Melissa Lop-Anderson

Melissa Lop-Anderson

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    Huahine and Bora Bora

    I spent 5 weeks in the French Polynesia about a year ago. Get the inter island passes; otherwise, your ticket is about $120 one way to each island and the package is around $500. When I was in Huahine, I stayed with some local people. Most of the good places to stay cannot be found on the internet. It would be possible to just show up and look for signs for a "Fare" which is a private bungalow on someones land. There is a cultural center called the "Fare Pote" that just opened a really cute beachfront bungalow with kitchen that you could look into. There are some nice small hotels there but I'm assuming they are very expensive. It is an island where you can get a place for $30 a night or $300 depending on what you want/need. over 5 years ago

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    Budget accommodation in Tahiti

    The idea of "budget" in the French Polynesia is a bit deceiving. There are extremely few real beaches so if you came to camp and live on a white sand beach you will be extremely disappointed. That is why there are over water bungalows everywhere. The beaches you see are artificial and created for the expensive resorts. It is possible to find some cheap places if you show up on sleepy islands like Huahine. There are a couple cheap places to crash and camp as well. That was my cheapest island. Make sure you can cook your food and buy groceries because the restaurants are geared towards tourists and can be really expensive. The bus system on all islands are extremely unreliable if you look like a tourist. They wouldn't pick me up anywhere but Tahiti. A lot of people hitchhike which is fine if you're not a female traveling alone. You can eat at snack stands for about $8 for lunch and on Tahiti you can get diner for about $15 that way. You can camp on Raiatea at the Sunset Beach Motel but the island is very large and you need a car to get a around. They don't allow bikes for tourists anymore even though they say that they do. Also that was my least favorite island. You can camp on Moorea as well but it is a very sad looking place with no shelter from blazing heat our the downpours. Both of which are extreme. There is nothing to do on that side but surf. The major resorts have all pulled out on that side along with most everything else. My advice is to stay away from the resort islands like Bora Bora and Moorea. Skip Papeete as well. It's not worth paying that huge air fare to go and stay in Papeete which can be very unsafe at night and you would have to take an unreliable bus a very long ways to get anywhere. I think it's about 18km to the beach from there. Also the bus don't run on Sundays or holidays. In the 5 days I was there they had 2 of them. over 5 years ago