I am so excited to share this post with you all today! While going through my photos I realized I have just way too many amazing photos to share so I am going to break our Honeymoon Tahiti Trip up into 2 different posts. However I am apologizing in advance for the overload of images!
Today I am going to share some of my favorite moments, where we stayed, what I brought (what I wish I brought!), where we ate, what we did, etc! Oh gosh, so much magic to share with you so here we go...
We traveled to the island of Moorea (Tahiti's sister Island) in French Polynesia. Just an 8 hour flight from LAX then a short ferry ride from the main island of Tahiti to Moorea. We stayed in the overwater bungalows at The Hilton Moorea in bungalow 87 (seriously, amazing it was the farthest bungalow out in the water!) There was so much to do at The Hilton that we only left our resort a few times. Most of the days were spent lounging on our own little doc off our own bungalow. We would wake up each morning around 5:45 and watch the pink + blue sky turn to color as the sun came up. Each morning we threw on our swim suits and ran and cannon balled into the water! That memory I will never forget!
There is kayaking, snorkels, paddle boarding all for free at the resort. We also got up super early to play tennis, notice that backdrop?! It was incredible. One thing I didn't realize about Tahiti was the amazing rain forest cliffs that were directly next to the ocean. I couldn't tell which view was my favorite, the green tropical mountains or the amazing huts over the crystal clear water. Both were absolutely breathtaking!
Packing was easy yet difficult if that makes sense. I knew I needed lots of swim suits, dinner outfits, sunscreen, and sunglasses. I did wear almost everything I brought (yay!!) but here are some tips I learned:
* I brought 7 suits, a mixture of one pieces and bikinis. I wore them all to mix up the tan lines! **I wish I would have brought a high necked swim suit as I got really red on my chest during the middle of the trip and had nothing to cover it. I also wish I brought a swim shirt!! Yes, like the ones little kids wear. Those are not just cutesy shirts for adults they ARE necessary! I ended up wearing one of the only actual t-shirts i brought with me one full day in the water since I could feel my skin burning. side note* I am fair skinned, I used to brun as I child, I thought I grew out of it, guess not!
* Sunscreen! We brought 3 full bottles of 50spf sunscreen and 1 face 50spf sunscreen and used almost all of it! Crazy right? There is no escaping the sun here unless you are inside your hut... but who wants to be inside the hut when you are in paradise?! You literally need to apply sunscreen every hour. NOT KIDDING! We learned our lesson, more than once! Let's just say I came home a little red.
* Water! Drink lots of water! The hotel provides you with 2 free water bottles a day then you pay for any other water. Including any time eating at restaurants! There is no such thing as a glass of iced water unless you buy the bottle. We brought actual sports water bottles from home and refilled ours once in the gym (the only place with free water!) and we also went to town one day and bough water from the market. *side note we also filled our water bottles at breakfast with juice so we could have mimosas in the room!
* Dinner was a mix of dressy, casual, and swim suit attire. I was imagining really dressy dinners.... it was not! I brought one pair of wedges and never worn them. I did get dressed up 2 nights in long maxi dresses, a few nights we ordered pizza and chilled on our dock in our swim suits, and the other times I wore either sundresses, rompers, or shorts and a cute top all with flip flops!
* Tahiti has a different outlet than the standard American outlets. The Hilton had one American outlet in the bathroom but luckily we brought two adapter plugs with us! We had cameras and phones to charge as well as hair dryers and curling irons to run. You can buy outlet adapters at your local Walgreens for $12, so worth it!
We rented these little co-cart type of cars of 8 hours one day and took off to explore the island ourselves! It was the best idea. We were debating on taking an ATV tour but we loved the idea of having our own transportation and seeing the island at our own pace. We headed up to Belvedere mountain, saw black sand beaches, ate at an amazing little side of the road restaurant, checked out the other resorts on the island, went to the pineapple plantation, and climbed to an amazing waterfall! At first I though 8 hours was going to be sooooo long, but it want at all! It flew by.
We did and saw so much more but those were some of the highlights and tips I learned. It was truly a magical place, a bucket list dream come true. If you are worried about being bored or restless you wont be. I find that these photos looking back don't even do the island justice anymore.
Later on this week I will be sharing my favorite photos I snapped and the camera I took with me!
What I packed: