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"Show and Tell" from our TAHITI guests!

 

Don't just dream about "Tahiti"... indulge yourself and live it like they did!  Tahiti is for everyone.  Certainly a celebration for Honeymooners, Anniversaries and special milestone birthdays! Enjoy life and reward yourself with a vacation to Tahiti, Bora Bora or one of the many exciting Tahitian islands!

Please use a Certified Tahiti Tiare Specialist when booking your Tahitian Getaway to receive the best information for this special destination! Don't miss a moment of the excitement!  We go the extra mile for you!

 

HONEYMOON AT THE HILTON MOOREA AND THE INTERCONTINENTAL THALASSO IN BORA BORA

 

Hey Gayle! Oh my goodness Tahiti was absolutely breathtaking! I still am in disbelief of how gorgeous the the islands are. It was by far the best week of our lives and we owe it all to you! THANK YOU!!!!

All of our flights and transfers went perfectly and having the itinerary and your travel tips made us feel so prepared and never had any confusion about where we needed to be. We did receive our credit at Thalasso even though the A/C came on the second morning there! How lucky is that! ;)

Our favorite excursion was the helmet dive :) It's the coolest feeling walking on the ocean floor! Like nothing I've ever done before. We also did a spa day while we were at Thalasso and that was amazing too. Overall my favorite part of the honeymoon was the overwater bungalow! Ethan's favorite was all the snorkeling there.

Again, can't thank you enough for all your help in planning our trip to Tahiti! We're hoping to get back there again one day and we'll definitely give you a call when we do for your help again ;) 

 

Yes, we did get our front row seats for the show! THANK YOU :)

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for planning the most perfect honeymoon for Ethan and I ❤️

 



 

First Choice Travel and Cruise added new photos to the album: Brooke and Ethan's Honeymoon in Tahiti — at Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and The Intercontinental Thalasso in Bora Bora.

 

 

 

HONEYMOON IN MOOREA

Sarah and Lee Woodworth at the Intercontinental Moorea loved  their overwater bungalow!

 

 

Hi Gayle,
The trip was awesome! It couldn't have been any better, everything met or exceeded our expectations.
Everyone we tell is so jealous, especially with the weather here last week. The weather there was perfect, we got a couple little rain showers, but most of the time is was warm and sunny.
Sarah

 

 

 

Someone had happy toes looking out their overwater bungalow!

 

Even 5 nights in an overwater bungalow will make YOU this ....happy!!! 

 
 
Honeymoon in Bora Bora
Hi Tana, 
 
Thank you for reaching out! I have attached a few pictures for you, we had an amazing time in Tahiti.  The resorts, dining and scenery were beautiful! Once in a lifetime trip that Pat and I will never forget! Thanks for setting everything up! 
 
Much thanks, 
Katie and Pat Reiels
 
 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY IN TAHITI FOR THIS COUPLE

 

Looks like my VIP clients had a FABULOUS time in Tahiti. You were a joy to work with and I look forward to helping you plan many more vacations! Tana

"My husband and myself were able to take a trip of a lifetime starting in Tahiti and going around the Society Islands!!! Tana booked us on the Paul Gauguin Cruise. We were treated like royalty!! It was AMAZING!! Clear blue water, swimming with Sting-Rays and Coral Sharks just AWESOME. We will never forget our 40th Anniversary!!!! Thank you Tana,You are wonderful and we are looking forward to are next trip."
Debbie and Dave

 
 
 

TAHITI VACATION

Pat and Dennis with the mountains in Tahiti

Quote from Pat: When I think of heaven, I see Bora Bora.

Sara,

 I can't stop thinking of the paradise we visited.  I'm working on a photo book and that sure takes a lot of time.
 
We appreciate all of your expertise in planning our trip and everything surpassed and exceeded my dreams and expectations.  Kudos to you!
 
Dennis said that with each passing minute he could feel the stress melt away and was fully relaxed.
 
All of the transfers from airport, ferry, ride to resorts, ride to airports and excursions were amazing, without a hitch.  That sure took off the pressure.  Even the restaurant taxis.
 
Our beach bungalow at Moorea Pearl Resort (309) was the last bungalow on the property line which gave us a lot of privacy and seclusion.  The grounds were impeccable, great service, super infinity pool, delicious breakfasts.
 
Our dinner at Le Rudys was fabulous. Such a quaint restaurant where we were warmly greeted and made to feel welcome. We had terrific Mai Tais, steak and parrotfish stuffed with crab meat.
Amazing Tahiti evenings for Pat and Dennis!
 
The Moana Lagoon tour was fabulous. Our guide was Zekie (sp) who was amazing with his knowledge of the island and fluent in many languages which delighted all of the different tourists. I absolutely loved, loved, loved swimming with the sting rays and black tipped sharks.  The motu picnic was great and we spoke with many of the other tourists.  It was amazing to me just how many women were traveling alone and for extended periods of time.
 
The Sofitel Marara Bora Bora overwater bungalow #62 was unbelievably beautiful.   It was the second furthest from the resort which gave us incredible views and deep water.  The uniqueness of showering with the louvered windows open looking at the ocean was sweet!  The snorkeling from our room is indescribable.  
 
A bottle of cold French champagne was waiting for us. The delicious macaroons and daily bottles of bottled water In our room was a nice and welcome touch and appreciated.
 
The Sofitel grounds were in need of grooming and some areas seemed to be a little neglected, with pivotal areas missing lighting/burnt out bulbs all week, etc.  Beautiful none the less.  Again, breakfasts were great with plenty of choices.  Infinity pool was beautiful but no umbrellas to provide any shade.  Just lather up extra good.  Most of our water time was off of our bungalow anyway.
 
We ate at Bloody Mary's and had tasty dinners of swordfish and Marlin.
 
A restaurant that we really enjoyed was Fare Manuia "Lucky House". Delicious pizzas and steaks.  Quite an assortment on the menu.  It is located close to Matira Beach.  Very reasonable.  Wish we went there earlier as we certainly would have returned.
 
We also ate at The Matira Beach Restaurant and had Mahi Mahi and spangled Emperor fish stuffed with shrimp and scallops.  There was a Polynesian dancer who stopped by and entertained with several dances.  That was a nice surprise.
 
We also booked The Reef Discovery snorkeling tour.  Amazing...just like swimming in an "aquarium ". Coral garden. Anenomes and clown fish (nemo). Spotted eagle Rays. (Unfortunately no manta rays could be found) but the guide Damon sure tried.  He was great and very attentive to both our English and French speaking group. We went completely around the island. Half way through it poured but no worries.  Highly recommend.
 
Because of the location of both resorts, we were unable to see sunrises or sunsets, but with that beautiful water..who cares!
 
I'm immensely impressed with all of the beauty from the scenery to the people.  It was very touching to find out that the people are very much aware that they live in a paradise and are proud and grateful.
 
Moorea and Bora Bora were both gorgeous.  They aren't just a slice of paradise, they are really my idea heaven.  
 
Thanks again Sara. 
Take care.  It was a pleasure and will keep in touch.
 
Pat  (and Dennis)


OUR REPEAT TAHITI GUESTS & EXPERIENCED DIVERS

Stayed at the Sofitel in Moorea and Sofitel Marara Beach this time!

 

Hi Gayle!
 
Our trip was wonderful, we truly relaxed and the diving was great, we even snuck in a few extra. 

One thing I thought I would tell you is:
Air Tahiti Nui does NOT charge 2nd bag fees for divers however you have to present them your c card and identify which bags are dive bags........ when I asked the young lady, she said no, it's 75$ per extra bag and sent us over to the cashier. (She was new and did not know.) When I mentioned to the cashier it was dive equipment she glanced over at the bags (which are akona dive bags, pretty easy to identify) and said no, they do not charge for dive equipment and proceeded to reverse the 150$ charge saving us a total of 300$ round trip...... there were about 11 travelers behind us for the same reason, dive bags. I created a headache for Air Nui but I thought I might mention it to you so you can warn your clients in advance to be prepared to identify their equipment bags, present their c cards and not be charged. Same for inter island flights. Weight limits still apply.
 
The water was gorgeous and we really enjoyed it!
Have a good day and thank you for everything!
Barbara Joan
 
PS from Gayle-I love their underwater pictures and had to share them with you!!!  Its all about what you can see under the sea!!!
 
Last time they were in Tahiti Rangiroa
 
 

HONEYMOONERS

Le Meridien Bora Bora is where Kelly and Donal celebrated their HONEYMOON!

Island Fun at the Le Meridien in Bora Bora!Donal and Kelly loved their honeymoon in Tahiti!

Ia Orana Gayle!
Thank you so much for helping us plan a once and a lifetime trip...it definitely was paradise and so hard to leave...hopefully someday we will make it back to Bora Bora!!!!!!!!!
Kelly and Dobs O'Brien 
 
 
Hilton Moorea Honeymoon
Kristi is loving her overwater bungalow!
 

Hi Gayle!

 
Moorea was AMAZING!  The trip of a lifetime for both of us.  We had such a great time relaxing and taking in the beautiful sights.  The hotel was great.  It was well worth the upgrade.  We LOVED the over water bungalow.  The breeze from the ocean made sitting out in the sun so enjoyable, and you can't beat the views.  We had fun feeding the fish off the deck of our bungalow.  
 
  
 
 
 
Kristi and Matt explore Moorea!
We really enjoyed the ATV trip (see picture!).   It was a bit cloudy, so we didn't get as good of pictures as we would have liked, but still beautiful.  We were really looking forward to seeing the pineapple fields.  That was the highlight of the trip for Matt!  
 
Honeymooners Matt and Kristi in Moorea with their overwater bungalow!
 
We really appreciated your packing tips, especially the amount of booze we were allowed to bring per person!  Drinks at the hotel were expensive, so we were glad we had brought some with.  The food at the hotel was also, expensive, but we were expecting that.  We did go to restaurants in town two nights, and ordered pizza one night.  That helped save a bit. Overall we enjoyed the food a lot, and were happy to be able to try some French food!
 
Overall we cannot thank you enough for all of your help with planning this trip.  Everything was very easy, and we felt prepared for the international travel.  We love Moorea and would go back in a heartbeat (if we're rich!)  Maybe for our 25th anniversary!
 
Thanks again!
 
Kristi & Matt Sokol
  
 

 

Sofitel Moorea Honeymoon

Amber and Brian in MooreaBrian and Amber sightseeing in Moorea

Hi Gayle,
 
We had a wonderful time in Moorea.  It is such a beautiful place and both Brian and I agree that the pictures do not do justice to how beautiful the place is.  Most everyone was friendly and we learned a lot about the island and the culture.  
 
We did the Moana boat tour and really enjoyed that.  We also rented a car for the day and really enjoyed seeing the whole island.  We also did the 4x4 safari which was really fun.  Getting to the top of Magic mountain was a bit scary but totally worth the view once we got to the top.  All of our tours were through Albert tours and we heard that they did the best tours on the island.

 
The resort was beautiful.  The greenery and flowers were amazing and the beach was beautiful.  Both the garden and overwater bungalow were great.  We were really excited to move to the overwater bungalow and we got one pretty much out at the end of the pier which was cool.  The one bummer was that it got dark so early....by 630pm every night.   The cost of food was kinda a bummer too, but we brought our own alcohol and stopped at the local grocery store to buy some stuff when we rented the car.  We also took advantage of the restaurants that offered free shuttles.  That was nice to get to see other places.  We did eat at Rudy's which was really great food.  
 
As far as snorkeling....we are not very good at it but we did feed the fish and got to see some amazing colorful fish.  

Lots of activities in Moorea to experience!Beautiful views like this make it worth while to visit! 
Overall, it was a trip of a lifetime for us.  I'm not sure if we will ever make it back to that area of the world but I am glad we got to experience it at least once, and we did get to meet some other people.  
 
I attached  few of our favorite photos of the almost 900 we took!!!......and thanks again for helping us plan our honeymoon.  I would have never been able to put that together myself.  I also referred a co-worker to you that wants to head to Bora Bora next spring.  
 
Also, San Fran was fun too however we never got to go to Alcatrez because we were there the day the government shut down including state parks and apparently Alcatrez is a state park...that was a bummer:( we did a bus tour instead. 

 
Thanks again Gayle
 
Amber 

 

Hilton Moorea and Bora Bora HONEYMOON!

 Trisha and Craig Peterson Tahiti HoneymoonCraig and Trisha at the Hiltons in Bora Bora and Moorea

Yes, we had an amazing time! I have been meaning to email you! I have tons of pictures and videos on Facebook.  We got to swim with big lemon sharks...scary!

Craig actually swam down and touch it! Got pictures...lots of cool videos from snorkeling, saw lots of different sea creatures! All excursions were great!

Craig and Trisha

 

 

Gayle,  

Ia Orana! Bonjour! It was a wonderful trip!! 

Ryan and I loved our honeymoon! It was the most beautiful place we've ever been to. 

Natalie and Ryan Bykowski Honeymoon in Tahiti!Ryan and Natalie sightseeing in Bora Bora!

We spent 2 nights in a Garden Bungalow, that had a lot of privacy and was really nice, but then we upgraded to two nights on an overwater bungelow in Moorea. It was such a smart decision, because the overwater bungelows are so much fun and unique. We went snorkeling every day. We really enjoyed snorkeling off our own bungelow. The people at Moorea are extremely nice. I felt like we were immersed in culture in Moorea, while still being at a Hilton Hotel.  They always said hi or "Ia Orana" and offered us 5 star service.

Ryan and Natalie loved their overwater bungalow!Natalie and Ryan enjoyed all that Tahiti has to offer!

We went on our first tour on Moorea, where we swam with the sharks and stingrays. Ryan and I loved it! We weren't even scared at all. We had a fabulous tour guide...Siki. He was so funny and very knowledgeable about the Tahitian Islands. We learned how to make seviche (Ryan's new favorite dish) and how to crack open a coconut. That was probably the best tour we went on. Ryan took a lot of underwater photos and video of us swimming with his underwater Iphone cover. The tour into the mountains was an adventure too with our tour guide Tom. We ended up renting some bikes one day and made the trek to the market, where we stocked up on cheap drinks and snacks. It was scary driving on the main road though, people do not slow down for bikers! We ate at three local restaurants, which we really enjoyed. We had a scare one night walking to a nearby hut for supper, because what we thought were massive terrantulas in the holes in the ground, turned out to be crabs. We ran back to our hotel after dinner and told the woman behind the desk at the lobby we saw the spiders, and she started laughing. We never had bad food i feel like. We loved the fresh fruit (coconut, papayas, baby bananas, pineapple), crepes for breakfast and dessert, grilled fish, french bread and bakery, seviche, curry, drinks with coconut ice cream and banana/rum desserts. We ended up canceling our trip to the market on the main island of Tahiti, because we decided we wanted to just spend that day hanging out at the beach and swimming, rather then making a full day trek to Tahiti.

 

Bora Bora's water is beautiful and we found the deeper water really fun. Ryan had so much fun jumping and diving off our overwater bungalow. We made some friends on Moorea that followed us to Bora Bora, which was fun. The Hilton Bora Bora had a wonderful beach, where we swam in the never-ending pool, went paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling, but the people aren't as nice there and we hated having to book our dinners every night. The dinners at the French and Tahitian restaurants were so good though!  We were happy when we went on that second lagoonarium tour, to swim with sharks even closer up, and Ryan and I made a trip to Bloody Mary's for dinner. Our massages were nice as well.

Ryan and Natalie loved the shark and stingray swim!

Our favorite part about our whole trip was probably snorkeling with the sharks and stingrays and then snorkeling off our overwater bungalows. It was way worth bringing our own snorkeling gear, a nice camera and an underwater camera. We enjoyed eating a lot, spending time in the sun, taking baths and showers and relaxing in general. The rainbows were beautiful there too! Ryan let me pick out a ring with a black pearl on it! It's simple but beautiful. Nothing went wrong with our whole travel experience, until the last day, when we were checking out of our hotel on Bora Bora. The wind was whipping around and it was somewhat raining, the power was going out and Ryan's credit card wouldn't work. His credit card company put a hold on his credit card, so it was really stressful trying to check out. The yacht ended up waiting for us for 45 minutes extra and finally we made it. We just kept on joking that we didn't want to leave Tahiti.

 

We really want to go back to Tahiti and explore some smaller islands and Motus that we heard were really unique and less touristy. This may not happen until our 25th anniversary or something, but we really want to try. We wish we could let all our friends and family experience the paradise in the Pacific ocean that we got to on our honeymoon!

Mauruuru for pushing us to go to Tahiti. It was way worth it. Everyone we asked said they wish they would have gone to Tahiti for their honeymoon, over Hawaii or the Caribbean, and I'm so glad we got to do that!

 

Natalie and Ryan Bykowski

(SIDE NOTE: I never push. Ha ha.  Just suggest you live the dream of TAHITI!, Gayle Zielke, Tahiti Tiare Specialist)

 

PAUL GAUGUIN AND A STAY IN MOOREA IS WHERE CHERI SPENT HER 60TH BIRTHDAY!  THANKS TO HUBBY JIM!

 CHERI AND JIM CELEBRATE BIG IN TAHITI!

To my dear friend Gayle,
It all adds up to it was one very awesome vacation!  A trip of a lifetime!  Gayle I know that you and your staff must put hours of time into all the planning for a trip of this kind.  It was flawless! The planning, the dinner, the Paul Gauguin Cruise and what a class act cruise it was. The overwater bungalows in Moorea, spending quality time with old friends and making special new friends, the food, the drinks, weather and even snorkeling was top shelf all the way.  The will forever be one of my fondest memories. 

I think it is safe to say "My 60th" birthday is finally over and that I will never forget.  Thank you for making it so special!
Many Thanks!
 
Cheri and Jim
 

 

MOOREA AND BORA BORA HONEYMOON!  Intercontinental Moorea is where the dolphins are waiting for you. Our honeymooners also stayed at the Intercontinental Le Moana in Bora Bora!

 

Gayle,

Of course we loved it! I tell everyone I never want to go to the same place twice because there is so much of this world to see,  BUT, I have made it an official goal to go back to Moorea!

Jennifer and Kurt Snyder's Honeymoon at the Intercontinental Le Moana in Bora Bora The view from our deck at the Intercontinental Moorea overlooking the private lagoon.

 

The view from our deck in Moorea overlooking the private lagoon.
Dolphin fun and front row seats from our deck at the Intercontinental in Moorea Kurt and Jennifer in Bora Bora at the Le Moana honeymooning!
 
The 4 wheel excursion we took in Moorea was by far MY favorite. HIGHLY recommend it, so much to see and enjoy both the green mountains and the breathtaking water. It is for the fearless though, would not recommend to an elderly couple as there is a LOT of bumps, high speeds, and very high cliffs with no protection from going over- hence the fearless part.


Jennifer and Kurt Snyder 

 

 

WEDDING IN BORA BORA

 

Gayle & Sara,
Everything went awesome and we had a wonderful time.  The wedding was beautiful.  Things are crazy trying to get caught back up, I will leave your message in my inbox and hopefully sometime I will be able to send some photos over to you or stop by with them when the craziness is over.
 
Thanks!

 Alex and Andy

 

TEXAS HONEYMOONERS ENJOYING TAHITI, MOOREA AND BORA BORA

Adam and Maia on their Tahitian Honeymoon!

Hi Gayle,

We had a wonderful time in Tahiti. It was the vacation and honeymoon we needed for sure!!!

We ended up having bungalows at each resort and went to the Thalasso sister resort as well. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. The dinners at the 3 resorts were delicious and full of flavor.  The shark and stingray tour was our favorite so thank you so much for adding that to our trip. The stingrays were amazing and very friendly:)

Thanks again for all your help with our perfect honeymoon,

Adam
 
Adam W Claussen
Bankers Life and Casualty

Adam diving for treasures!Maia tahitian dancing 

Hi Gayle!

Yes!  The water bungalow at Moorea was great!  I thought that that was an upgrade...I thought that we had originally only had the bungalow in Bora Bora!  A very nice surprise, indeed. 

I got to do a lot of dancing! The General Manager at the Intercontinental in Bora Bora introduced herself and said she had heard I was a good dancer and hoped we would be going to the bbq and show that night...I thought Adam had told them!  He told me he didn't say a thing, and that it must have been you.  :-)  I did get to dance for a bit that night during audience participation...I have a sneaking suspicion they had their targets set on me when they started looking for participants...

Although, I do have to admit, my favorite experience during our honeymoon was dancing on the beach in Moorea.  We had found ourselves invited to a local man's birthday party on the beach.  They took us in like family, fed us, got us drunk, and did their best to talk to us in their broken English!  They learned I was from Hawaii and immediately played the one hula song they knew live.  One of the local women danced the song, and I followed along!  Then we were hanging out and I heard them start to play a Tahitian song I had recently learned in order to perform it for our Austin reception next week.  I started dancing that song for them...AWESOME!  Live music on the Tahitian beach and I was dancing for them...and then they hugged me and thanked me profusely...it was truly magical for me...an immediate connection even though we live worlds apart and can't communicate that well because of language barriers.  Adam even asked me later..."Did you have goosebumps when you were dancing that song?".  Absolutely.

Anyways...I could go on and on and on about all the experiences we had, but highlights definitely included the local's birthday party in Moorea, riding around the entire island of Moorea on a scooter, getting tattooed in Moorea, feeding the fish in the mornings, swimming with the rays, sunset after happy hour in Bora Bora, and a lovely French dinner at the Thalasso.  We had a great time!

~m
Thanks for all your help with this and I hope you enjoy the pictures! Click here for some outstanding pictures of ADAM AND MAIA'S HONEYMOON IN TAHITI


Maia said it closely matched her criteria for heaven!!! ;-)


Sofitel Moorea Honeymoon 

Welcome to Tahiti Sam and Pat!The view from Pat and Sam's overwater bungalow

We had an absolutely amazing time on our honeymoon, it was everything we envisioned it being and so much more! 
There was a Polynesian show/dance every night at 7:30 at one of the restaurants on property, it was great!! We went to dinner twice at a restaurant off property called Moorea beach Club. We really like it! It was very reasonable, for two great entrees and a bottle of wine, $100! Not bad! The food was average, nothing amazing. Very expensive at the resort so we kept it basic most nights. Oh we rented a car one day and drove around the island which was fun.. That night we picked up pizza at a place right across from the ferry dock. It was pretty good! 
Pat and Sam enjoyed Moorea and the Sofitel!Pat takes a peek underwater from the over water bungalow
 We had an amazing time thus far in Moorea! We just checked in to our overwater bungalow today and are so excited to experience that!!! We just can't get over how beautifully breathtaking everything is!

The snorkeling was awesome, we did that almost everyday, sometimes multiple times in a day when we were in the overwater bungalows. So many fish!!!

Thank you for all of your help in our once in a lifetime trip :)
Sam & Pat
 
 

INTERCONTINENTAL MOOREA HONEYMOON

Gayle,

We thought the Intercontinetal Moorea was gorgeous!  Loved Moorea and the Scenery has the WOW factor!  Views of Blue and Green with the mountains.  More to do here.  Got an overwater upgrade to room #501 near the dolphins!

Everything was beautiful!

Rebecca

 

A BORA BORA AND TAHA'A HONEYMOON

Jason and Jacqueline Davis said their honeymoon in Tahiti was everything they expected...plus more!

Jason told Gayle it was Awesome! Loved Taha'a a bit more and the Coral Gardens here. Glad they ended the honeymoon at this layed back resort. Met another couple and went fishing right on property by the reef. Caught a "big one"! Too bad he didn't know the chef would have cooked it for them that night.

Bora Bora was "Over the Top"! The different colors of the ocean there were amazing. He remembers visiting "Bloody Marys" and Jacqueline got a black pearl bracelet.

It must have been great because they want to go back!!!

 

HONEYMOONERS--Laura and Luke Leonard from Burnsville, Minnesota
Laura and Luke loved their Honeymoon to Bora Bora and Moorea

Our picture was taken right outside our porch on Moorea, beach bungalow at the Intercontinental. This is the wonderful lagoon I was talking about.  Great snorkeling here. 

Our trip was awesome! We loved moorea, and loved the beach bungalows even more at the intercontinental than the over water's at the intercontinental.  The reason why, is that they have a huge lagoon right outside your porch and it was better snorkeling, the over waters sit on the other side of that.  We also did the shark and sea ray excursion there and had lunch on the motu. It was unbelievable.

We got a tip the the excursions on moorea were cheaper and just as good as Bora Bora.  Another suggestion we got was to rent a car rather than go on the land excursions.  We did this twice, once with a dune buggy to go up the mountain, and another with a car to go around.  This allowed us to go at our own pace, and the rental company was super lenient on when you returned the vehicle.  Did I mention the food?  It was outstanding. That breakfast was well worth it!  I think it was like 3500 cpf daily, as much as you can eat, and we paid nothing.  It saved us a lot of money, and monkeying around and no worries.


oh and we both got tattoos from the local artist.  My first ever, and our artist is going to be in national geographic next month!  (rooni is his name.)  and no, my parents don't know yet.

Honeymoon couple loved Tahiti so much she cried she didn't want to go home!

 

Bora Bora.

Gorgeous and hot.  Our room was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous and the service couldn't have been better.  We spent 85% of our time in the water and relaxing.  It was definitely the way to spend you last 5 days.  Not much to report here except pearl buying.  Yes, I did some damage.

The food here was good too, but we enjoyed the local restaurants in Moorea better.

The picture I sent you is actually taken at one of the Tahitian dance buffets they have at the BB lagoon resort.  It was great.  We met a bunch of other honeymooners here with our same wedding date and spent many of our later evenings celebrating with them. YES, we got the canoe breakfast.  It was really neat. Thank you for organizing that.

 

It was so hard to come back,
I cried the whole way home and most of yesterday
(my eye's are still puffy!) and it was so romantic.  A great way to kick off our new lives together.

Make new friends when you are in Moorea




 

 

 

It was so fabulous.  Thanks again Gayle!
It was the most amazing time ever!
We are already thinking of our next vacation!
Love,
Laura

Here is Laura with some new friends she met while on her Honeymoon.  I know Luke didn't
mind since he was the one taking the picture!

 
 

HONEYMOONERS Bryan and Amy!

 

Gayle,

The trip was fantastic. We did not visit the island of Tahiti for to long except on the flight in and out. It was very relaxing and the natives were great. Very laid back. Amy and I would like to thank you for everything you set us up with. Great call on the shark and stingray tour. One of the best excursions we have ever been on. It is definitely somewhere I would visit again later on. I would like to check out some of the other islands. Sorry we did not get back to you sooner. We both started new career paths as soon as we came back so our world's changed dramatically and immediately. Back to reality!

Thanks again for everything!

Bryan

 

ANOTHER HONEYMOON SUCCESS STORY FROM A GREAT LOOKING COUPLE!

Mauruuru Gayle! We have lots to share but will need to catch our breath first! LOVED LOVED LOVED IT ALL!

Just a few quick pics but more to share later! Promise! Thanks again! Anthony and Sherry
 

Hi Gayle.

 It was a wonderful trip!  We had great flights, great weather, exceptional food, incredible excursions, and the experience of being nearly alone most of the time. Our pics look like something out of a catalogue because there were so few people there that it looks like we cleared people out of pools, the ocean, restaurants, boardwalks, you name it at the resorts ib Bora Bora & Moorea. The Hilton in BB was the best atmosphere, service, seclusion. People were friendlier there too. We were upgraded to the deep water bungalow in BB and to over water in Moorea. We had a good room in Tahiti, but as you know, it was no over water bungalow. 

The place was the best place I have ever had the good fortune to visit. We did 4x4 safari tours on BB & M. We did the circle island tour in T. Dove in BB & saw black tip & lemon sharks then manta rays (2). We did the lagoon tour with ray and shark feeding followed by the BBQ. Awesome!

I would highly recommend our guide in Tahiti for the circle island tour. If you want to see some pics, friend me on FB. They are awesome. We only posted a limited sample of the 5000 that we took.

We cried, begged, and pleaded, but they made us come home.

 

Sherry 
 

 CONGRATS!!!

Katie and Cameron Robidoux from WI went to Tahiti on their Honeymoon and 9 months later had an addition to the family.  She is known as the Tahitian baby!!

A Canoe breakfast like this one can deliver your breakfast to you if you are staying in an overwater bungalow! Katie and Cameron loved their Tahiti Honeymoon!

 

HONEYMOONERS  
 
Mark and Jill Wozniak of Oconomowoc got married in Jamaica!! .....AND Mark also surprised Jill with a Honeymoon to TAHITI!!!  What a guy he is! What a wonderful couple they make!


 

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Gayle-

Our trip was awesome. This was the best 10 days of both of our lives and we intend to come back as quickly as possible. Absolute paradise! This was written not only to allow us to remember exactly what we did under the influence of Tahitian beer but also to hopefully be informative to those that will travel to Tahiti in the future. 

Tahiti Honeymoon

Tim and Kristina Tobolic on their Tahiti Honeymoon Adventure!

 

 

We had a great time, Gayle.  Thanks for all your help.  

Justin M. Nelson

   

 

 

Hi Gayle, 
 
It is hard to be back to reality!
 
Our resort was the most beautiful and the most bug-free. It was hard to walk on the beach there in Moorea at the Sofitel--and it was even harder to go in the water if you didn't have water shoes!
 
We loved the grounds at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, but I thought the overwater bungalows needed some updating!
We are spoiled with the bungalows, though!  We like those and don't want to stay in a regular hotel anymore!  Our first hotel we were one of six that surrounded a gorgeous pond, so we had a nice view.  The overwater bungalow was cool.  The best part was that you could open your patio doors and have open air with an amazing view!   I would actually like to get a beach bungalow somewhere, someday, and try that out.  Maybe Hawaii--for our 25th wedding anniversary!
 
It was nice having the meal plan too, but we would have liked to get out and eat at some local restaurants--we ate every meal at our hotels.  Oh--and a margarita was about $20!!!  The food was good.  And there was lots of it!  No, we didn't eat anywhere for lunch--except on the tour with the motu picnic.  Since it was a buffet, I kind of ate a lot and was glad there were only two meals per day! 
 
We really enjoyed the 4x4 tour!  And we did end up going on the tour to swim with the sharks and stingrays and eat lunch on a motu.  That was definitely a highlight!
 
Jennifer
 
 
 HONEYMOON IN BORA BORA & MOOREA
 
Kristina and Dan thought their Honeymoon in Tahiti was AMAZING!  Just beautiful.  Couldn't get over the water color all over the island. We went jet skiing for about 4 hours!  We had a couple of massages at our resort in Bora Bora.  We loved our overwater bungalow at the Bora Bora Lagoon.  The resort was just beautiful!!  We were upgraded to one of the bungalows with our own private plunge pool!!  Went to Bloody Marys, Kayana Hut and La Bounty restaurants.  LOVED them.  We are real foodies so this was what we were looking for.
 
In Moorea we stayed at the Pearl Beach Resort in an overwater bungalow in a premium overwater bungalow.  Great snorkeling right here at our hotel. We would definately recommend to anyone with an overwater to upgrade to the premium ov bungalows.  They are are much more private and unobstuctive too. We had the canoe breakfast delivered to our overwater bungalow which was super cool!  Took the jeep safari trip here which was great.  Had the B & D plan at the resort and they were really nice about changing it to lunches if we were not using the credits.  Worked out really nice!
 
Thanks again,
Kristina and Dan
 
ANOTHER MAGICAL HONEYMOON IN MOOREA AND BORA BORA!
 
 

Mauruuru!

Our trip was outstanding and the destination was magical!   After booking with you, we will never attempt to put something like this together ourselves.  The transfers went smoothly, everything was taken care of for us which meant we truly started relaxing the minute we got there.  We will send a disc of some photos. 

Couple of notes that come to mind:

Moorea

·       The Sofitel in Moorea was wonderful.  If I were to go again, I would stay at the same place.  Smaller resort than what we found in Bora Bora so we really got to know the staff.  The whole resort was extremely friendly and accommodating and the rooms were well appointed.  Our housekeeper was fantastic!

·        We were upgraded to end of pontoon and it was perfect!  Great view and, as you said, snorkeling right off of our deck.

·        If someone is staying in Moorea and wants to go offsite to a restaurant, we found a GEM!  They will pick up and drop off.  It’s called Rudy’s.  Rudy is the cook and his dad “Sid” runs the front of the restaurant – we’re going to write up a yelp or trip advisor article on them – it’s that good!  Oh… and out of the 4 nights we ended up there twice as did many other people!

Bora Bora

·        In Bora Bora, the Thalasso was very nice.  The room was beautiful and the food was fantastic!  REALLY glad we had the meal plan as it would have been very expensive otherwise and again, the food was top notch. 

·        Laurie at the concierge desk was very helpful and recognized our names from your note – thanks for that!

·        Another plus with this place is that the shuttle to the island was free since it went to the other Intercontinental resort.  I remember looking at the island shuttle when considering the St. Regis and it was very expensive (although they did have a killer boat at the St Regis).  We rented a dune buggy type vehicle and cruised around on the island one day which was a fun way to get around.

·        Stingray feeding at the resort was awesome!!!  So cool to just walk from the beach into the water for the feedings!

·        The end of pontoon upgrade was great but between you and me, not the best views that you could get.  It’s like they laid out the site plan for the bungalows and didn’t take into consideration the mountain view that everyone wants.  I wanted to just “twist” the building so we could wake up to a true focal point.  Best view rooms are actually in the crook of the Y as they get face on view to the mountain from the bedroom and deck.

·        The staff was very friendly.  Only problem was that that they were understaffed.  We waited 10-15 minutes for the concierge one morning and no one showed up.  Phone was ringing and no one there to answer.  In the evening, we were wondering why it was taking 15 minutes+ to get our drinks only to discover that one person was trying to handle the entire bar and adjacent area.  One guy pointed out that only 3 people were working the 100 seat restaurant.  Not sure if that was because of the season or what.  We heard similar comments from a couple that were staying at the Sofitel in Bora Bora.

·        We did get to go diving in spite of my head cold.  Yes, Kent got better the week before we left and I came down with a nasty cold 2 days before the trip – argh!  We did a refresh dive (highly recommend for someone who’s been out of the water for a bit) and then a 2 tank dive with the sharks – all in Bora Bora.  The Dive Masters at Bathy’s Dive Shop were very competent and VERY understanding and patient with me, giving me one on one support during the excruciating descent (head cold and diving is tough on the ears).

Mauruuru roa for everything you did to make this an outstanding trip!  We will treasure the memories forever! 

Ia Orana!!!

Kent & Janis

 Click here for some amazing photos of Kent and Janis's Tahiti Adventure!
 
 
Please enjoy these great pics from Kent and Janis Yunker!
 
 
 
IMAGINE A SURPRISE HONEYMOON.....TO TAHITI,THE EXCLUSIVE... TAHAA AND MOOREA!!??
 
I am not sure how Chris was able to pull off a surprise like this.  But I bet he made points for the rest of his life.  He can pull out a get out trouble card with this surprise!!!
 
Gayle,
 
Just wanted to send a big thank you. The honeymoon was more than we could have ever imagined. The resorts all were top notch, staff, food, service and above all the views!! Stacey was completely surprised at each of our hotels, especially because they just kept getting better and better! Let me tell you it's hard to keep your bride guessing where you're going when you have to board a plane (LOL). But she enjoyed every minute. We also got a special treat, there was a six-man outrigger race that went right by our over-water bungalow!! It was a three day race that was 77 miles long and Tahaa was their stopping point on their second day. Anyways back to reality and no longer on island time but thanks for the help on the perfect honeymoon.         
 
Sincerely, Chris & Stacey
 
 
HONEYMOON IN MOOREA!
 
Gayle,
We loved it!! It was so amazing!! 

We loved the tours! We decided not to take the safari though since it was the same as the ATV. We rented a car that day instead & drove around the island (twice) and did some sight seeing and shopping. There were LOTS of rays & sharks on the feeding tour and we even saw a pack of dolphins right outside our bungalow the day before we left!
Moorea is so breathtakingly amazing, we can't wait to go back!
 
By the way, we upgraded to the overwater bungalow for the whole trip!!! 
 
 Anyway, it was an unbelievable trip and we couldn't have asked for more! We'll definitely be going back!
Thanks,
Gennell and Ben
 
CHECK OUT SOME MORE PICTURES FROM  BEN AND GENNELL'S HONEYMOON IN MOOREA
 
HONEYMOONERS LOVED TAHITI AND MOOREA!!....and their upgrade too!

Tameka and Jerald were treated like VIP honeymooners at the InterContinental
Tahiti Resort and InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa.

Tameka and Jerald out on the townViews were amazing!

Hey Gayle,
Tahiti was fabulous!!!!!!! 

Thanks So much Gayle!

Our overwater bungalow!Tameka and Jerald enjoy their stay in Tahiti!

 Thanks Gayle for all the updates!  We truly appreciated them, especially since we rarely have time to think about our honeymoon or the resort.  The wedding is in two days, so we are getting things done to make that day very special!!

I loved the little pouch to keep things straight, Nice touch! 

This is absolutely beaUtiful! Thanks for letting us know!  We are super anxious and excited!

Sorry for all the questions, just curious! 
Tameka 

 FROM GAYLE....No problem about the questions.  I love talking about Tahiti and sharing information with my clients anytime I can!!!

HONEYMOON FUN IN MOOREA AND BORA BORA

Our Honeymooners stayed at the Hilton Moorea and Hilton Bora Bora Nui

Honeymooning in Tahiti!

Gayle, 

Everything was great.  They upgraded us at Moorea.  The tours were also wonderful, although I’d probably do the jet ski in Bora Bora rather than Moorea if I had the choice again.  Patrick’s tour was a highlight. 

No, they gave us the deluxe garden bungalow instead of the regular, which has the shared wall. This was free of charge.  We were happy with the single garden bungalow, especially because of how beautiful the more-lush grounds of Moorea are. 

Also, Lindsey wasn’t so comfortable with the shallower nature of snorkeling in Moorea compared to BB. So I really think we made the right choice to stay in the garden area.  Either way the entire resort was ridiculously private, it didn’t seem like anyone was even staying around us.

Thanks again for all your help.  The trip was awesome.

Tyler

Tyler and Lindsey loved their Honeymoon

 Check these pics out: 

Wonderful pictures and great memories from Tyler and Lindsey Stapel's Honeymoon in Paradise.  

 Enjoy Moorea and Bora Bora like these Honeymooners!

 

Hi Gayle,

 

Thank you for your emails! I am glad that you were interested in hearing how things went for us in Tahiti. It was an amazing vacation. I would love to share details and information for other travelers. 

 

We also found a cute one of us with the bungalos in the background. It was harder to get pictures of the two of us because there were so few people around!

 

Thanks for all of your help planning the vacation of a lifetime!

 

Lindsey Stapel

 

 

A relaxing Honeymoon in Moorea and Bora Bora!

Carrie and Jay Ewald enjoy Bora Bora!

 

Hi Gayle
 
The trip was fantastic - such a beautiful place.  Nice and relaxing :)
 
All the hotels were good.  We liked both Moorea and Bora Bora!!!  But we did Bora Bora a little more -- we thought it was so beautiful and we have no problem just relaxing in the sun.  Moorea seemed to offer more things to do, so someone who doesn't like to sit still would probably prefer it there more.  We met some people that stayed at all the same places and they preferred Moorea because of the 4 wheeling etc etc.  We were only there a full day on Thursday and it must be like their Sunday because there was only 2 excursions available and they were all booked up already.  We ended up going waterskiing though.  


Jay and Carrie on boat to Bora Bora! 
 

 

In Bora Bora we obviously went snorkeling (Jay has HD video of sting rays he chased around haha) we went jet skiing, shopping, couples massage, polynesian dance show... We did a lot of relaxing and watching movies haha - we watched EVERY single movie we brought since my French wasn't up to date anymore!!  I would suggest to people to always pack lots of movies!! that was a life saver.  We went to both restaurants a bunch of times with our new friends from Santa Barbara and Chicago :)  Went to Bloody Mary's.  It was a blast
 

The Kardashians were there in May I believe but what an exciting thing to come home to!!! they played the first episode the weekend we came home so we have watched them all.  It's so weird watching EVERYTHING we just DID ourselves!!!! hahaha  

 Big Huts where the Kardasians stayed!

The Overwater Bungalows that Kardashians stayed at
Pictured on top is Jay & Carrie at sunset - you can see the big hut in the background - that's how close they were... maybe 5 huts??


So hard to pick just a couple pictures when there are so many good ones.


Also, here is a link to our video preview from the wedding:  
www.weddingfilms.com/carrieandjay

MORE PICTURES FROM JAY AND CARRIE'S AMAZING HONEYMOON IN TAHITI!
 
Thanks again for all your help Gayle!!
Carrie and Jay Ewald 

BORA BORA NUI HONEYMOON

Hi Gayle,
Thanks for the welcome home - we did have a really wonderful time, and we certainly already are making plans to go back someday!     =)

All seats and flights were great... no complaints there.  The hotel was hotel was awesome!!!   OH - and the shark and ray snorkel was AMAZING!!!!  

As for pics - we are still going through them (we haven't had time to breathe since returning...lol).  I'll try to make sure to send you any really good ones... it seems from looking at them so far that pictures will never be able to do that place justice.....  =)

Take care,
Eric

TAHITI VACATIONS ARE THE BEST CELEBRATION TRIPS!
 

Mother and Daughter visit New Zealand and Tahiti by land and sea!

Hey Gayle
 
YES!  We did love it!  Completely.  It was quite an excursion - New Zealand was so beautiful (chilly - but still magnificent)
The cruise was also fantastic - the hospitality was really great.  And - this vessel was far more suited to our speed than a large, floating city type (which doesn't appeal to either mom or me).  The only negative on the trip was the Sofitel in Pa'peete.. the hotel was fine - but we found the staff somewhat inhospitable.   BUT - in the grand scheme of things - this was such a small problem that it did not impact our experience.  I only mention it if you are booking others in Tahiti.
 

Thanks - Gayle - for making this trip so great.  Not only was the location really terrific - the trip was well suited for mom and I to travel together.
 
Have a great day!
~Tobi

 

 

A SURPRISE SPECIAL BIRTHDAY TRIP ON THE PAUL GAUGUIN IN TAHITI

 

 Todd and Lynn had plenty of time on their own! Lynn and Todd Sprecher loved their Paul Gauguin Cruise

 

 Imagine giving ....or receiving a surprise of a lifetime like this????!!! 

Todd gave Lynn this wonderful gift for a  special milestone birthday gift.  She did not know where she was going until she got to the airport!!  I love helping with surprises like this!

 

Intercontinental Tahiti was thrilling!

 Hi Gayle,
I finally got around to sending you some pictures. We got a new camera for the trip and I'm not much of a photographer. I enjoyed the pics we took.

This was a trip of a lifetime and we will be back!  It was the best trip ever.  So special. The Paul Gauguin was awesome.  It has spoiled us for all cruises now!!  We did so much on the islands, Outrigger canoe and 4x4 tour in Raitea, Tahaa vanilla and cultural tour.  The private island was really neat. We did the snuba on Bora Bora and on Moorea we did the snorkel  with the shark and stingrays and motu picnic..

 

Our overwater bungalow at the Intercontinental Tahiti was wonderful!  
Thanks again for all your help,
Todd and Lynn Sprecher

 

Jerry and Rita Martin (Lynn's parents) joined in on the surprise!  Not until the airport did Lynn know anyone was joining them on this Tahitian adventure!

The Sprecher's and Martin's rated this trip #1

 

Jerry said he rated the PAUL GAUGUIN Cruise as #1 of all the many, many cruises they have been on.  The cruise and food on board was just outstanding!!  Everyone went above and beyond on this cruise.

We celebrated our special 50th anniversary and were the longest married couple on board. 

 

Jerry and Rita Martin

 

 A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Rick and Lori Berndsen in Bora Bora
 
Hi Gayle,

We had a great time and loved it very much! 

The grounds and room at the Intercontinental in Tahiti were beautiful and impressive.  We had some nice sunsets there and got a few nice pictures of them.  We were glad to have spent the extra time there.  I loved this hotel and our stay here.  We got into Tahiti a few times.  The markets were fun.  We enjoyed some local food and beers while there.  We enjoyed the four wheel drive tour we did there.  The weather was beautiful, warm and pretty humid.  Some people were complaining about the humidity, but we had no problems with it. 

We loved Moorea.  The over-the-water bungalow was very nice.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was in awe when I stepped inside.  We had a huge deck to lay out on and have never seen so many tropical fish all in one place.  We did a lot of snorkeling.  It was great to snorkel right from our room.  The water was warm and for the most part calm.  We had a little problem with the refrigerator not being very cold and there being no ice in the ice machines.  But, we got through it!  We enjoyed the 4 wheel drive tour.  We got some good pictures on it.  The weather was beautiful; warm with a small breeze.  The resort was very nice.  Though, you could see where some things on the grounds were dated and in need of repair.  (Sheraton Moorea is now the Hilton Moorea)

We had some problems with the Tiki show and dinner.  We were to be picked up at 6 and were in the reception area at 6 waiting for our ride.   After seeing a nice show at the Intercontinental in Tahiti and also in Hawaii when we were there, the Tiki show was very disappointing.  We don't mind paying for a quality show, professionally done, but this was not.  The Intercontinental in Tahiti had a free show that was so much better than the Tiki show.  

We added one tour while we were there.  We actually did it on Rick's birthday, which was nice.  It was the stingray and shark excursion.  I wasn't so sure about it, but it turned out to be a lot of fun!  We had seen in Mexico where they put the sharks in a confined area and then you could pet them.  We were happy to see that this tour wasn't that way.  We were able to touch the stingrays and see the sharks up close and personal.  Was a lot of fun. 


Bora Bora was also very nice.  We really liked the Pearl.  Of all the resorts we stayed at, they truly seemed like they wanted us there and were willing to serve us in any way they could.  I loved the way they checked us in.  We all sat down and filled out our paper work and then each couple was personally taken to their room and given a brief tour of the room.  Anyway, I don't know what you did to get us the room you did, but it was awesome!  We were at the very end of the row of bungalows! We kept walking, and walking.  And then she said I have a very special room for you.   I couldn't believe my eyes when we walked in the room.  It was gorgeous!  Anyway, thanks for all of your efforts. 

It was very windy in Bora Bora.  Our first night in the room, we thought we'd get blown ashore.  You probably know the rooms aren't airtight as they are in Moorea.  But, with the strong winds in Bora Bora as compared to Moorea it was quite a change.  The weather was warm, but the winds were always pretty strong.  It was mostly sunny while we were there, but the last two days, it rained on and off most of the days.  It was warm though.  When we went on the 4 wheel drive tour the roads were very muddy and quite rutted.  The tour guide said it had rained for 3 days the previous week.  We were glad we weren't there then!  Anyway, the 4-wheel drive tour was great.  We also rented a dune buggy for 4 hours and drove around the island ourselves for awhile.  That was fun.  We enjoyed the Bloody Mary restaurant, and also found some other good restaurants with excellent food.  The restaurants provided rides free of charge for us!  So, that was very nice. 
Looks like Helmut diving was perfect for them!

 
The helmet dive was excellent!  I was kind of nervous going into it, but got through it with flying colors!  There was only us and one other couple.  So, that made it nice.  We've never seen so many fish.  The food they gave us to feed them, really attracted the fish a lot.  As you know, we've done a lot of snorkeling, but to go down to the ocean floor and actually see them was something else.  Who knows, maybe we'll learn to dive yet.  I'm glad you suggested it. 
 
 So, again thanks so much for a fabulous trip! 
Thanks again, Gayle

Lori & Rick
 
Rick and Lori Berndsen 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES ON RICK AND LORI'S TAHITI CELEBRATION! 
 
TAHITI FUN

Diane Brown and Ivan Ginter from Bristol Wisconsin took a wonderful Princess Cruise to the Tahitian Islands.  Diane says everyone should travel first class. They really liked that extra leg room on the plane in business class.  Diane and Ivan loved staying in thier owners suite on this cruise while visiting Papeete, Huahine, Rorotonga, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Moorea. 

Notice the big smile! Diane is really happy hugging this good looking Tahitian she met at the Tiki Village in Moorea.  I think she wanted to take him home but IVAN said no!

Diane made a new friend
 

Diane with her and Ivan's tour guide in Raiatea's tropical garden.

 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
 
What a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary---with a trip to Tahiti!
Their pictures are wonderful! Brian's great tips and suggestions are a hit.

 Gayle,
We were pleased were both resorts.   A few things of note:
 
 Moorea
We were looking for a change of scenery for snorkeling and we went to the Sheraton.  It was great there and they have a nice beach.  We did a guided hike (3 Coconuts trail).  For anyone that likes hiking, this was very good.  They hotel didn't suggest this trail because "it's too hard".
Our masks were new and we didn't get a chance to test at home.  One we got there, we discovered  one had a leak.  So we ended up using the hotel's.  Checking them out in the morning wasn't that hard and worked well when we just snorkeled at the Pearl.
The meal plan was a good idea.  But then there was a day or so I wished we could experiment with some restaurants on the island too.
 
Bora Bora
The shark feeding was definitely worth going to.
We also did "funny cat" [guided  2 man boats around the island]  and we liked it (I was kind of surprised). 
One negative here - you couldn't really go swimming directly off of our overwater  bungalow - the water was too shallow/ the reef was too high.  It was still scenic and fun with the coffee table feeding.  But if I did it again I would do the over-the-water bungalow at Moorea Pearl.


Brian Deslatte
Texas
 

Gayle,
Yes, we had a great time. We started to get nervous at first since it rained almost non-stop
 our first 2 days; but after that it cleared up and the weather was perfect
(remember our bad luck with weather in Rarotonga?  5 days of non-stop
rain?)


It's hard to compare with Rarotonga.  R was much quieter, with virtually
deserted beaches at times.  Whereas Tahiti, the hotels were beautiful
and more luxurious, especially in Bora Bora.  And there is certainly
more to do in Tahiti.  I have to say that while the people in Tahiti are
friendly overall, the people of the Cook Islands were much warmer and
more friendly.  You can see some of the French influence on Tahiti in
that regard (i.e. a little attitude at times).  But, like I say, overall
the people were wonderful.

Overall I think I liked Rarotonga a little better, but John liked Tahiti
a little better.  It's a pretty close call.

As far as the 2 islands in Tahiti, we actually liked Bora Bora better
(surprise!), c/w Moorea, largely because the hotel was so nice.  The
Garden Pool Suite was awesome!  Both of the hotels were wonderful, so

thank you for helping us make good choices in that regard.  The hotel in Bora Bora was particularly nice.  That was the primary
reason we liked Bora Bora l little better, than Moorea.    The service was good,
and the grounds are incredibly beautiful.  The restaurant had very good
food (but expensive, which is not surprising).  The only (slight)
drawback is that it's on a motu, so to go to the main island you have to

take a boat - but they have a free boat shuttle that runs about every
hour.  You can't really walk around the motu even (outside the hotel),
which disappointed us.  Apparently the rest of it is private.  Also, the
snorkeling right off the hotel wasn't as nice as Moorea, because there
were fewer coral and thus fewer fish to look at.  They are in the
process of building an artificial coral reef, and the does seem to draw

some aquatic wildlife
We really enjoyed the excursions, especially feeding the rays and sharks
in Moorea.  That was really fun!  The 4WD excursions on both islands
were really fun also.


Our only complaint would be that we had to check out of our room in Bora
Bora by 11am and our plane didn't leave until that evening, so we had to
pack up and move to a "day room."  That was a bit of a hassle, so I'd
want to be sure to have late check-out were that to happen again.


So thanks, Gayle for a wonderful vacation.  We haven't decided for sure
yet, but we're kind of thinking maybe next stop, Aitutaki!

Steve


Ever want to celebrate a special anniversary in TAHITI?  Why not spoil yourself with a trip to Bora Bora and Moorea? 
Rick and Cheryl Stein did and have shared some great pictures of the islands!

Tahiti will be remembered fondly!

 Hi Gayle,

We wanted to thank you for following up on our recent trip. You did a wonderful job and we are delighted with the goodwill of both resorts.
 
We will remember Tahiti and you with fond memories. Nothing could wreck God's beautiful creation of that part of the world. We did experience many wonderful new things and we thank you for your input of picking out certain excursions. They all proved to be exceptional!
 
Please keep in mind we did say the rooms at the Bora Bora resort were very nice inside. If anyone else wants to be on the ocean there say Ocean View so the resort gets the point.  
 
We really did have a wonderful time and we do hope to return. We are already saving again to go there!!
 
Thank you again for everything!
 
Rick & Cheryl
Dune Buggy rides were exciting here!
The safari jeep excursions were exceptional on both Moorea and Bora Bora. Our tour guides that we had were excellent.We had Tom on Moorea, and  Francesca on Bora Bora. If you have any means to contact their superiors, please do so, and let them know what a great job they did!! They were so knowledgeable and friendly. They told us a lot of the history of the islands which I was fascinated by. The shark feeding excursion was again fantastic.Feeding the stingrays was a great experience, and the picnic lunch on the Motu was superb. The snorkeling afterwards was just awesome. Our tour guide was Ziggy, again a most exceptional person.  Every excursion we did was so unique. When we were done, we would just be in awe of the history, the knowledge, the many languages these guides speak. I can not express how impressed we were.
 
One thing I thought you might like to know. Even though we did the jeep tours, on Moorea we rented a bugster and went around the island by ourselves. This was a fantastic experience also. It gave you a totally different aspect of the island. I don't know if it was because we were out in open and could stop at our leisure, but I am so glad we did that. I think we would have missed some of the beauty of the island had we not done this. I have to say my favorite bungalow was the over the water bungalow. Not that the others were bad, they were very nice. But being a person who loves the ocean it was magnificent to feed the fish in the mornings. So many beautiful fish would come right up to us. We also were lucky enough to have a few stingrays visit us. My biggest thrill was the Octopus that came right up by us and spread out on a rock for me to get a photo. To open the shutters and the doors and let the ocean breeze come through the bungalow and to hear the ocean while we fell asleep was so incredible.
 
As you can see, we totally enjoyed our vacation and took in every unique moment we were there. Words can not describe the beauty of these islands or our experience there, and we most certainly will remember it forever. 
 
Thank you again for all your help and guidance with our miraculous  journey.
 
Rick & Cheryl
 
Everyone needs to stop at Bloody Mary's while in Bora Bora!
Rick and Cheryl living large in Tahiti!
 
 
Gotta LOVE your Tatoo Cheryl!!!
That is definately authentic!

Someone got a new TATOO!
 
 
 
 Celebrating a SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY!
A trip to Bora Bora is not complete without a visit to Bloody Mary's! 
Gayle,
We had such a fabulous time!  I still can't describe to people how
beautiful it was.  We felt like we were in a computer-generated
background! 

Thank you again for your help.  If you ever need a testimonial, let me
know!  I will try to call you with some of the highlights (and
restaurant, tour info) that you can share with future Tahiti travelers.

Dana and Merle Glaser
Wausau
 
Glasers loved their overwater bungalow!
 

 

Special 25th Anniversary in BORA BORA!

Dawn and Dean Macier spent their 25th Anniversary in BORA BORA! Imagine talking your husband into a 5 night trip like this and then they wished they could have stayed longer!@!

Dawn said the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach was Beautiful! The overwater bungalow they had was the best and last one. They were upgraded to the most private bungalow on the end of the pier. Room #63! Breakfast was good. Thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the Sofitel. Liked the smaller resort.


The Villa Mahana Restaurant they visited off property was expensive but worth it. Fantastic. Must make reservations.

Loved all the tours they took while in Bora Bora. 4WD Safari Tour, Lagoonarium and the motu picnic were so great they went back to an ECO tour.  The Coral Gardens were right there to enjoy. Saturday had lunch at Bloody Mary's.

Ia orana Gayle,

 

I want to thank you for all that you did to help make our vacation/25th Anniversary so much more than we could have imagined. Many words come to mind to describe our Bora Bora experience – incredible, amazing, and beautiful - but I think “Paradise” is the most fitting. We were given the best OWB at the Sofitel (#63) and Anita made sure anything we needed was taken care of along with some wonderful surprises. All of the staff were wonderful. We enjoyed it so much we are planning to go back again for our 30th.

 

Maruuru!!!!!!

 

Dawn 

 

Sounds like a successful special 25th Anniversary trip!  ....and more to come!

CELEBRATING A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY IN BORA BORA, MOOREA AND TAHITI!!!

Thanks, Gayle. It was everything you promised -- truly paradise on Earth.  We loved all three Intercontinental hotels -- and were very thankful to have the demi-pension with the weak dollar!  We loved the excursions on Moorea and enjoyed hanging out in Bora Bora -- probably the prettiest place I have ever been.  And I adored the French food and using my ancient French language skills. 

Thank you.  We took both cameras, the zoom lens and have probably 1000 amazing photos.  Karen and Ron Fickel


PS-We have stopped saying that Tahiti was a "trip of a lifetime" because we want to go back!

Fire dancers oh my!

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY IN TAHITI ON THE PAUL GAUGUIN & AN OVERWATER BUNGALOW

 

40th Anniversary

 

Carl and Sue Baker celebrated their 40th anniversary in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and on the exclusive Paul Gauguin Cruise in the South Pacific!  Imagine the azul blue waters and overwater bungalows!!!  Sue said she was so tan her friends didn't recognize her when she got back.  The Sofitel in Moorea was beautiful but they both thought the service was lacking because of short staffing at the time.  The Intercontinetal Hotels were great in Tahiti and the overwater bungalow in Bora Bora was fabulous.

Special Anniversary Celebration for in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahaa'a and Vahine Island!

Gayle,

Our Tahiti anniversary trip was Excellent!  Over the top! Perfect.  Everything ran smooth. 

Moorea: Thanks for suggesting the Hilton Moorea first for snorkeling.  Totally enjoyed it.  We are new snorkelers now.  Went to Rudys which was good, but the Italian restaurant Le was really good!

The Four Seasons Bora Bora was a bit too perfect.  Not as Polynesian as the rest. Snorkeled with the sharks and stingrays here. Went to Le Vanilla restaurant. So much food and expensive.

Le Tahaa'a and Vahine Island were our favorites! Picturesque and pristine.  Could have just stayed there and would go back for sure.  Learned all about the Vanilla plantations and pearl farms and how they are made. Loved the coral garden snorkeling at Tahaa'a. Vahine Island  had the best food here.  Had our own personal chef! Only 10 people here. Loved it.

Really loved our vacation, enjoyed everything.  Don't know how we can top this one! 

Roger and Jan

A repeat trip to Tahiti for their Anniversary

Loved their trip back to Paradise!Hi Gayle,

The trip as a whole was excellent.

We ended up at an over water bungalow at the end of the far eastern pier, so the privacy was nice. We did have to wait 4 hours to get our room, but that was expected since we got to the hotel at 8:00 am and check in wasn't until 2. Unfortunately, it was raining so we couldn't just kill the time sitting by the pool or lagoon. Tuesday was pretty much a rainy day except for the morning. The rest of the trip had perfect weather. I was just happy that it cleared up for our dinner on the beach Wednesday night.

We did do an ATV tour with Damon, whom we met on the ferry ride from Tahiti to Moorea. He took us to Belvediere, Magic Mountain, and the distillery, with some other local stops along the way. I would definately recommend it to anyone who is going. I would also recommend eating at Rudy's. It was definately the best meal we had on Moorea.

The bad part was definately out of your control and not in the scope of what we booked through you. It took Air Tahiti Nui 45 minutes from when we landed to get us our bags, which made us miss our Delta connection. Delta had no flights for us until Tuesday (this was on a Sunday) so we spent a nice chunk of money to get into O'hare sunday night just so that we could get home.

Stingrays are friendly here 

 

Thanks for all of the help along the way. We have already started to think about our next trip (probably Bora Bora / Tahaa), but that won't be for a few years.

 

Thanks,

Justin

 

When we first went to Bora Bora, my dad asked if it was as good as the pictures and I told him no, it was much better. Unless you see it in person, you will never understand.

"WOW, I LOVE THIS QUOTE FROM JUSTIN!!  MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY,"  GAYLE ZIELKE, TAHITI TIARE.

 An Amazing Anniversary celebrated in Tahiti and Australia!

Diane and Eddie in Tahiti

Hi Gayle:

We had a fabulous vacation - it was everything we hoped for. Moorea was beautiful, especially Cook's Bay. The Bali Hai was nice enough, clean and no bugs, but the price and especially the scenery was well worth it. Our cruise was super too. Although we have so many incredible memories, I'd have to say my favorite experience was holding a koala bear. The flights went smoothly (although we hated LAX - what a dump) and all the transfers too. I appreciate you taking care of all that for us. Our location in Darling Harbour was very nice - easy to walk to all the Darling Harbour activities. I'm not sure if we will ever be able to top this trip - it was truly the dream trip of a lifetime!

Fun in Moorea

Thanks again,

Diane

 

20th Anniversary at the Hilton Intercontinental, Hilton Moorea and the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort

Hi Gayle

We're home and I'm already back in Canada where it is 52 degrees today. A long way from Tahiti.

Moorea and Bora Bora were great, I've never seen such beautiful water in my life. Susie and I were very impressed with the way you and your staff had everything perfect. We got upgraded for free at both resorts and the overwater bungalows were much better than I could have imagined. They were absolutely beautiful. We spent one night in a garden bungalow and that was real nice but nothing in comparison to the overwaters. In Moorea we could snorkel right off our deck and in Bora Bora we woke up to one of the best views there could be in the whole world. The bed faced a huge window pointing across brilliant turqoise water right at the biggest mountain on the main island. Fantastic!

We got upgraded to an overwater in moorea after the first night to one overlooking the beach and that one was real nice. I asked and was planning on paying some if it wasn't too much, it took awhile but she said it was all taken care of. Very nice!   Then when we got to Bora Bora we were supposed to have a Saphire bungalow but they put us in a Diamond and I swear there couldn't have been a better view in the whole place!.

I highly recommend the excursions we went on. The ones you booked for us were great. The shark and ray feeding was good but we could have skipped the motu after. Too long and boring. The atv ride was excellent. Really exciting, informative and got to see the backcountry. Better than I ever would have thought. The helmet dive in Bora Bora was fun. Glad we did it and the people were very nice. Bloody Mary's would have been nice but we couldn't enjoy it because we were feeling a little sick. I HIGHLY recommend eating only at the hotels and not out at local restaurants. Just our experience but we have a good reason for saying it. We did some other excursions on our own and people should not miss them. We rode jet skis around Bora Bora and that was well worth it and one of our best days. The ULTIMATE excursion though was snorkeling with Christoph in Bora Bora. You should ask for him exclusively since we heard some complaints about some other snorkeling trips. This guy is great, it leaves from the intercontinental and it was the best snorkeling you could have and real reasonably priced. He has a love for what he's doing and it really shows. Air Tahiti was one of the nicest airlines I've ever flown but I will never use Air Tran again. Almost missed our connection at LAX.

The only complaints I have would be some of the food, Air Tran and the drinks at the bar are just completely ridiculous. Highly over priced, not very good and not much of them. At happy hour you can get a $25 martini that would fit in a shot glass. You warned us about that so I knew it was coming but it was still a shock. If you go to the store on any island you can get a carton of Tahiti Drink which costs like $7 and has rum already mixed and it's real good. Lot's of people were buying it. They do have scuba diving for beginners that we didn't find out about until the last day and we were told from people we really missed out. You said there wasn't much night life and you were REALLY right. Also you said it was very casual which I told my wife but she was a little mad when people were dressed up quite a bit more than her at every meal.

Lastly I would like to say the best part of our trip was how easy it was. We've traveled alot but I can't remember using a travel agency where EVERYTHING went right. The itinerary was perfect and we had all the vouchers done right. Everybody was expecting us and we got many perks ( and some big ones) because we used you. We talked to some other couples who definitely did not have the same experience with their travel agent. We will recommend you to everyone and certainly use you in the future. Feel free to use us as a reference anytime.

Thanks for a wonderful trip and making our 20th wedding anniversary so special!

Todd and Susie Tabat 

 

From Gayle, Tahiti Tiare Specialist: "WOW! I absolutely love these wonderful comments from all my clients.  I really feel like I am part of these exciting once in a lifetime events and celebrations.  I can't wait to hear how my clients love their trips. This never gets old and I get just as excited as they do. I am so grateful to have such amazing clients to work with.  Makes all the special contacts I have made and all the traveling to these great destinations especially for my clients...all worthwhile!!" 

REPEAT TAHITI GUESTS..this time Moorea and Rangiroa!

Check out these great pictures from Joan and Ronnie! Great underwater and out of the water.... Barbara Warwick's Tahiti album!

 

 

  These two are experienced divers and know the Tahitian islands
 
Hi Gayle!
 
Sofitel was great, as expected. Our last day on Moorea was delightful, our flight departed at 5pm so they extended our check out so we could snorkel and enjoy the ocean. We saw hump back whales that morning! Sitting on our bungalow deck enjoying our coffee watching the surf as it hit the reef on the horizon and there it was .... HUGE hump back at the surface. Was certainly highlight of the day.
 
Rangiroa was ok ..... hotel was ok. They say they have A/C but it really isn't ..... which was still ok. Ocean breeze cooled our room. The facility was fine .... just lack of services. Maybe difference between tuamotu's and society islands?? Not very friendly, just adequate. Water and surrounding area was breath taking.
 
Diving was OK ..... I know you are not a diver but in case you book travel for divers ..... the current is fast. So it's an adenaline rush but you cant really enjoy the diving. It's "tourist" trap to me .... sounds exciting but it isn't all that great, poor visibility.You DO HOWEVER have the opportunity to see some very BIG and unusual sea life (we didn't, but the opportunity IS there)  BUT here is the big thing on Rangiroa .... very unconcerned w/ safety. I've never dove w/ any dive shop so unconcerned w/ safety. We are advanced divers so we felt comfortable. We know my husband uses more air than I do, we also know how to buddy up, share air and safely come to the surface but we have never gone diving where the dive master readily tells you to push it to unsafe low levels of air ..... would never recommend them to a recreational/occasional diver. 
We liked the slow pace of Rangiroa and the remoteness of it ..... very beautiful area of the south pacific. The travel though was hell .... to do over, I'd stay within the society islands OR venture out to atolls.... not both.  Too much travel time blown with infrequent flights and etc.
 
Moorea was great, Sofitel was magnificent as expected. Really relaxed. The snorkeling is the best I've ever done ...... better than the diving this trip. Apparently, hurricane Ollie wiped out a tremendous amount of coral (we could see the vast difference from 2 yrs ago) through out the islands so it has effected the diving greatly.  We snorkeled off our bungalow every day, it was world class........ While we were disappointed in the diving .... that's kind of just happens now and then .... Moorea is so beautiful that you just can't complain when you're in paradise.  We had a great trip ..... got home safe, fat and happy! 
 
(Just for dive trip information .... dive conditions change when hurricane come through and many dive shops will tell you the dive conditions .... these didn't. Maybe recession? Maybe not wanting to discourage travelers ..... had we known we would have planned on diving a little less and relied on other activities .... it will take many many, many years to return those waters to the previous dive conditions. We feel fortunate to have dove in them two years ago ... its really a remarkable change ...... there were however, many sharks! Just like last time! )
If I think of anything else, ill let ya know...... was great trip. 
Joannie

 

Repeat Tahiti guests return to BORA BORA!

Sofitel Bora Bora & Private Island

Hi Gayle,

The trip was great, very relaxing.  I swear we got the best rooms (island mountain side & island over water) that they have.  The only bad thing was the long (6 hours) wait at the Tahiti airport coming home.  I wish we could have waited at the resort for at least 3 hours of that time. 

 Also the Sofitel Tahiti hotel on the way to Bora Bora was not the best (clown curtains on 2 walls and no hot water) it was OK because we were on our way to paradise. 

And 1 of our suitcases got hit by a bus, but it was old and needed to be replaced anyhow, we just duct taped it for the rest of the trip. 

We met an opera singer, a motivational speaker, a banker, a dentist and an eye doctor.  It was a wonderful trip.  We spent a lot of time on our porch drinking, talking and playing a game we call “who can pick the best song on the iPod to match the situation”. 

We do plan on returning to Bora Bora in a few years.

Michelle 

PS: The curtains did not have clowns on them, they had bright red, blue, green & yellow vertical strips on them that reminded us of a circus tent, especially because 2 entire walls were covered with them, we had an end room. 

Another funny thing that happened there is we locked ourselves out on our balcony.  Mike went out for a cigar and told me I should come out and listen to the Tahitian music playing in the distance.  I shut the door because the a/c was on not knowing that it automatically locked.  About 15 to 20 minutes went by until a nice man below called the front desk for us.   

You are right about the interior view and the beach.  It was very nice in the morning to walk out there after our coffee and look around.  I would stay there again for 12 hours if I had too to get to the Sofitel in Bora Bora!

The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island…Bar none the best place on the Island and maybe in the Social Island chain.  We heard from many folks that where traveling around the area and they all said the same.  Oh and I kind of liked the red leather furniture in the lobby.  The best advice you can give some heading to this resort is the grocery store 5 minutes down the road.  If you head out the main lobby and to the left there is a little local store about 500 yards down.  Everything is a fifth the price including water!  They had chips and snacks, beer, wine, various liquors (Imports are high in price but less then resort), soda and cheap water.  Two tropical drinks at the bar will set you back $40!!!  I can’t believe anyone pays that! Why?  They don’t even care if you take beer to the pool and sit there by the bar.  I guess if you’re sprouting money out the whassoo you can ignore that but I bet some people had a huge shock at the end of their stay.

Mike

Gayle’s response: This could happen to anyone but this couple makes the best out of any situation they are in! Great to keep a sense of humor..and adventure.. when you are traveling, you just never know what might come up!

30th Anniversary

Gary and Gayle Zielke... Your Midwest Certified Tahiti Tiare celebrated a special 30th anniversary in Tahiti!  What better way to celebrate an anniversary than in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora or Moorea! 

Our overwater bungalow was amazing!Who carved this big guy?

 In Tahiti you want to just JUMP in that clear aqua water and experience an up close and personal relationship with a fish or two!  Nice looking Merman!
Fish and Coral are so colorful
You cannot believe how amazing Bring that underwater camera for unbelievable sights.Bora Bora and Moorea are until you get to experience it yourself!  All the pictures are just like you see.  No doctoring up of pictures necessary in Tahiti!!! Always something exciting to see in Tahiti!
 
Gary and Gayle love their Tahiti Anniversary Vacations!
 
 


 
No trip to Bora Bora would be complete without visiting Bloody Mary's Restaurant.  I like the open air atmosphere here and the fun people you will meet from all over the world!  Choose your own seafood or steak!
 
 More about Gayle Zielke, YOUR Tahiti Tiare Specialist
 
 

"I love it when all my clients I send to Tahiti and her islands come back 100% satisfied!  They LOVE Tahiti as much as I do!!" says Gayle Zielke, Tahiti Tiare.  There is no other place like it!!

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