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“Not Luxury, but you get what you pay for.”
Review of Pension Tarariki

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Pension Tarariki
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Moorea
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Reviewed 30 November 2008

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.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

I loved Tarariki Village. The place is well kept and has everything you need. Its a pension not the 4 season! I was on a budget surf trip so this place fit the bill perfectly. The rooms/bungalows are really nice. This is where the locals go from Tahiti to spend a weekend on the beach so it may be booked full. I guarantee, you'll love sitting on the beach watching the sunset away from all the tourists you'll find at Le Petite Village, the Motus, and the northern coast.

Unlike the other reviewer, I found Takura and Guile to be very helpful providing me a schedule of buses to and from the ferry. The language barrier may be a problem (more so with Takura) if you don't speak French, so speak slowly and be patient and remember things happen slowly in Tahiti . . . even more so on Mo'orea. I assure you, your host at the Tarariki are honest and willing to help you however they can. The buses are really only good for going to and from the ferry (5-6 times a day), but that's about it. If you want to tour the island rent a scooter or a car. I was perfectly content to relax on the pension's beautiful beach and take the Kayaks (which are free) out for a paddle. The snorkeling is amazing as well, but you'll need to bring your own gear or borrow some.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 24 July 2008

I have contacted Tekura, the young owner from Pension Tarariki to pick me up at the Moorea ferry dock. She never came to pick me up at the Moorea ferry dock. I had to find my way to get to Pension Tarariki after waiting 3-hours in the rain for the le truck to come.

Tekura charged me 2,000 polynesian francs without asking me if I wanted dinner first. She cooked the dinner and served it to me on the evening of my arrival. I was asked to pay cash for the dinner and 5-nights of room immediately when I had just arrived.

The next day, I waited for the bus to Le Petit Village but it never came and Tekura and her boyfriend lied that there was a bus every hour. After waiting for hours to come, I attempted to walk to Le Petit Village for 4 more hours and finally a bus came by.

At Petit Village, I found myself waiting 1.5 hours for the bus to my pension but it never came. I called Tekura from the pension and she said she will be at Le Petit Village to pick me up in 20 minutes, but I ended up waiting 3 more hours and she never showed up. She promised to pick me up and never did.

On my last day at Pension Tarariki, Tekura and her boyfriend said they don't have gas to drive me to the Moorea ferry dock. Again, they said that there is a bus every hour and said you have to find your own way to get to the ferry dock.

After reading about my bad experiences, I WARN ALL OF YOU NOT TO STAY HERE. THEY ONLY WANT YOUR MONEY AND ARE A BUNCH OF CROOKS WHO ARE SO SELFISH. They will say yes to you and turn their backs against you.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2017
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: PK 21.7 Baie de Vaianae | Haipiti, 98729, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Moorea
Price Range: £72 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 137
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