Bora Bora is more scenic thus more spectacular during sunsets thus more romantic. The over water bungalows of the Sofitel Motu is very nice. Nice way to spend 5-6 days for a 10th anniversary get away from it all holiday... then hit Tahiti (Papeete) during Heiva (carnival of french polynesia)
Drew, what don't you like about Moorea ? It was my impression that a Bora Bora & Moorea trip was a good combination for a 10 night trip.
You didn't miss much by not diving there.
The only two i wish i had dove are Tahiti and Tikehau.
Agreed! Rangiroa and Manihi rocks!
When you compare it to some of the other big animal areas (Eastern Pacific) where you have a higher chance of poor viz, cooler water and rock rather than reef, having a bad weeks diving in the Tuamotus is still pretty good!
There's more to life than diving, esp when you have a significant other/spouse/shag of the month with you.
Personally, i wouldn't bother with Bora-Bora, i found it to be overpriced and the diving to be no better than Mo'orea, yes they have Mantas, but when i was there the new resort being built had scared them away from their usual cleaning station.
Mer** Ve luv ze Amahreekans. I agree on the polynesian cordiality. However, I think to be fair, not all french are rude to the 'unfrench'.
As for the attitude of the French towards non-english speakers i think that its true that they do treat someone differently who doesn't speak French, but that's the same in France so don't take it personally!! The Tahitians are very warm people who will normally go out of their way to help you if you know a few words in Tahitian or French.
I think it's more about that certain war that we shan't talk about here and that certain president who has helped perpetuate the hatred.
I also think that the attitude of the French towards Americans got a little worse when the US changed the rules about flights in transit having to disembark, meaning on their flights to and from the homeland they had to put up with TSA, which isn't a fair reflection of a Nation (USA), as i don't think many Americans enjoy it either! Not an excuse but may help you to understand.
Exactly, research and realize you have to pay for the remoteness of the area.
Yes Tahiti is silly expensive, but i think it is worth it if you do your research and know what to expect, oh and take a phrase book for some banter with your French guides.
Btw how did you find the diving in Apataki?