Good morning everyone, happy New Year’s Eve! Since today is the last day of the year, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite trip of 2019 and ask my readers to share their favorite trips too. Laura and I got married at the end of July 2019 and we couldn’t do a honeymoon afterward (work & school obligations), so we decided to do a pre-honeymoon to Tahiti and Moorea in June 2019.
I wanted to go to Bora Bora, but the ~$500 round trip flight per person from Tahiti to Bora Bora was a deal breaker. We settled on Moorea (I call it the poor man’s Bora Bora) since it was easy to get to via a 45 minute car/passenger ferry from Tahiti. We had a rental car, so we drove from the Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti (PPT), to the ferry, and then to the beautiful InterContinental Moorea. There was no award nights available for the overwater bungalows, so I emailed the hotel to ask how much the overwater bungalows cost. The hotel said that since I was an IHG Platinum Elite Member (now I am an IHG Spire Elite Member), they would upgrade me 1 hotel room level. I paid for the standard overwater bungalow and when we checked in, we were upgraded to a premium overwater bungalow (same bungalows, just a better location and view).
Here are the views from our overwater bungalow. It doesn’t get much better than this! There was a ladder from the deck that allowed us to get in and out of the lagoon very easily. There was even beautiful coral reefs beneath our deck. The sunrise views and sunset views were amazing.
My cousin and her husband joined us at the InterContinental Moorea (they stayed in another overwater bungalow) and we all had a great time hanging out, stand up paddleboarding around the resort, snorkeling with stingrays and sharks, kayaking to the small island in the distance, riding a catamaran, and going on an ATV ride through the pineapple fields.
Laura and I had an awesome trip and it was great to spend it with my cousin and her husband. I can’t recommend the InterContinental Moorea enough and the staff was fantastic.
That was my favorite trip of the year, what was your favorite trip of 2019? Share your trip details in the comments below. Happy New Year everyone!