My feelings for this place is pretty much neutral. I did not love this place and I did not hate it. If you are looking for a budget or a camp like accommodation, this place may work for you. The reason why I thought it was like camping was because of the communal showers, remote location and bugs in our room. We stayed three nights in a tree house and it was the cutest thing I have ever seen. It was perched up three meters on a tree and was located on the beach. This beach is not your dreamy white sand Tahitian beach. It wasn’t swimmable as there were lots of algae and seaweed. The locals were in the water everyday, but we were grossed out and never step foot into the water. I was really disappointed with the beach.
The view of the sunrise and sunsets were amazing. Our mornings were a bit annoying as roosters and birds were chirping away nonstop - makes you want to shoot them. Nights can be a bit hot and stuffy, but we had a fan so it was fine. The nights were infested with mosquitoes, moths and geckos. I was well prepared and bought my own insect repellent and incense. It was a good thing they had a mosquito neat for the bed, I would have never survived the nights without it.
There is nothing to do around this area unless you have a car or a scooter. There is a restaurant near by and the food was flavorless and expensive. I would not recommend going there.
We took the bus from the ferry to the pension. It was pretty straight forward as you just tell the driver where you are staying and he will tell you when to get off. No need to take a cab, the bus ride is cheap. However, when you leave the pension I would not recommend hoping on the bus again. I read some negative reviews about getting to the ferry and didn’t want to chance it. The bus did not have a schedule and I heard that it is unreliable. We rented a car on our last day and drove ourselves to the ferry the next morning. A car rental is expensive ($150USD/day) on this island, but worth it if you need a ride to the ferry. The owner offered to take us, but she was asking for a ridiculous amount of money. No thanks –we were better off renting a car for what she was charging.
Our stay in Tarariki Village was OK. The locals do not cater to customer service. Do not expect much and do not expect any service in Tahiti unless you are staying in a high end hotel. I made reservations one week over the phone. No one was on the property when we arrived. A friendly neighbor showed us around and we helped ourselves with the check in. It was said that the owner left town for the weekend. The owner spoke broken English over the phone so a situation like this did not surprise me at all.
Staying in this tree house was unique and was worth the experience. If you do not mind roughing it for a couple of nights, this pension would be a good choice. Just bear in mind that you do get what you pay for.
Hope this helps with your decision. Happy Travels.
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