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Tahiti Travel Agent

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Tahiti Travel Agent

Hi everyone,

I am looking for suggestions for a travel agent to help plan a honeymoon in Tahiti. We are planning on getting married in Hawaii and leaving from there to travel to Tahiti. We need to return to NYC and are looking for an agent that can help us find one way flights and provide us with a streamlined travel plan, if possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

1. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

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2. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

Find a travel agent who travels to French Polynesia on a regular basis.

Price isn't always the best reason to choose an agent.

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3. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

Kelly - She is a specialist in : Australia, New Zealand and Asia ..............

Her favorite place: Thailand

It's all on her web page

Might want to take Hamara's advise ..............

Edited: 7:30 pm, February 23, 2011
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4. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

You might want to contact Lisa Jones at Santa Barbara travel, (805) 450-0222

Lisa is better known on this forum as Shully who has given more advise than any other person on here.

Lisa travels to French Polynesia often, sometimes as many as 3 trips per year, you can't find another TA who is as knowledgeable about French Polynesia as Lisa on this forum.

Oh, you don't need to mention my name to her if you call : )

Edited: 12:00 pm, February 24, 2011
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I think the events of the last few days would indicate that tossing around agent/agency suggestions and quotes may not be such a great idea. I can't control what one post or a question that is asked but I can control my responses. I for one will not give advise on the open forum in regards to referral or pricing. If anyone was offended by my responses over the last few days I can only say it won't happen again as I will refuse to get involved with heated topics/conversations in the future.

I'm on hear to share my experiences and knowledge of a place I love ...........

With that said please feel free to ask me questions on any topic about FP that does not include referral or pricing .........

Edited: 12:08 pm, February 24, 2011
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The best way to find an agent or a company that specializes in travel to Tahiti is to go to the official Tahiti Tourism site.

http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/

You can click on "resources" to find companies specializes in Tahiti or you can click on "Talk to a Tahiti Specialist" to find a specific "Tiare Certified" agent in your area.

It doesn't hurt to browse the websites of a few of the companies specializing in Tahiti....you can also order a brochure from some of them. That way you can have some sort of idea as to what you might be interested in and what typical pricing may be. THEN you can get more specific and talk to an agent or company or 2 to work out your intinerary. You should go with whoever you are most comfortable with.

There is not one company or one agent who will make everyone happy. Some people are concerned ONLY about the best price, some are more interested in the best personal service.

The only recomendation I will make is to ask the agent when they have last been to French Polynesia and if they have personally stayed at the properties they are recommending.

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8. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

So, is it necessary or recommended to book Tahiti/Bora Bora thru an agent or does expedia, travelocity types websites can do the trick? Also, is it hard to find transfers to the hotels once youa re at the airport, do you recommend pre booking airport transfers thru hotels?

tnx.

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9. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

Yes, you can do it on your own through Expedia or something like that. I wouldn't recommend it, but people have done it successfully. And it won't necessarily be less expensive. Quite often the Tahiti specialists have access to and knowledge of the best deals. You just really have to pay very close attention to all the little details if you do it yourself.

Other than transfers on the island of Tahiti...I would absolutely book your transfers ahead of time.

Edited: 3:15 pm, September 05, 2012
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10. Re: Tahiti Travel Agent

I love to plan my own trips as it stretches out the enjoyment from 10 days in FP to months of planning. Reading these boards and being able to ask Shully, Patti, and Miriam questions is spectacular.

IMHO I would plan out my own trip and then ask a few travel agents for their suggestions and prices. I would follow Patti's advice to look up some specialists but I would not discount a local travel agent if you already have a working relationship with them.

Hawaii to Tahiti and back to NY does not seem that complicated as I believe you need to fly the once a week flight from HNL to PPT which is operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Back is again easy as the most logical choice is Air Tahiti Nui from PPT back to LAX and then the airline of your choice from LAX to JFK/EWR/LGA.

Many of the hotels offers some type of special, generally along the lines of pay for 'x" number of nights and get one free. Based upon what offer may be available when you are traveling this may dictate how many nights you chose to stay at one hotel.

I am not a Tahiti expert but I am becoming quite proficient in obtaining sufficient miles/points via specific credit card offers that I can suggest ways to get award tickets and even Hilton Hotel nights at no charge. This is not a commercial as I do not get anything for my suggestions. PM me if you want additional info.