Maximum hotels and tour operators accept payment in US dollars as well. My passion for travel started as a kid and stem from my endless curiosity for exploring new countries and experiencing new cultures. In researching, the only resort in French Polynesia I found that offered a full-all inclusive package was Le Meridien Bora Bora. To my understanding the resort itself is not an all-inclusive but they do offer an all-inclusive package . If you’re looking to enjoy French Polynesia without breaking the bank, check out my How to Afford Tahiti blog post.
She now heads up a variety of special projects at TPG when she isn’t exploring the world with her own two girls. It is sliced into cubes and marinated in coconut milk, lemon juice, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, garlic and spring onion. Considering the first settlers to the Maldives came from India and Sri Lanka, a lot of the food here has an Indian twist.
Many visitors to both locations choose to purchase a meal plan through their resort which can save a lot of money. Yes, you can absolutely jump into the water when staying at overwater bungalows – obviously you need to gauge how deep/shallow the waters are. The good thing is Maldives is getting more and more affordable , lets hope Tahiti will follow suit 🙂 In terms of being better priced, Id say Maldives. Because they have a big range of accommodation hence rates are more competitive. Resort activities are the same with Tahiti and Maldives – snorkel gear is free, and all resorts have their own activity/dive centre. Both have day trips to other nearby islands or snorkelling/diving spots, etc its really almost identical in terms of activiity.
Major difference is airport location and alcohol availability. Maldivian food is based on a lot of curry, coconut and seafood. I sampled seafood that’s tipping puerto rico grilled over coconut-infused charcoal in Kurumba Maldives and it was really heavenly. Tahiti , the island was itself formed through volcanic activity.
But bear in mind too, that the bigger number of hotels with restaurants are, the more chances of mediocre food there will be. It can sometimes be a hit and miss in food quality here, but overall we had a pleasant dining experience. The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.com receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site .
Compare this with the flight time from the USA to the Maldives which is at least 27 hours. From LAX, you take a 16-hour flight to Dubai where you will change for an onward flight to the Maldives. A visit to the glow-in-the-dark beach at Vaadhoo Island is a magical experience. Here, the sand around your feet will glow due to bioluminescent microorganisms.
At first look, these dream-worthy destinations are equally attractive and offer unforgettable experiences for tourists. However, the difference between Bora Bora and Maldives is in the location, the vibes, the culture, and the travel expenses. When it comes to LGBTQ+ travelers, laws in French Polynesia – Bora Bora is much more relaxed than in Maldives. This is because gay marriage is legal and acceptable in Bora Bora since 2013, making it easier for same-sex couples to honeymoon here. To reach the Bora Bora island, you must land at Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti, followed by an air transfer to Bora Bora by Air Tahiti.
Most of these are internationally-owned luxury hotel chains (Four Seasons, Intercontinental. Le Meridien Sofitel, Hilton, St Regis). If going with an international brand, the lowest priced option will be a 4-star hotel at the minimum. (The most popular ‘middle option’ in Bora-Bora would be the Hotel Mai Tai) From luxury hotels, the next step down are usually locally owned lodges and inns.