingrays. Take a peek!
We were never really interested in ATV rides, but now I wish we had done it a long time ago! Felt like freakin Lara Croft and Indiana Jones riding through Jurassic Park on that thing. I included a couple pictures of an eatery we stumbled upon after we got back to the resort. We decided to wander around town for a bit and got to meet the cutest Tahitian family who owned this small business. The mother/owner made us pineapple grilled cheese and now it’s a go-to in our home as well. I bet you’ll love it too! If you’re ever in Mo'orea, click the link to try out the Lilikoi Garden Café yourself.
As for the glass bottom boat snorkeling adventure, we had a blast swimming with the baby sharks and friendly rays. Our hilarious guide made us fresh ceviche and we spent the afternoon on a private island drinking their most popular Tahitian beer, Hinano. Comparable to a Coors, but better.
Bora Bora bound!
The only time my husband was excited to board a small plane…
While Mo'orea was breathtakingly beautiful and contained a small town charm, there is truly nothing comparable to Bora Bora. We were completely floored when our boat taxi pulled up to the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort. This hotel is pure luxury, and I’m still pinching myself to this day. Was it even real? We found out later that it’s famous for hosting The Bachelorette and The Kardashians. Was it the place Kim lost her diamond earring? Probs.
We also saw Kevin Looney from Golden State Warriors during our stay, but enough about celebrities. What I’m trying to say is: we felt like we were living like them for 4 nights. Like the window glass was so clean in our overwater bungalow, that I totally ran into it and almost broke my nose. See picture below!
HAHAAA! Just some realness for you. Back to the good stuff. Check out our overwater bungalow and the resort itself!! I have no words for this perfect hideaway by the sea.
This resort included a complimentary buffet breakfast as well, one that left us full until dinner. While we did hang out at the resort almost the entire time because it was so beautiful in itself, we planned some more excursions. We did another shark and ray snorkel safari, a sunset cruise, and my personal favorite…JET SKIS!!
Another fun time I got hurt on this trip: I got stung by a wasp while riding the jet ski. Our tour guide and the rest of our group had to stop and grab ointment from a random Tahitian home. Brad had to carry me through the sand and I’m pretty sure he sprained his ankle. Ahhhh, I have the best luck. Nonetheless, still had the time of our lives.
And last by not least, you can’t visit Bora Bora without stopping by Bloody Mary’s. This is a restaurant and bar famous for it’s celebrity sitings and fun ambiance. You’ll see a lot of tourists here, but it’s a must. Even Leo approves!
And there you have it! I wouldn’t trade our honeymoon for anything. Our other options were to travel throughout Europe or head to Thailand, but there is still plenty of time for those adventures. French Polynesia is so ideal for honeymooners, and I can’t recommend it enough. We plan on visiting again for our 10 year anniversary ;)
There is still a lot to be said about this beautiful place, so please feel free to ask me any questions. I’d also be happy to give travel recommendations!