I can’t believe my husband and I have been married for five years! It seems like just yesterday we were walking down the aisle. The wedding was a huge event, and though we both enjoyed it, we were most excited about our honeymoon. Before my husband and I got engaged, I told him I wanted to honeymoon in Bora Bora. After daydreaming about overwater bungalows and crystal clear water for years, I just knew it was the perfect place for us to celebrate our first days as husband and wife. I had an idea of how expensive the trip would be, but I knew it would be worth every penny. In honor of our fifth anniversary, I decided it was time to share our dream Bora Bora honeymoon with you.
I will be honest: this is the luxury vacation to end all luxury vacations. We’ve never spent so much money on a trip and don’t think we ever will again. But if we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t hesitate one second.
How Long to Stay
A flight to the South Pacific isn’t a short trip, so if you are traveling such a distance, I recommend staying a while. It takes a day to adjust to the time difference, so I would set aside at least a week for your vacation. When you get there don’t expect a lot of action. What most people don’t tell you about a Bora Bora honeymoon is that there isn’t really much to do. If you’re looking for lavish parties and a bustling nightlife scene, this is not the destination for you. However, if you’re looking to disconnect from the real world and enjoy a few days in paradise, soaking up the sun while sipping a cocktail on the beach, Bora Bora is the perfect place.
How to Plan Your Trip to Bora Bora
When we booked our trip, I had an American Express Platinum Card®, which provides many benefits—one of which is Platinum Card Concierge service that will assist with your vacation plans. We were so thankful for Sharon Toll, our Travel Counselor, who called the resorts to request the best rooms, planned our transfers between islands, and offered us many helpful tips before our travels. Without her, we would have been flying blind.
From New York, we flew Delta Air to Los Angeles for our connecting flight to Tahiti via Air France. With my Platinum Card, we were able to get buy-one, get-one-free business class tickets, which made the trip even more enjoyable. We decided to split up our trip into segments so we could get the most out of the island experience. When we landed in Tahiti, we took a short ferry ride to the neighboring island of Moorea, where we stayed three nights at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. It was a fantastic intro to our South Pacific vacation.
The resort was amazing! The InterCon had a variety of rooms to choose from, including semi-overwater bungalows, villas, and traditional hotel rooms. Since we knew we had a bungalow reserved in Bora Bora, we chose an ocean view room to save money. The resort embraced the marine life around the island and featured a dolphin encounter and sea turtle rescue center. Because Mo’orea is a more “active” island compared to Bora Bora, we made a point to get out and explore while we were there. We went for hikes up in the mountains and dined out every night for dinner. Only one road encircles the whole island, so it’s almost impossible to get lost.
Four Seasons Bora Bora
After three days in Mo’orea, we took a short flight to Bora Bora. The hotels are situated in different parts of the island, so when you land at the airport, a boat takes you to your property. We stayed at the Four Seasons Resort, and it was breathtaking. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are known for their elegance and luxury, but I must admit, the Bora Bora resort went above and beyond. Our overwater bungalow suite was the size of a New York City apartment, complete with an oversized soaking tub, glass-bottom floor, and private deck to lounge and swim from.
What to Do In Bora Bora
As I mentioned before, there isn’t a lot of activity in Bora Bora. But when you are relaxing in paradise, sipping on cocktails, and gazing at the crystal blue water with your love by your side, what more could you ask for? We didn’t see many families, as Bora Bora caters to mostly honeymooners and couples celebrating their 25th or 30th wedding anniversaries. We did spend a lot of time enjoying the ocean, paddleboarding, and kayaking around the resort. The Four Seasons has a lagoon full of fish, and it was the perfect place to snorkel and enjoy the afternoon.
If you want to leave your resort and go into “town,” you have to take a shuttle boat that only operates twice a day: once for afternoon service and then again in the evening. There are a few shops and many restaurants to enjoy while you are there. If my memory serves me correctly, the round-trip transfer to town was around $50, so we only ventured off the resort property once for dinner during our stay.
The remote island of Bora Bora imports most goods, so everything is very costly there, including the food. Luckily, our reservation included a delicious buffet breakfast that we ate every day. To give you an idea of the average meal cost, a burger and french fries will run you around $30 each. Alcohol is also very expensive, but the less-expensive alternative is French wine because it’s subsidized.
Best Trip Ever!
After our five nights in paradise came to an end, we left Bora Bora for a flight back to Tahiti. We spent one quick night there before departing back home the next day. I’m glad we broke up the trip like we did because 10 nights in Bora Bora would have been a lot of serenity! With this itinerary, we were able to see other islands and experience more of the French Polynesian culture in other areas.
In my opinion, Bora Bora is the perfect honeymoon spot! The sunrises and sunsets are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and the water is so blue and clear it’s unlike anything you can experience elsewhere. Planning a wedding is stressful. Your honeymoon should be a time for you and your new spouse to enjoy each other without any distractions—and Bora Bora allows you to accomplish that while creating memories that will last a lifetime!
Where did you spend your honeymoon? What is your favorite memory of your trip? Share your story in the comments!