Waking up and looking at the island in the distance, yes it is blue sky and white clouds in Moorea! Please wait for us! We took our suitcases and everything with us to have breakfast at an open-air area right in front of the reception. There were tables there with cereals and juices but need to walk in the reception to get our tray of breakfast including breads and cups. Don’t forget apply insect repellent! Breakfast area: Our breakfast tray: After breakfast, I walked up the stairs to have a view of the Tahiti Airport, the island on the back is Moorea – where we will be heading to! After breakfast, we checked out and walked down the little hill, across the street, and into the airport. Checking in was quick and we weighted our two carry-ons; husband’s backpack was over by .5 kg! I asked the agent and she said it’s okay!! We went through a short line of security, just x-ray our carry-ons, that was it! There are only two gates in the domestic terminal! We waited around 45 minutes for our 8:45 am flight and when I was in the restroom, they announced boarding, hubby was the second person stand in line, I ran out quickly and joined hubby. There’s no assign seating on all Air Tahiti flights between islands so around time to board, get in line fast so you can select the best seat for the best view! Handicapped people get the priority to board first as they will be seated in the last rows in the plane and then general boarding. We lined up and then walked over to the plane following the agent, reminded me of elementary school lol! We got the 2nd row seats on the front left side of the plane but still can slightly see the propeller so had to shifted a little when taking pictures! The flight duration was only 7 minutes, probably the shortest flight we ever taken! This is Tahiti with the overwater bungalows….I think that’s the Le Meridien Tahiti! Here it is Moorea! The plane had a stop at Moorea and continued onto other islands, hubby walking out of the plane: Moorea Airport: A look back of the plane: Picking up our luggage no baggage carousel haha! It’s a very small airport, there are some souvenir shops and a pearl shop only. We walked out and saw no driver with the sign of my name; I had pre-booked transfer with Hilton Moorea! I went into the Air Tahiti office and asked the lady to call Hilton, Hilton forgot OMG! I really had no luck booking transfer with hotel grrr! The lady at Hilton said the driver is coming and we’ll pay 3000 xpf and Hilton will pay for our return journey. We waited for few minutes and the driver showed up. The ride to the hotel was scenic, passed mountains on the background and the beautiful bay, the shades of blue were unbelievable! I couldn’t wait to jump into the water!!! Arriving at the hotel, we checked in but our room will not be ready until 1 pm…..3 hours to wait but there’s a changing room for us to change (we were wearing long pants to minimized the chance of mosquito bite but it was hot). We received lei, a cup of cold juice, 2 free drink certificates, and cold towels. We got change immediately, put on sunscreen, and then insect repellent. I went to the concierge and asked if she can call Francky Franck to confirm our 4×4 tour tomorrow (I booked months ahead). The lady at Francky Franck couldn’t find my email confirmation! I did not have access to internet since we haven’t have our room number yet! I had to walk all the way to the hotel bar for free guest wifi. I forwarded the email and waited. She said the tour tomorrow is already full WHAT!!! I went to the concierge and asked if there’s any 4×4 tour available tomorrow, I booked through the hotel for 4,980 xpf per person vs Francky Franck for 3,800 xpf. No time to waste, time to explore the hotel!! First thing we saw walking out of the lobby, swimming pool: But my eyes were drawn to the overwater bungalows on the back! OMG they are much closer than I thought….overwater bungalows…my dream came true ahhhhhh!!! Who needs a swimming pool when you have this: The water was so clear that you can see the floor and the corals, this is what I called turquoise water! We placed the camera on the floor of the hotel restaurant for a picture of us two at paradise! Dipping my feet in the crystal clear water – wow the water was so warm!!! Usually it is time-wasting waiting for our room to be ready in the hotel lobby but this time, I had no complain!!! The view was better than any postcard pictures! The non-motorized equipment are free like kayaking, stand-up paddle (have to try that), and snorkels! We walked toward the overwater bungalows…I couldn’t believe it, we made it here! Panorama of the overwater bungalows, no matter which angle you take the picture, it will be postcard perfect! This is from the iPhone: I couldn’t stop taking photos, can you blame me? I requested room 95 or 97, the 3rd or 4th one on the left branch facing the hotel beach, but unfortunately both were not available. Hope we’ll get a good view one! We redeemed 2 nights with 80,000 Hilton points each for a garden bungalow and the hotel emailed us an option to upgrade to an overwater bungalow for 24,000 xpf per night (~$240). I replied back that don’t we get a free upgrade since hubby’s a gold member at that time? The free upgrade is to a garden bungalow with pool but they decreased the price to 15,000 xpf (~$150) per night to an overwater bungalow. I asked for 12,000 xpf but they said no so we took the 15,000 xpf per night! The view of the hotel beach from the overwater bungalows: The lush green mountain on the back, what a view! The difference between French Polynesian islands and Maldives islands is the mountain…..Maldives islands are flat with just the ocean view…while French Polynesian islands have the ocean and mountain (reason I picked French Polynesia)! Blue sky, white clouds, green mountain, and turquoise water, what more could I asked for? For those who followed my blog know that I color match my clothes with the place haha, I found that bright colors or white are the best for the turquoise water 🙂 Here’s the view from overwater bungalow room 95 that I asked for but not available: Pictures, more pictures! We walked back to the bar for free internet access and on the way, more photos! We stopped by the lobby and tried our luck to see if our room is ready but noooo! Alright head to the bar, we passed by this walkway with tons of fishes in the pond: The bar: There’s a terrace at the bar with this view: It’s sooo pretty! I took some with my phone and posted a pic on Facebook to share with friends and family that we arrived Moorea! It was noon time and were hungry! We walked down to the restaurant, Rotui Bar & Grill for lunch. I know food in the hotel is always more expensive but paying extra for this view….totally worth it! We asked for a front table so we can enjoy the view while having lunch. We also redeemed our 2 drink certificates for pina coladas! The pina colada was very good tasted like they put condense milk instead of regular milk, yummy! I ordered the chicken wrap (around $20), the portion was large enough for two! I really like the chicken wrap, it had refreshing vegetables, and the sauce was just right not too creamy! Hubby ordered the $25 burger, it was probably the most expensive burger we had, I told hubby be used to the expensive French Polynesia prices lol: Looking at the overwater bungalows while having lunch…what a “once in a lifetime” experience! The $25 burger was just okay, nothing amazing! We provided our last name and they’ll charge it to our room even we didn’t know what’s our room number yet. French Polynesia – you tip like in Europe – nearest dollar or few dollars is okay no need to tip 15-18% like in the US! After lunch, we walked back to the bar to browse the web. It was so comfortable there with ocean breeze that hubby took a nap! Almost 2 pm, time to walk back to the lobby and ask for our room! Wohooo our room is finally ready….walking back to the overwater bungalows, more photos of the beach! The hotel grounds were well maintained! One of the three beach bungalows for families of 4: Our room #64 is on the right side of the branch after the Toatea Bar & Creperie (the pointy hut in the middle): Here it is our room, so excited to see the inside! The right side after the entrance is the huge restroom with a tub and shower, modern looking: The twin sinks and can see the bed, two free bottles of water too (they gave us two free bottles every night enough for us that we didn’t even need to go out to buy water)! There’s a controller there to have the electric shade down if you like some piracy between the bedroom and the restroom! The view from the sink into the bed and the glass doors to the outside terrace: On the left of the hallway into the bedroom is a small table with the refrigerator on the bottom and an electric kettle with some cups and snacks (extra charge of course): They gave us a free big bottle of chilled water and a welcome note on the famous glass coffee table and glass floor where you can look down to see fishes! Our comfortable looking bed: The glass sliding door was double locked (I read that there were thieves going around overwater bungalows, not sure it happened at Hilton or not, but be sure to double lock the door)! In our spacious terrace, there are two sunbeds, a table and two chairs! Stairs to go down to the lower deck where you can access the water directly: The view from our lower deck of the three family beach bungalows and the lush green mountain as the backdrop: Actually, I liked the view from our room than the room I asked for, it’s much quieter here than looking over the busy hotel beach! Love the view and the weather was warm in the 80’s and not hot, perfect! More pictures! Time to change and jump into the water! The water was so comfortable! Snorkeling is pretty good at Hilton, it has tons of fishes! Hubby snorkeling with the GoPro! Believe it or not, he does not know how to swim but the water is shallow enough – up to my neck and his shoulder – that he can safely enjoy the water 🙂 That was why I paid to upgrade to the overwater bungalow only and not the panoramic bungalow located at the end of the bungalows due to water is much deeper there! The water is also so calm! One of my goal in this trip is to teach him how to swim, first lesson: how to float, but was unsuccessful! We spent quite some time in the water, who wouldn’t right? Then, we showered and waited for the sunset, yes I still haven’t given up hope for a colorful sunset! We applied insect repellent before heading out even though we hardly notice any mosquitoes at the overwater bungalows. Once again, the clouds were covering the horizon sighh I just had no luck for sunset. But the lights and the overwater bungalows were still pretty even at night! It was full moon too so magical! Some said it’s boring at night since really nothing to do so bring some games or movies from home. For us, a tripod and our cameras can easily spent hours taking night photos! The crepe bar opened at night for dinner: I read that the crepes there are delicious and great value! It’s also popular for watching the sharks, yes sharks I spelled that right, swimming down as you have dinner! OMG, they really come around sunset and hang out there! Hubby ordered the Moorea (pineapple, ham, and cheese) crepe 1950 xpf (less than $20) and I ordered the Aito (ham, mushroom, cheese, and and eggs) crepe 2100 xpf (~$21). Both were very good! Water is around $7 a liter bottle yikes! The bicycle belongs to the waitress to get supplies to the restaurant right in the middle of the overwater bungalows. The housekeepers here all have a bicycle cart or golf cart as it’s a pretty long walk from the start of the walkway to the very last overwater bungalow! Service as like in other islands are slow so be patient…I am sure with nice view like this, waiting isn’t an issue! After dinner, more photos! There’s less light pollution here that you can clearly see the stars even though it was full moon! And lastly, a picture of us right in front of our room: After almost a year of planning, we made it to French Polynesia! I felt so blessed that my dream of overwater bungalow came true! I was very nervous that January is the wet season in French Polynesia but our first day in Moorea was perfect weather! Can’t wait to enjoy and explore Moorea tomorrow, just hope that time will go slowly in paradise! Follow me through my 17 nights journey from the north Pacific to the south Pacific by subscribe or follow my blog to get notified whenever I posted the newest trip report!