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Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana – Beach Bungalow

Our stay at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana was part of a three week trip to French Polynesia that included:

3 Nights at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso (Overwater Bungalow)

4 Nights at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana (Beach Bungalow)

4 Nights at the Hilton Moorea (Overwater Bungalow)

6 Nights at the Intercontinental Moorea (Overwater Bungalow)

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana

When booking hotels in Bora Bora it’s very important to figure out exactly how you plan to get there, as transfers from Tahiti to a resort in Bora Bora can easily run over $1200 per couple. That figure consists of $800-$900 for flights to Bora Bora from Tahiti, and $200-$300 for transfers from the Bora Bora Airport to the resort. Luckily, there are a few ways to get around these costs. First, you can’t book the flights to Bora Bora with miles, but you can use points from several different credit cards to bring the cost down. For example, we used the 50k point bonus from Dhara’s Citi ThankYou Premier Card to knock $600 off the flights and only paid about $200 out of pocket.

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Cool Views from the Expensive Flight

As far as expensive transfers to the Intercontinental Le Moana go, you can just skip them. When we booked our 4 nights at the Intercontinental Le Moana we received an e-mail stating that, as the resort is on a different island from the airport, speedboat transfers between the airport and the resort are MANDATORY for all guests at a rate of $260 per couple. Here’s the thing though: that’s complete bullshit. You absolutely do not have to use or pay for their transfers. The airport is not on the main island of Bora Bora, but a catamaran meets every incoming flight and transfers passengers from the airport to the main town of Vaitape for free. From there you can grab a $20 taxi to the Intercontinental. The free catamaran is bigger, faster and nicer than the IC speedboat, so not only will you save $220 by taking the free boat, you’ll actually arrive at the hotel faster. If you stay here don’t fall for the scam. When we got the e-mail about the mandatory transfer we just responded that we didn’t want it and that was that.

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Free Catamaran from Bora Bora Airport to Vaitape

The fact that the hotel tried to scam us out of $260 before we even arrived was pretty off putting, but it’s also the only complaint we have about this place as once we arrived the next four days were flawless.

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana

During our stay Beach Bungalows were going for close to $900 per night but we were able to book our 4 nights for 50k IHG points each. We bought the 200k points we needed for this stay during a sale last year for approximately $1000, so effectively paid $250 per night for a $900 bungalow which we found to be a great value.

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Intercontinental Le Moana – Beach Bungalow

Dhara is an IC Platinum Ambassador so they reserved us the Beach Bungalow with the best view and also left some goodies in our room for us including champagne, fresh fruit, tahitian tea, t-shirts, and a sarong.

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Champagne & Fruit

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Tea and Tea Shirt

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Enjoying the Champagne and the great view from the deck

All the resorts we visited in French Polynesia embraced traditional Tahitian decor, but the IC Le Moana really took the Polynesian theme to the next level. Everything in the bungalow down to the smallest detail was done in the style from woven walls, to bamboo rafters to shell soap holders. The theming was so intense that we started referring to the resort as Disney’s Bora Bora. I loved it.

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Beach Bungalow – Living Room

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Beach Bungalow – Bedroom

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Beach Bungalow – Bedroom

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Beach Bungalow

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Beach Bungalow – Bathroom

A very popular thing to do in Bora Bora for people not staying in lavish hotels is to take a day trip to lavish hotels. Accordingly, the main pool and beach area were often fairly crowded during the day, but luckily the daytrippers never spilled over to the beach in front of the bungalows. In fact, we hardly ever saw anyone on the beach in front of our bungalow so it felt very private and calm.

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Our Beach was always empty

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In Front of the Bungalow

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Swimming in Front of our Bungalow

As far as food and drinks we really liked this place. The beach bar was really nice, the food was good, and the prices seemed very reasonable for Bora Bora ($17 Burger, $13 Pizza, $6 Beer). We ate there twice. There were also a handful of local inexpensive restaurants within walking distance and a grocery store very close by to pick up cheap beer and snacks.

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IC Bora Bora Le Moana

The resort lends kayaks free of charge, which is nice because there’s a great snorkeling spot a 5-10 minute kayak trip away called Coral Gardens.

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Kayaking over to Coral Gardens

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Coral Gardens

The other fun activity we did was renting a little buggy to drive around the island. The ring road that circles Bora Bora is just over 20 miles so it’s an easy fun trip in this little thing. Our 4 hour rental cost about $130.

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Our Bora Bora Buggy

We loved the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana. The resort is wonderful, the location is stunning and convenient, and the staff was super friendly and attentive. It’s a phenomenal value on points and we would highly recommend this place. But, do not, under any circumstance, book, take or pay for their expensive unnecessary speed boat transfers.

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana

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