How Much is Tahiti or Fiji?

Jun 28th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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How Much is Tahiti or Fiji?

I have been looking at Tahiti or Fiji for next summer. Does anyone have a ball park figure on price for 2 in late May or early June? We would fly from LAX and probably stay 7 to 10 days. Maybe island hop. I'd like to stay in one of those over the water rooms in at least one place.

Also does anyone recommend a good travel guide of the south pacific?

Thanks!!!
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Jun 28th, 2006, 05:26 PM
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Hi Little,

I was on a business trip with the Tourism Board to Tahiti & Cook Islands a few months ago.

In answer to your question, there's no "ballpark" figure, so to speak, as it just depends on how much you want to spend and the type of accommodations you want.

There are all sorts of packages including airfare from LAX to either destination. Over the water bungalows in Tahiti will run anywhere from $500 - $1500 a night depending on the hotel. The same can be said of Fiji, although your money would go alot further.

Hope this is helpful.

Regards,

Melodie
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Jun 28th, 2006, 05:33 PM
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Thanks Melodie! Why is Fiji cheaper? We've been to Hawaii and I figured the water in Tahiti and Fiji was probably cold too, is that true? I'll keep looking around for a good deal.
Thanks again!!
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Jun 28th, 2006, 08:09 PM
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Since you are unsure exactly where you are going to go at that point you may want to consider Moon Handbooks' South Pacific by David Stanley. If you do choose French Polynesia, you may want to get his book on Tahiti. They are both very good.

While it is hard to come up with a ballpark figure (particularly in Fiji where you have lots more choices) the prices listed for the OW units are about right. Cheapest ones I know of on Bora Bora are at the Le Matai. In general, a 7 night stay in an OW bungalow will likely cost you a minimum of maybe $8000 including meals and airfare (just a guess - you might be able to swing for a bit less)

Take a look at the packages on this site:

http://tahiti-explorer.com/

or even:

www.Costco.com

Water in French Polynesia and Fiji will likely be warmer than in Hawaii as they are all closer to the equator and (at least in French Polynesia) have generally far more developed lagoons, resulting in calmer, clearer, shallower and warmer water than Hawaii has. I know when we were on Bora Bora in March of 2000 the water temp was 84. It generally maxes out in Hawaii at around 80 or so.

We love Hawaii, but French Polynesia (and the nearby and cheaper Cook Islands for that matter) make Hawaii seem plain (and that's very hard to do).

Ken
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Jun 29th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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As Ken stated, the price range for Tahiti can vary a lot depending on where you're staying. If you're going to stay at one of the "popular" hotels that everybody else stays at, and you want an overwater bungalow, it's going to run you anywhere from $6K - $10K for a week. Around there. It's going to be quite a bit more expensive than Fiji. Now if you stay at one of the cheaper hotels in Tahiti, it's going to be a lot less. Also, another option is to stay in an overwater bungalow part of the time and maybe stay in a beach or garden bungalow the rest of the time.

As Ken stated, Tahiti-explorer.com is a good travel agent as well some other ones out there. Islandspree.com is another good one that we've used before.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 04:01 PM
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Hi Little!

Why is Tahiti more expensive? For one thing, it's French!

It's also more developed and has more dollars to spend on advertising, etc., than Fiji. Hence, it's also more developed, which may not be a good thing, depending on your thinking! Tahiti got the reputation for being THE place to go for a honeymoon, while Fiji hasn't attained that reputation.

Next, it will be the Cook Islands, and they are currently gearing up their promotions; one thing being that the next Survivor will be shot there (on One Foot Island).

Since you've been to Hawaii before, it sort of follows that same path -- first Ohau was the most popular, and then people started going further out; then Maui, then Kauai and then the Big Island.

LordBal...if you haven't been there since 2000 you'd probably be shocked at the development that's taken place. I was just there in April and to my thinking the "cache" of having an over the water bungalow is missing when there's 85 of them and you can hear the couple next door's conversation!

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Melodie
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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:12 PM
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Melodie -

Yeah, I've been watching all the development from afar. They've built a WHOLE lot of bungalows since we were there and tend to think the place is overdeveloped now - adding the new Intercontinental, Thalasso, St Regis, and Bora Bora Nui (all of them very large by French Polynesian standards).

We do the Cooks nowadays - though our next tropical trip will likely be back to Kauai.

Ken
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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:17 PM
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Hi Ken,

ah, we're of the same mind so it must be true!

Yes, I thought it was very overdeveloped, and I wonder if this will turn people against the location.

And Kauai is my favorite of the Hawaiian islands, btw.

Regards,

Melodie
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Jun 30th, 2006, 06:36 AM
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Hey Ken and Melodie! Thanks for all the info. I think we'll have to wait a couple of years before we can afford any of the South Pacific. I'll bookmark all the sites you told me about though for future reference.

Ken---
If you want a fun thing to do in Kauai, then go on the zip and dip tour with Princeville adventures.
Also, if you're up to it there's an excellcent hike to a pretty beach. It's off of Ke'e Beach just look for the start of it right off the road. There's a sign and map to it.

Thanks again!
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Jun 30th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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Littlehouse -

Afraid the Zip and Dip is out for us as my wife is terrified of heights. We are more "play in the water" type people - that's why we love the South Pacific so much. Gotta love those calm, clear and shallow lagoons. Will likely be staying on the north shore of Kauai, hopefully on/near Anini Beach as it's the closest we've found in Hawaii to the conditions and atmosphere of the South Pacific - complete with a lagoon!

I DO intend to the hike from Ke'e however, so I'll keep an eye out for your beach.

By the way, you CAN do the South Pacific cheaper if you stay away from the main resorts in French Polynesia and instead stay at some of the local "mom & pop" type places. No OW bungalows but they are often on very nice beaches. Also, the Cooks are a great alternative to French Polynesia - very similar in appearance at atmosphere but much cheaper and with a wider range of prices for accomodations. It is our preferred destination and it's possible to rent nice little beachfront bungalows or houses for reasonable rates. Also, though airfare to get there (from LAX) is pricey, since the Cooks use the New Zealand dollar, Americans get a pretty good break on the exchange rate (1 NZD = 60 cents US) so dining out is fairly reasonable. Cooks are a bit cooler than FP in the winter so I'd go in April/May rather than June.

All in all a GREAT destination that's just now being discovered by Americans (most still have never heard of it - though once Survivor airs this fall I suspect that will change). Pretty easy to rent a nice little place directly the beach for $150/night or so.

I've posted LOTS of photos of the Cooks here (if you like to see what the island look like):

http://community.webshots.com/user/lordbalfor

for what it's worth, Arthur Frommer (the travel writer), in his list of the 10 most beautiful islands of the South Pacific, lists Moorea and Bora Bora (both in FP) as #1 & #2, and Rarotonga and Aitutaki (both in the Cooks) as #3 & #4. All are incredibly beautiful and exotic (much more so than Hawaii).

Melodie -

Yeah, Bora Bora is sooooooooo darned beautiful though. Truly one of the wonders of the world in my opinion. Our visit there changed my life forever and I'll never get the place out of my blood.

Ken

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Jun 30th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Thanks Ken! Tell your wife that there was people on our tour scared of heights and they liked it. They do let you go back after the 1st practice zipline if you're scared. Here's my webshots link http://community.webshots.com/user/amylittle
(Kauai and Hanakapi'ai Beach is on there). We'll have to add each other to our friends list on webshots. Click on the second link the 1st one doesn't work.

I'll check into the Cook Islands for sure. I teach school so April/May would not work for us but we'll see.
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