Having just returned from Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, I have a number of tips for people who have limited time and money.
Plan your flight so that you arrive in Papeete during the day so you can catch a flight straight to Bora Bora. We spoke to a number of people who were not impressed with Papeete, although we did not have any trouble. If you do have to stay in Papeete, the Tahiti Airport Motel is OK for an overnight stay. It is directly up the hill from the airport, a short walk if you don't have too much luggage.
Moorea is OK but it is difficult to get around unless you hire a car. With limited time, head straight for paradise (Bora Bora). We stayed at the Hotel Maitai and it was great. They pick you up from the free ferry from the island where the plane lands (1050 XPFs each), give you a welcoming drink on arrival and leave a fruit platter in your room.
The beach is so relaxing, the water warm and the breeze is like being enveloped in velvet. The hotel restaurant on the beach has very tasty "chicken club sandwiches and chips", which is enough for two after the included buffet breakfast at the hotel.
There is a little supermarket down the road and if you want to swim with the stingrays and sharks, ring Raanui tours. The number is on the map of Bora Bora. Fantastic trip. We swam with stingrays and sharks and saw manta rays and a moray eel. Hotel Maitai could have done with an electric jug in the room, but otherwise, great value for money. Really enjoyable trip. Bora Bora is a taste of paradise.
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