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1. Posted by travelgirl2280 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

My husband and I are planning to go to Tahiti for our honeymoon in the beginning of October. We already have our flight booked and will be there for 9 days and 9 nights. For most of the trip we are planning on staying in Tahiti but I found a ferry that we could take to Moorea and thought it might be fun to stay there for 2-3 nights in an overwater bungalow.

For those of you who have been to Tahiti we are looking for recommendations: Are there any must see attractions? I know that there are some famous beaches and lagoons, which ones were your favorites? How about hotels and restaurants? Someone told me 20 years ago when they visited Tahiti most of the restaurants were in people homes, is this still the case? Has anyone stayed in a overwater bungalow and have any recommendations?

Also we are wondering for the 6-7 nights we are staying on the island of Tahiti would it be better to stay in the same city the whole time or spend 3 nights on one part of the island and 3 nights on another?

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

We once stayed in Tiahura opposite the small group of Islands just inside the reef on the NW coast of Moorea (that was August 2002). There's good snorkeling there and a few restaurants (not exactly cheap - French Prices!). Three days or so there would be ideal. We hired a car for one day and did a full trip around the island - interesting but not a great deal to do out of the sea, other than a walk or two in the hills.

Snorkeling, you'll most likely see manta rays which might feed from your hand and I saw a pretty large octopus 20 metres from the shore near the over-water bungalows.

Things will have changed there in fifteen years - not sure I can recommend any restaurants other than a good pizza place in Hauru. Might not be there anymore!

3. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 192 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately Tahiti doesn't have any lagoons and the beahes, they are ok but probably not the island's best features. This website has a pretty good list to check out:

https://www.flightcentre.com.au/travel-news/destinations/top-10-beaches-in-tahiti

If you want lagoons and beaches you could do a day trip to the resort island of Tetiaroa. Resturants won't be a problem in Papeete but for cheaper food eating the local places, which does tend to be out of people's homes is a good option, though from what I hear a lot of those businesses have been drowned out by the commercial enterprises.

Tahiti is a tiny island, if you are renting a vehicle, you should have no problem visiting around without staying anywhere else. In fact you could even rent a bike and cycle around the island. I would consider doing a 4x4 tour on Tahiti, they take you into the mountains and there are beautiful valleys and waterfalls worth visiting, if you are really adventurous you could hike to Mount Aorai, but it takes about two days and is pretty rough going, but if you make it to the first shelter, there are pretty spectacular views from there. If you are into history or art Papeete has a lot of museums dedicated to these subjects, especially anything to do with Paul Gauguin, though personally I prefer the local artists.

While I can't give recommendations on the best overwater bungalow, I just hope you know, they are very expensive, just make sure you are prepared to shell out the money

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Sep-2017, at 17:11 by Teoni ]