Michaela from Travel Intense

Michaela from Travel Intense

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    Budget accommodation in Tahiti

    Though you wouldn't believe it, you CAN do French Polynesia on a shoestring. Well, still more expensive than South East Asia, but way cheaper than staying in the over-priced overwater bungalows. For accomodations, you have the option of staying on campgrounds, though this is the least comfortable one, and depending on the season (too rainy, to hot) might not be a vacation. Or you go local, and stay in one of te countless "fares" (=pensions) that you find on all islands. Most don't have the perfect white sand beach you are looking for, but it's usually not far to walk, or a shuttle is included. (My favorite fares are these two: Rohotu fare on Bora Bora www.rohotufarelodge.com/ and Vanira Lodge on Tahiti www.vaniralodge.com/). Most fares don't include meals, but there are plenty of local eating options. The best and cheapest are usually the food trucks called roulottes. Most of them show up in the evenings, on some closed supermarkets or car parks space. Just ask your host, and they will be able to point to the closest one. If you haven't decided yet where you want to go, have a look at this overview of the ten French Polynesian islands we visited this spring and find your favorites: www.travelintense.com/eco-travel-destinations/french-polynesia Have fun! over 4 years ago

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    Huahine and Bora Bora

    Each island in French Polynesia has a unique feel. Therefore, Huahine, Moorea and Bora Bora are very different. Self catering beach front bungalows are no where to be found on Bora Bora (according to my knowledge), but you might find them on some of the other islands. For an overview of ten of French Polynesia's islands, have a look at our website: www.travelintense.com/eco-travel-destinations/french-polynesia. It will show you what you can expect and do on the islands. Have fun! over 4 years ago

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    Tell me about the bungalows in bora bora. They look amazing and romantic. $$$$$ ?

    Yes, those bungalows are romantic and amazing. But also highly overprized. Make sure you stay in one that only has a couple of bungalows, otherwise you might feel like in a chicken farm. The big resort chains all have around 100 bungalows, which takes away from the exclusivity in my opinion. Also, be aware that if you stay in one of the bungalows, you will not have a lot of contact with the local population. For that, I would recommend staying in a fare (pension). These are also waaaaay cheaper. In general, I think you should first decide on which island you want to visit, as they are all unique. Here is a little guide that showcases ten islands we visited in French Polynesia earlier this year: www.travelintense.com/eco-travel-destinations/french-polynesia. Read it, and then decide where your trip should go to! Have fun! over 4 years ago

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    Where is the best place to stay in The French Polynesian Islands if we want sun, sand & scuba for adults only?

    The best places for scuba divers are Tahiti, Moorea, Tetiaroa, Bora Bora, Tikehau, Fakarava, and Rangiroa. The latter three are in the remote Tuamotus and have amazing pass dives to offer. Sun and beaches can be found on all of them. You'll hardly have kids around anywhere, as it's a very expensive destination, and most visitors are couples. If you want to decide which island is best for you, have a look at our overview of the ten islands we visited in French Polynesia earlier this year: www.travelintense.com/eco-travel-destinations/french-polynesia over 4 years ago

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    Best overwater bungalows in Bora Bora for a honeymoon couple?

    To be honest, they are all pretty much the same. Some people have made good experiences with the Four Seasons in other parts of the world, so they go there. Other people are fans of the Intercontinental chain. You can't really go wrong with your pick. If you want to know what you can do while you are on Bora Bora, read our recommendations which include diving for your own pearls, visiting canons from World War II and snorkeling with sharks and rays: www.travelintense.com/bora-bora over 4 years ago

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    Heading to Moorea and Bora Bora in a few weeks.

    There is too much to do to write it down here. But we published two great posts on Moorea www.travelintense.com/moorea and Bora Bora www.travelintense.com/bora-bora that will give you plenty of ideas. I just say: dive for your own pearl, snorkel with sharks and rays, explore ancient religious sites and hike the interior! over 4 years ago

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    What is the best way to travel alone up from Sydney to Cairns?

    Check the hostel boards for a lift offer, take the train, or use the Greyhound buses. over 4 years ago

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    Nassau, Bahamas last week of March. One full day.

    Visit Potter Cay Dock for countless food stalls selling authentic local food! over 4 years ago