The trip you planned to Tahiti was fantastic!

April 21, 2016

My Guests just returned from an amazing trip we planned to Tahiti - here is their lovely letter:

Teresa,
We wanted to give you a summary of our Tahiti trip.  In a word, just fabulous.  We have never taken such a purely luxury, relaxing type of vacation in the past and it was an absolute delight.

The island of Tahiti: The Intercontinental Tahiti Resort in Papeete, despite being fabulous was the weakest of the three resorts we visited.  Gorgeous view, great room but the only real problem was that the food was not particularly good and actually the most expensive of the three places that we stayed.  We actually ate canned fruit from the buffet table.  Once we started eating from the ala carte menu, it got much better.  The 4 x 4 Mountain Safari trip into the interior of the island was a great trip, the guide was very interested in telling us about life in Tahiti and I would recommend the excursion to anyone who wants off the beaten path.

Moorea was beautiful and I’m glad we chose it as one of our islands.  The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort was outstanding and the water was sufficiently shallow that we were able to snorkel off the beach.  There were actually several small outcroppings of coral with many many colorful fish about thirty feet from the shore.  Debby is not a good swimmer but she loves to snorkel and we spent hours just snorkeling around the beach.

We again came to realize how we don’t like French food or the French style of cooking very much and although better, the more elaborate meals at the resort were of much less appeal to us then the simple dishes served from the a la carte menu.  We liked the Polynesian food the best and it was not always easy to get.  The trip around the island was excellent and we used the opportunity to buy some black pearls.

Bora Bora - I didn’t think anyplace could be more pretty than Hawaii but it certainly was.  The Bora Bora Pearl Resort was an outstanding resort and once we got away from the French food at the main restaurant, everything was delicious.  The end of pontoon premium overwater bungalow was amazing with our perfect view of Mt. Otumanu.  Again, the water was just a few feet deep and perfect for snorkeling and we spent much of our free time just swimming around and under the bungalows at the various pieces of coral.  The resort has actually created a coral garden and a coral nursery and this was a major attraction for everyone at the resort.  It was perfect for those not really comfortable with swimming and an ideal place to learn how to snorkel.

We had one adventure that was apparently disturbing for the staff at the resort.  We took the island tour and the guide (a native Tahitian) took a liking to us and invited us to his house for “real Polynesian food”.  Now this is something we would never do at home but we said yes and came back to the pier just at dark and he met us in his private car and took us to his home a few miles away.  We met his wife and 8 year old daughter and sat out on the porch and had dinner.  We had a tuna ceviche, some type of a beef dish and breadfruit which he cooked and peeled in front of us. Delicious.  We talked about various things Tahitian and he gave us the local perspective on tourism, the French, the Americans, the native economy, etc and it was all very interesting and exactly the type of experience we like to have when we travel to different countries.  The other people at the resort were absolutely astounded that we would have done such a thing but it was great.

Probably our favorite experience on the trip was the shark and manta ray feeding trip.  I thought this would be somewhat hokey but it was great fun.  Swimming with the sharks was a novel experience and even Debby with her limited swimming abilities had a great time.  I was actually able to dive down and bat one of the lemon sharks on the tail.  The mantas were like puppies in the way that they crowded around us, swimming over our shoulders in order to get to the food.  We laid out the money for the video of the trip and its been the most popular picture of any trip that we have ever brought home.  And we would recommend that anyone who goes to Bora Bora take the opportunity to eat at “Bloody Marys“, a superb place to get the fresh seafood that we were looking for and it was very reasonably priced.

I could gush further but suffice it to say that it was a fantastic trip and just the type of relaxation that we needed at this busy time in our lives.  Thanks for planning a wonderful trip for us
Ken and Debby R. - 2016

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