Points to Paradise – Introduction to Our Bora Bora Trip

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Introduction
Planning a Trip to Bora Bora on Points and Miles
Bora Bora Essential Packing List
Honolulu in a Day
The Journey to Paradise – LAX-HNL-PPT-BOB
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort
Intercontinental Thalasso Resort and Spa
Activities in Bora Bora
Eating in Bora Bora on a Budget
The Journey Home and a Layover in Papeete – BOB-PPT-LAX

We just returned from our once in a lifetime Bora Bora trip thanks to airline miles and hotel points. I would have never thought about going or affording such a trip otherwise. I would say that Bora Bora definitely exceeded my expectations.  Words cannot express how amazing the place is and even the pictures don’t do it justice, but I attempt to give a glimpse of its beauty through pictures. I now understand why lots of people want to honeymoon there. It is simply the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Hopefully you can use my guide as a reference or get insight on planning a similar trip. I will share most of my tips on redeeming points and saving money in my next post.

Most Amazing Place Ever...

Most Amazing Place Ever…

We spent 1 night in Honolulu, 1 night in Tahiti, 1 night at the Intercontinental Le Moana, and 4 nights at the Intetcontinental Thalasso Bora Bora Resort. We stayed with a relative in Honolulu and an airport motel in Tahiti which I won’t cover much.

This trip was probably the most relaxing trip I’ve taken, yet it surprisingly was not the acclaimed Bora Boring that I’ve heard about. Both hotels in Bora Bora I stayed at had many free activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and water biking. There were also a good amount of activities you could pay for such as jet snorkeling or jeep safaris. We did all the free activities above as well as jet skiing.

I would say the 5 days we spent in Bora Bora was just the right amount of time, although one more day would have been nice. Both Intercontinental hotels were great and the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort was definitely the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at.

For flights we flew using the American Airlines free oneway trick (no longer available) from LAX-HNL, then flew Hawaiian Airlines HNL to PPT(Tahiti main island), Air Tahiti from PPT-Bora Bora roundtrip, and then Air Tahiti Nui (different from Air Tahiti) from PPT-LAX. We were able to use airline miles and hotel points for all hotels and flights, but it did take a lot of time and effort obtaining the points and miles.

Everything is quite expensive in Bora Bora so it’s essential to pack well and know where to save on costs without cutting into the experience.  A well planned trip will make things more convenient, economical, and ultimately a better trip.  

I know that I probably won’t go back to paradise anytime soon so hopefully I can inspire someone to go and live through them.  If there is anything you want me to cover, say so below in the comments.  Thanks!

STUNNING Bora Bora from Above

STUNNING Bora Bora from Above

Mt. Otemanu

Mt. Otemanu

Sting Rays at the IC Thalasso

Sting Rays at the IC Thalasso

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

IC Thalasso Early Morning

IC Thalasso Early Morning

Sunrise from IC Le Moana

Sunrise from IC Le Moana

11 comments for “Points to Paradise – Introduction to Our Bora Bora Trip

  1. Maury
    April 28, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Hi Rom! The pictures are beautiful of course! They are stunning! Congrats! As I have mentioned to you before, my wife and I are going there this July. I have a few questions. You took the free shuttle from Bora Bora Airport to Vaitape? Did you then take a shuttle to Le Moana? Which one is it and how much? Is it really free transportation from Moana to Thalasso? Do you recommend taking own snorkeling equipment or using the free equipment at the hotels? Did you eat at the hotel restaurants? Or did you eat out? At Thalasso, are the jetskis two seaters? What is the price? Thank you so much.

    • April 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Yes we took free shuttle to vaitape and then 2000 xpf to le moana but only charged 1000 bc we got ride from someone else. It was free from le moana to thalasso. Once you are at thalasso you can go to main island for free until 230PM. Bring your own snorkel and you can rent fins. We ate at a restaurant for lunch around le moana and did happy hour or takeout pizza at thalasso. I’ll write more details coming soon. Jet ski was about $320ish to share a jet ski for 2 hours. Worth it I would say.

      • Maury
        April 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        Thank you very much Rom for the tips. I am looking forward to your full trip report.

  2. Frank
    April 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Maybe you already covered, but can you explain your flight route and what award did you use? Partner flights, etc? Also hotel pts thanks

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