By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I've recently booked my late October Honeymoon to Bora Bora and we're spending 7 nights in an overwater bungalow at the Bora Bora Lagoon resort. I have asked many people for travel advice and recommendations for this trip but nobody has any first hand information. Info on the Internet is limited (or I just can't find it!) and I don't know what tours are available. The honeymoon location is a surprise to my fiancé as she'll have no idea where we're going until we get to LA. What advice do you have for me? I understand that these bungalows are not air conditioned, will we need it?

A: Paul Gaugin took his inspiration from it. Marlon Brando not only fell in love while filming "Mutiny On the Bounty," he loved the island life so much he bought himself an entire atoll. Countless others have literally left their hearts while on a trip here. Known as the "Romantic Island," Bora Bora is part of the 118 island-chain of Tahiti, which took explorers several years to chart and discover.

This archipelgo of five island groups is in the heart of the South Pacific below the equator. You'll find Tahitians are very friendly but rather shy. Once you flash a smile though, they'll be sure to open right up.

Try saying "ai ora na." It's "hello" and is sure to go a long way. When you talk to the islanders, you'll soon discover that the letter B actually doesn't exist in the Tahitian language. So Bora Bora really is "Pora Pora" which means first born.

This is a year-round tropical destination where the average year round temperature is 79F. If you're used to blasting the AC when the thermastat rises, you'll certainly wish to crank it up since the Tahitians love the cool ocean breezes and their lofty ceiling fans. Many of the hotels are equipped with air conditioning. Your bungalow at the luxurious Bora Bora Lagoon Resort does too.

I'm told you'll find some of the best scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing in the world right here. Of course, if you're going to be in this tropical paradise with your new bride, you'll most likely want to take her for a romantic horseback riding into the sumptuous sunset, walk through the fragrant gardens and view the nightly performances where the dancers don beautiful floral costumes.

In Bora Bora, it's the lagoon, which is considered the most treasured feature. The Tahiti Tourism Office has a fabulous guide entitled, "Honeymoon and Romance Guide" which details everything a honeymooner needs to know. For your free copy, call the Tahiti Tourism Office at toll-free 1.800.365.4949. For more travel information on this tropical paradise visit


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