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25th wedding anniversary

North Carolina USA
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25th wedding anniversary

For our 20th wedding anniversary we visited Moorea for 4 nights, Bora Bora for 5 nights and Manihi for 4 nights. My husband’s favorite was Manihi. We are now thinking about Kinda doing it again for our 25th which will be next year. As we are from NC, we have the Caribbean very convenient but it is not near as beautiful as French Polynesian. So we were thinking about 3 remote islands for 4 nights each. I am now a certified diver, alas my husband is not. I want to dive but we really want a perfect snorkeling trip like 5 years ago. We would wake up very early as the east coast time difference never really caught up with us. We would snorkel for an hour, have breakfast, snorkel, have lunch, snorkel, have dinner. I think you get the picture; we are water freaks. Thinking about Manihi again, Tikehau or Rangiroa and Nuku hiva or Hiva Oa. Just really starting the research. The air trips to the Marquesas Islands may make them undesirable. Suggestions, Comments, Considerations??

Also, can not remember what is Half board versus full board??

Does full board include alcohol?

Last time we only did breakfast at two of the resorts as we wanted to explore the island for dinner, but as we will be staying in remote islands, we will just go half board (breakfast and dinner right??) unless full board includes beer ad wine.

Bellevue, Washington
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1. Re: 25th wedding anniversary

Half-board includes breakfast and dinner. Full board includes lunch too. In my experience unless specifically mentioned none of those includes alchoholic drinks

Edited: 11 June 2010, 21:25
Mesa, Arizona
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2. Re: 25th wedding anniversary

You might want to reconsider the Marquesas, which are a 3-hour flight (and expensive!) from Tahiti. Also, Nuku Hiva has no reef around it, so no lagoon, and the shores are shark-infested, so it's not the best place for snorkeling.

santa barbara,CA
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for French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tahiti
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3. Re: 25th wedding anniversary

Hi there,

Wow...25 years...congrats in advance!!

Your meal plan question was answered above and I also agree that the Marquesas don't seem to be what you are looking for, so I'll skip that part.

I would suggest that Tikehau would be a fantastic addition to your trip, as would Rangiroa...and hey why not sneak Manihi in there again too? Tikehau has incredible pink sandy beaches and wonderful snorkeling right off the beach at the Tikehau Pearl Resort. There are deserted motus as far as the eye can see...so grab a kayak and off you go! The resort itself is similar in size to the Manihi Pearl but Nicer overall....still four star. On Rangiroa the Kia Ora is currently undergoing a Major renovation. The bungalows will be truly five star when they are finished!!! The Kia Ora Sauvage (very remote on a motu about 1 1/2 hours away by boat from the Kia Ora main resort) is also currently closed. Great snorkeling and diving in Rangiroa, also remote but with a few things to do...ie: visit the working pearl farm, or the Winery (amazing to me they can grow grapes on a motu), watch the dolphins in the surf at Tiputa Pass or snokel off the beaches. Of course the diving in Rangiroa is world class as well. The Pink Sand tour and the Blue Lagoon tour are both quite memorable. There is also the 3 star Maitai Rangiroa Lagoon Resort (formerly the Novotel) which also has beachfront accomodations. (when I say 3 star I am speaking of American standards)

A trip to the Tuamotus is one of my personal favorites in Tahiti and Tikehau is my fav in this area. Hope this helps abit!

sunny regards,


Courtenay, Canada
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4. Re: 25th wedding anniversary

You won't regret going to Rangiroa or Manihi if you like to dive and/or snorkel. For diving, Avatoru and Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa is an absolute must! "Shooting the Pass" is an awesome advanced dive...several shark species, rays, etc. Must do if you are there.

We stayed in the overwater bungalows in Manihi and did a fair amount of snorkelling in the lagoon....it is average at best and the water can be quite turbid. HOWEVER, if you take one of the resort bikes, and bike away from the airport towards the ?Punaeroa Pass? and visit the dive site "the drop-off"(which is easily accessible from shore), you will discover one of the GREATEST snorkel sites I have ever encountered. Healthy hard coral(not much for soft coral), but loaded with fish and sharks. Ensure u snorkel on the Pacific side of the Pass. I'm jealous!

Hope this helps.

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