Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Travelling from the Hilton Moorea to the InterContinental Thalasso

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Moorea to Bora Bora

Bora Bora From Our Plane

Daraius:  We arranged for transportation to the airport in Moorea through the Hilton.  We paid 1,200 XPF (~$13) per person for a shared van to the airport.  We had checked out at 7:30 am and gone straight for our whale watching expedition in the morning.

We got back to the hotel around noon and went for a walk outside before returning at 12:45, 15 minutes before our transfer.

We arrived at the airport around 1 hour before departure time, checked in, and waited for our plane.

Moorea to Bora Bora

Check-in at Moorea Airport

The airport is very small and there is NO security.  You just walk to the plane!  I couldn’t get over the novelty!

The 45 minute flight from Moorea to Bora Bora cost $247 per person on Air Tahiti (different from international airline Air Tahiti Nui).  You can’t redeem miles for this flight, but you could use Citi Thank You points where 1 point = 1.33 cents towards air travel, Chase Ultimate Rewards where 1 point = 1.25 cents per point towards air travel, or Capital One or American Express Membership Rewards points.

Emily Jablon:  There was no restaurant or fast food at the airport.  Poor Daraius had a lunch of a Magnum caramel chocolate ice cream bar and Pringles Sour Cream and Onion potato chips.  I packed powerbars for myself because of my fish allergy, so I had one of those, plantain chips, and mango slices (I stocked up at Trader Joe’s before our trip in case I could not eat locally due to my fish allergy).

Moorea to Bora Bora

Walk to the Plane

The plane was a small propeller plane.

Moorea to Bora Bora

Plane to Bora Bora

The Moorea airport was tiny.

Moorea to Bora Bora

Small Airport Terminal

And the airport in Bora Bora was small as well.

Moorea to Bora Bora

Bora Bora Airport

We read that the best seats, for the flight into Bora Bora, were on the left side of the plane.  So we lined up for boarding as soon as our incoming flight landed in Moorea.  The view from the plane was very pretty.

Daraius:  We didn’t realize it at the time, but the crab claw-like arrangement of overwater bungalows in the bottom left portion of the picture below was the InterContinental Thalasso resort where we stayed for 2 nights!

Moorea to Bora Bora

Welcome to Paradise!

Emily Jablon:  Be sure to sit either close to the front of the plane or close to the back of the plane othwerwise you could wind up with a lovely view of the propellers!

Moorea to Bora Bora

Moorea to Bora Bora

After we landed, we went to the InterContinental welcome booth at the airport and picked up our bags.

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30 responses to “Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Travelling from the Hilton Moorea to the InterContinental Thalasso

  1. Looks pretty foggy and cloudy. That seems pretty pricy for a 45 minute flight! I just booked Maui to Honolulu and it was $60. Have you been to Kauai? I would highly recommend it. Check out my trip report so far in my blog.

  2. That prop plane looks bigger than I thought. Some inter island prop planes are considerably smaller than that.

  3. You haven’t been to Hawai’i?? My, oh my!!! You’ve GOT to go. Hawai’i no ka oi (is the best)! This is my favorite getaway, by far and I make it a point to go at least a couple of times a year (of course, it’s much easier for us left coasters to get there).

    It is so beautiful, so easy to get to, so easy to get around, is part of the US, and yet is so exotic. I am sure you’ll love it! 🙂

    • @KateFromCA – My, oh my indeed! We’re thinking of going there next year, but there’s only so much vacation days available.

      @Dyhppy – You can use Ultimate Rewards for Papeete to Bora Bora, but that means fewer points to transfer to United or Hyatt or elsewhere and you get a redemption value of 1.25 cents. But do what makes sense for you as long as you are happy with the trade off (saving cash vs. saving miles for future use).

  4. Hawaii IS great but Darius and Emily went to BORA BORA. Not exactly on the same level. At least in terms of water color, overwater accommodations an exclusivity. Thank you guys for the step by step guide. Can’t wait to read more. Didn’t know you could use ultimate rewards pts for the flight. Do you recommend doing that for ppt to bora bora?

  5. KateFromCA, visit Bora Bora, then let us know if Hawaii “is the best”.

  6. Beautiful pictures! This is indeed a honeymoon to cherish! Btw, isnt hawaii often referred to as “the poor man’s tahiti”… just saying 🙂

  7. You lie MMS. That top picture isn’t Bora Bora.

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  16. Is the $247 roundtrip or each way per person?

  17. I second Maury’s question. Great mind think alike.

  18. Hi! What were the limits with luggage on this flight…we’re traveling for our honeymoon too and wondered if we’d have to pay extra. We love your blog…thanks for the great pictures and advice!

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  24. That first picture is Moorea. Fish, bananas, taro, etc. are the primary foods of Pacific islands. You shouldnt even expect more. Everything else has to be imported. Why would you even go here if you can’t eat fish?! And when the outside world considers your island group to be paradise, well then demand is high, prices are high, inter island flights are expensive and the planes are bigger (duh) to handle higher volume. All of the building and tourism expansion, and everything else that is being done to the islands now is a sacrilege.I’m glad I went 20 years ago and got to know the people. Even more amazing are the people and culture of the Cook Islands. Hopefully you guys wont go there. Polynesians are the most amazing spiritual people on earth. Seems like you guys miss every clue while you’re comparison-shopping bags of Funyons…. With all due respect…

  25. If you attempt to follow a similar itinerary as Daraius you can use the Bora Bora Pass from Air Tahiti. This forgoes the need to take the ferry and you can take the 10 minute flight to Moorea instead; perhaps this was not an option when Daraius traveled.

    I just returned from my Honetmoon and used the pass to fly this route PPT-MOZ-BOB-PPT. The pass costs approxiamtely US$500 per adult and is good for 28 days. It includes 3 other island on the pass. There are various pass types to select from to accomodate your specific island itinerary.

  26. Hi Darius. Thank you so much for all of this information. One question on the flight – can you use miles to book straight to Bora Bora from the US or do you have to use the miles to get to Pappette then you’re on your own getting to Bora Bora?