Old October 29th, 2012, 06:36 PM
Trackypup Trackypup is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,207
Default Tahiti on Oceania

Hello, we booked for 2014 on Marina. Any must dos for Tahiti? is 10 days too long? We're torn between doing the cruise or a land trip and doing a week in Hawaii and a week in Tahiti.

Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2012, 07:46 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Paul Motter Paul Motter is offline
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 11,005
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter

I think a ship is a great way to see the Society Islands. You want to see Tahiti just because it is Tahiti, and the same with Bora Bora. Moorea is a truly beautiful island, and so it is worth taking a cruise just to see those three.

To me the beauty of the islands is in seeing them which doesn't require a week. I feel the same way about Hawaii - I wouldn't personally want to stay a whole week in one place.

It depends on your temperament, however.

It is a long way to travel, so it makes sense to spend extra time, and there is nothing wrong with seeing Hawaii on the same trip since it is "on the way."
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2012, 08:25 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
storybookcruises.com storybookcruises.com is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Posts: 2,306

We spent a week on the Paul Gauguin and absolutely loved it. Awesome way to see the various islands and of our 43 cruises is our all-time favorite - hands down the best ever!

Afterwards, we spent a week on a private island that was wonderful.

Both were extremely enjoyable for different reasons and I'm not sure I could decide between the two as to which one I liked the most, but if nailed to the wall, I'd have to lean more towards the cruise - just more to see and more to do.

As for which way to go, it's like Paul said, it really depends on your temperament and what you're more leaning towards.

Personally, while I really enjoyed the laid back relaxation of staying in the same place, I also really enjoyed visiting the various islands, trying different foods, seeing the various cultures, and hearing about all the history.

If you do decide to stay in one place, I would not recommend Tahiti. Instead, I would suggest looking at Bora Bora or Moorea. Keep in mind that getting to Moorea is cheaper (about $15 each way) and easier as there are ferries that make the short trip regularly during the day. Plus, the resorts are on the main island. There's also several places on the island to eat and/or shop. Whereas if you go to Bora Bora, you have to fly and the 45 minute flight will run about $450 per person roundtrip. There are very few places to eat and/or shop, but all the resorts are located on the motus surrounding the main island, so you have to take boats to and from the resorts.

But no matter what you decide to do, I know you will thoroughly love every minute of it - it's truly a magical place and it's as beautiful as any of the pictures you've ever seen.

Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/16 yrs exp and 51 Cruises on 12 different cruise lines in many parts of the world! VIETNAM VETERAN OWNED & OPERATED. Certified Accessible Travel Advocate. Specializing in unsurpassed personal service to insure you have a hassle-free vacation!
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2012, 09:00 PM
Trackypup Trackypup is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,207

Thanks guys. We'll probably stick with Marina as I thinks it's a really good price including the air. PG would be considerably more for 7 days vs 10
Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2012, 02:23 AM
JeanW JeanW is offline
Familiar Face
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 43

French Polynesia can be really expensive so a cruise is going to be very good value.

If you want to extend your trip with a few days relaxing on the beach, I'd second the vote for Moorea.
Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2012, 11:41 AM
Mike M's Avatar
Mike M Mike M is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 24,366

You will have a wonderful time and Oceania is a good choice.

The island of Tahiti is ok but the outer Society Islands are what will give you that true tropical paradise. I hope you have some overnights in the itinerary. A great way to see Bora Bora is to rent one of the small cars (basically a golf cart) and explore the island. Stop by the roadside stands and small markets and restaurants. You'll have a ball. I agree with Jean that it can be a bit expensive so plan on eating your breakfasts and dinners on the ship but do try some of the local food for lunch. Or just grab an assortment of tropical fruit from a roadside stand and have a wonderful lunch.

Ask locals where the best beaches are and go there. There is some FANTASTIC snorkeling and diving so make sure to try. On Moorea we rented a car for the day and stopped at a very small, rocky beach that had some local families swimming there. It didn't look like much but it was one of the best snorkeling experiences I've ever had anywhere. BTW: Topless is normal for the beaches so don't be offended.

You will think 10 days isn't long enough.

Take care,
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote


beauty, bora, cruise, cruises, island, lines, marina, oceania, photos, powered, reveiws, reviews, sunbathing, tahiti, tahitian, topless, vbulletin

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is Oceania for us? Trackypup Oceania Cruises 4 September 2nd, 2011 03:48 AM
HAS ANYONE EVER WORKED FOR OCEANIA?? WorldTravelerS Crewmembers 4 September 19th, 2005 04:14 PM
Oceania No mser Disabled Cruisers 4 January 10th, 2005 02:02 AM
Oceania 3/04 easterncanucks Chit - Chat for Cruisers 1 February 1st, 2004 08:48 PM
Oceania cruzunlimited CruiseMates Group Cruises 1 March 10th, 2003 04:52 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:47 AM.
design by: Themes by Design