Where to stay in Tahiti (*without re-mortgaging your house)
Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tuamotu Islands, Gambier Islands, Austral Islands, the Marquesas Islands. You’ve probably heard of most of these. But these are just a few of the 118 islands and atolls that make up The Islands of Tahiti.
Accommodation here has a reputation for being pricey, with beach-side hotels often costing anywhere between $600-$2000 per night. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We round up some of Tahiti’s best guesthouses- these properties are not only value-for-money but also run by locals, so offer a more authentic way of holidaying.
Havaiki Fakarava, Fakarava
Located on the edge of a UNESCO protected biosphere in Polynesia, just 15 bungalows make up Havaiki Fakarava. From here the world is, well, your oyster - this location is known for its oyster fishing and rare pure black Tahitian pearls, for which you can go in search of. Other activities on offer include kayaking and cycle rides.
Prices from £244 p/n for a beach bungalow.
Royal Huahine, Huahine
On a small bay within Garden Island, Royal Huahine bungalows all face west to allow visitors spectacular sunsets over the neighbouring islands. Here, days are spent kayaking, canoeing and playing beach volleyball, jet skiing, diving, or powerboating. We recommend you spend the evenings in their panoramic beach bar.
Prices from £299 for overwater bungalow p/n for two people.
Village Temanoha, Moorea
Away from the beaches and famous for its biodiversity, the valley of Moorea is the place to enjoy the lesser known side to Tahiti; Village Temanoha bungalows are snuggled in botanical gardens where fruit trees and giant bamboos flourish. Cottages are inspired by traditional Polynesian architecture.
Prices from £78 p/n.
Rangiroa Bliss, Rangiroa
Rangiroa Bliss offers spacious bungalows with views of the Pacific Ocean. This is Polynesian hospitality at it’s best; guests are treated to delicious authentic food and life stories from the friendly hosts.
Prices from £143 p/n.
Les Relais de Josephine, Rangiroa
Watch out for dolphins while staying at Les Relais de Josephine - this is a great spot to see them, and other sealife, from. Enjoy your own private garden brimming with tropical flora and home cooked meals on the beach.
Prices from £151 p/n for a one-person bungalow.
Pension Aito Motel Colette, Tikehau
Set on a fish-rich atoll, the Pension Aito Motel Colette coconut wood bungalows are perfect for some relaxation time. Manta rays, hammerhead sharks, barracuda and tuna are often seen in the surrounding ocean, making this this a great spot for keen divers. Homemade Polynesian food (made with local produce) is served.
Prices from £139 p/n.
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