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Tahiti and the South Pacific on a budget


It’s easy to spend $10,000 or more for a week on a Tahiti honeymoon. In fact on my last trip I stayed in fabulous villas at Hotel Bora Bora and Le Taha’a Private Island and Spa that run $1000 per night. Yes, they are worth it!

But what if your budget isn’t that generous? You can still enjoy Tahiti on a $4-6K budget; you just need to plan carefully.

One place to economize is by eliminating airfare to a more remote island. Moorea is a fantastic destination with wonderful beaches, fabulous views and reasonably priced overwater bungalows. And, best of all, you can get there by ferry from Tahiti! That will save most couples $6-700 right away.

Another option is to stay in a traditional hotel room rather than an overwater or beach bungalow. This will save you thousands of dollars and you’ll still enjoy 4 star resort amenities without the luxury price tag. On the other hand, I don’t recommend an overwater bungalow at a 2 star property. It’s like buying an expensive house in a lousy neighborhood. You’ll get much better value with the cheapest room at a nice resort – better beach, better pool, better service, better restaurants.

Speaking of food, food is expensive in Tahiti so your best bet is to starve… I’m kidding… a little…

There are a few options that will keep body and soul together at a reasonable price. In Papeete, Les Roulottes offers inexpensive outdoor dining along the waterfront and a number of downtown restaurants are moderately priced. On Moorea you can buy cheese and fruit at a local market or have a pizza for dinner. However be forewarned, most couples spend $180 -200 dollars per day for meals. So plan accordingly!

Remember, once you’ve taken care of transportation, food and shelter all the really great things in Tahiti are free! Fabulous beaches, romance, turquoise water, time together, tropical breezes, unlimited sunshine, snorkeling, sunsets, more time together… you get the picture!

Call me when it’s time to make your plans – Linda, your Tahiti Tiara Specialist

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