Real Honeymoon: French Polynesia

I am a total sucker for all things Tahitian, and Parisa and Andrew’s French Polynesian honeymoon certainly did not disappoint!  Like many honeymooners, they split their time between two of the islands to keep things interesting.  Check out their gorgeous pictures and read all about their relaxing honeymoon in paradise below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

We went to French Polynesia at the end of July 2013.  We stayed on Moorea and Bora Bora.

Tahiti honeymoon

How long was your trip?

Our trip was ten days and we split our time evenly between Moorea and Bora Bora.

Tahiti honeymoon

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

We knew we wanted to go to more of an island/tropical destination since most of our prior big trips together were to Europe.  Plus, like most honeymooners, we knew we wouldn’t be as up for sight-seeing after all the wedding festivities.  We had a hard time committing to a destination for months and really waffled between French Polynesia, Thailand, and Bali.  In the end, French Polynesia seemed like the best choice because of the season and because it is just a short eight-hour flight from Los Angeles.  Also, all of our friends who had been before would not stop raving about it.

Tahiti honeymoon

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Being in such an overwhelmingly beautiful environment.  Both islands were visually stunning, but when we got to Bora Bora, we just felt like we were on another planet.  My husband was a little apprehensive about going on a trip where you primarily lay out on a beach all day, but even he had a very hard time tearing himself away when we had to come home.

Also, we were warned ahead of time that we might not find the best food on the islands and that everything would be very overpriced.  Generally, this is a pretty accurate statement.  But, we were able to find some gems on both islands.  On Moorea, we became obsessed with a lunch spot called Snack Mahana–they served some of the best seafood we had on the entire trip.  On Bora Bora, we had some great food (and the friendliest, most hilarious server) at Restaurant Fare Manuia.

Tahitian food

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

I struggled with finding an answer to this one, so I asked my husband.  His response was: “Nothing at all.”

Tahiti honeymoon

How much planning did you do in advance?  

We did some research online, and got a lot of recommendations from friends.  All in all, it didn’t take a whole lot of planning because we were able to find a great package online.  I’d definitely recommend this since a package will save you a lot over booking each aspect of the trip separately.  And, since the bigger purpose for this trip was relaxation, it was nice to not have to worry about navigating through everything on our own.

Tahiti honeymoon

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Our biggest splurge was staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, but it was so worth it.

tahiti honeymoon

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?  

Thailand? Bali? We shall see…

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