When I booked our honeymoon with Costco, I had them price quote the various excursions while I did more price comparison and shopping around. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise since Groupon came along and dropped $500 in my lap to work with. When I contacted Classic Vacations, the pricing was a bit better than what Costco was quoting me for excursions. With $1K, we got the most bang for our buck and I booked it as close as I could to 1K to use up every last penny.
On Moorea, we picked the Ray and Shark Feeding with Motu Picnic and we splurged on the Apnea dolphin experience. For Bora Bora, we did chose another Coral Gardens Snorkeling/Ray and Shark Feeding. We had some concerns of the two ray and shark excursions being too similar, but it worked out to our benefit.
The pricing Classic Vacations quoted ranged from being $20-40 cheaper per person. There are some tours that are definitely worth purchasing ahead of time, but some of the other excursions seemed to be availability when we arrived there so booking ahead of time isn’t necessary.
While we were on Moorea, we rented a car through Albert’s and drove around Moorea to explore (more on that in a later post). In Bora Bora, we made it onto Vaiteepe and hired a driver who had a classic LandRover who took us on a tour and took us offroading. It was actually a really nice tour without the pressures of the other tours that are geared towards pushing the visitors to buy everything and anything. We didn’t have any shopping stops and only had scenic stops.
Once I had everything booked all we did was try to go on with life as much as normal, twiddle our thumbs and wait in anticipation!