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By Real Brides-to-Be
By: | Posted: 06/25/2012
This past weekend I had my last shower and it was honeymoon themed. The Fiance and I are going to Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti, so the hosts held a beautiful Polynesian-inspired luncheon, which got Bora Bora on my mind. I'm sad to say that with the madness of planning the wedding, the honeymoon fell off our radar for awhile. But now I'm dreaming of huts over the water, white sandy beaches, and all the frozen cocktails a girl can imagine.
We started the planning process earlier this year. We were all over the board about where we wanted to be. My only stipulation was that there was one of those huts over the water, and we went someplace either far enough away or exotic enough that we probably wouldn't go there for a family vacation later in life. The Fiance and I both love to travel, so we've already been fortunate enough to hit some pretty cool locales, so choosing a final destination took some time. We narrowed our choices down to Bali, Fiji, or Bora Bora. Our parents weren't crazy about the idea of Bali, and it was proving to be quite difficult to get to Fiji (because it crossed the international date line, travel time would be have lengthy), so we honed in on Bora Bora. The Fiance and I both love to golf, so we wanted to be able to hit the links once or twice, and unfortunately our research indicated that there weren't any courses on Bora Bora, which is why we refocused our efforts beyond Bora Bora to Moorea. It's a small island off the coast of Tahiti, and we've heard amazing things.
Once we settled on the French Polynesian, we had to book our flights. We started looking at prices and flight times in January for our July 30 departure, and we finally narrowed down the right price and schedule by early March. The Fiance and my checked delta.com regularly to see if there were deals, and we pooled together a slew of miles and points to make the reservation. One tip: Pay attention to whatever points you have with various credit cards and airlines. We were able to make our flight and hotel reservations almost entirely with points and miles.
Once the flights and hotels were booked—we did some serious research on accommodations via travel books (make sure the copyright is current) and Trip Advisor—we took a break from the plans to refocus on the wedding. We started to refocus our effort about three weeks ago when we started our scuba dive training. My one piece of advice for you if you're thinking about doing something crazy like become a certified scuba diver before your honeymoon is to do it well in advance of when you leave. Our nights are already jam-packed with wedding planning tasks, and our dive classes were scheduled for two months before the big day! There's always down-time about six months before the wedding, if I could do this over again, I would have scheduled our classes then (even if it was the dead of winter and getting my tanless body into the pool seemed like the worst idea in the world).
Nonetheless, we completed our scuba school, which prompted us to start looking into other activities we'll want to do on the islands. I've put The Fiance in charge of creating a tentative schedule for the two weeks we are there (from what I understand it's important to establish a mix of fun activities to do and some serious time for relaxation). We're starting to schedule everything from massages (our first day there, and oh man will it be needed) to dinners on the beach and boat rides. Because of the time difference and the language barrier, he's found e-mail is the best form of communication, and the concierges at both hotels will be our new best friend by the time we get there.
One source that's proven to be really helpful is former honeymooners. We've stumbled on about six couples that we know who have been to Bora Bora, and they've shared their advice on what to do and what not to do. One piece of advice we received that I never would have considered was to request the little hut at the end of the dock. Sure, it may be a longer walk, but it's much more private. We've also heard that our scuba dives should be in the morning in the middle of our trip. Since you can't fly within roughly 48 hours of diving, this made sense, but still, it was good to be reminded.
I'll be sure to add a post honeymoon synopsis for you all, and there I'll share all the fun tricks of the trade I hope to learn. Meanwhile, where are you going on your honeymoon? Do you have any tips for us? Please share with us here or on our Facebook page!
Kara is a communications manager at U.S. Bank. See her engagement story.
Taylor is a magazine editor at MSP Communications. See her engagement story.
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