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Trip Report: Back from Honeymoon in Rangiroa, Moorea and Bora Bora!

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We spent our honeymoon in paradise, that's for sure! Wanted to post a trip report as there isn't always a ton of information on these islands- especially Rangi.

Flew from Seattle to LAX then on to Papeete Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui. Great airline, pretty decent seats, entertainment systems and food.

Papeete to Rangiroa. Wow! Rangi is so secluded and not inundated by tourists yet. It's in a seperate chain called the Tuamotus and is about a 45 flight from Tahiti.

Stayed 2 nights at the Kia Ora in a beach bungalow. Sooo nice! comfy beds, a/c, amazing bathroom, jucuzzi in deck, etc. The grounds are lush and wonderful! Food at the restaurant was ok. We also ate near town at Le Kai Kai which was good too. Stay away from the Rangi wine, overpriced and underdeveloped! The pool at the Kia Ora is beautiful and there is a Top Dive just down the beach- walk on the beach to get there. Snorkled the pass which can only be done in the morning. Fantastic visibility of 80 to 100 feet. Sharks, eels, barracuda, trigger fish, etc!

From there we went to Kia Ora Sauvage. It's an hour boat ride across the lagoon. You leave some bags at the Kia Ora and just take what you need. This secluded motu was so dramatically beautiful I almost cried when we pulled up to it. No electricity, beach bungalows are amazing, mosquito netted beds, sand floor bathrooms, Coleman lanterns for light. Only 12 people max and our guests didn't speak english so it was very rustic, private, amazing! We were taken to other private motus to explore, snorkled, fed sharks and lounged about enjoying the peace, quiet and beauty. 2 nights was not long enough! We will plan on 3 next time.

Boat back to Kia Ora for the day then plane to Moorea.

Stayed 4 nights at the Sheraton Moorea. This is an amazing resort. Much nicer than the IC and possibly the best location on the island. O/W bungalow had awesome views of the mountains and the horizan. Tons of fish and coral right under us for daily snorkling. Huge bathroom with claw foot tub, shower, pillow menu (oh yeah!), class top coffee table for fish viewing, 2 tiered deck, fresh water shower on lower deck, etc.

Food at the restaurant was not worth it (time or money) but the beach cafe for lunch was perfect. Top Dive is on sight. Great diving. Also rented a car for the day and drove around on our own. Perfect and relaxing. This island is incredibly beautiful. Many fantastic restaurants- Le Mahogony, Huno ito ( spelled that wrong but it means the little turtle) and Alfredo's. The spa at the Sheraton is great also!

Plane from Moorea to Bora Bora. Stayed 4 nights at the Pearl Beach in a Garden Bungalow. Really nice resort but definately not as service oriented as the others we stayed at. Our bungalow was large and really neat with a plunge pool on the deck, outside shower, A/C and 7 ft. high fence around making privacy a non issue.

We went on a Land Rover tour which was very fun and also went sailing at sunset which was beautiful. Wonderful dinner at Top Dive although the portions are very small. Also ate at Bloody Marys which we thought was like an Outback steakhouse. Not impressed! The Bamboo House was another great place!

Diving was great, saw a Manta Ray at 110 feet! And of course sharks!

All in all Bora Bora was the most touristy and "american" of the islands. We liked it but the other islands were better for us.

Truely a fantastic trip!!! We look forward to exploring more of these islands!

:)

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