If you read Hobnob_hobo's review of this B&B, you have all of the salient points of our stay (I'm her "twitchy" partner). The drinking-water situation was not intolerable, but as she mentioned, I was a bit put off by the combination of no A/C and no in-room safe - there was no way to secure valuables while we were out enjoying, for example the SPECTACULAR snorkeling. This was especially worrisome for me as I had a significant amount of cash with me, for the incredible tattoo I would get a few days later (done by James Samuela, Moorea Tattoo - exceptional work, traditionally hand-tapped... and NO IT DIDN'T HURT any more than any of my other tatts, which were done by electric-needle...in fact it hurt less than some.
But back to Fare Aute... our hostess, though her English was a llittle spotty, was exceptionally accommodating, and helped arrange a scooter, and then a rental car for us. She made our stay as pleasant as it could be.
One thing "hobo" didn't mention - this B&B was so reasonably priced, that it gave our budget enough breathing room that we were able to spend our last two nights in Moorea in an over-water bungalow at one of the premium resorts (which didn't have nearly as good snorkeling). The sunset from our Fare Aute beach cottage's back deck was nothing short of phenomenal, and we had access to the same areas for snorkeling as the 5-star hotel on the motu across the lagoon. The "good" coral heads were about 200 meters off the beach, but the lagoon is very calm, and with our fins, it was a very easy swim. The trick is to swim past the deeper water (darker blue) until it begins to shallow out again (azure). At that point, the water is about 2-3 meters deep, and the coral comes up to within half a meter of the surface. Perfectly clear, and an ideal depth. We would have stayed out there forever, except that we were beginning to get waterlogged and sunburned (despite waterproof SPF 50).
No A/C made my nights restless, but the mosquito netting provided proved unnecessary - the gentle breeze off the lagoon kept the insects away, for the most part... only a wayward moth flew in...
All in all, this is one excellent way to stay on Moorea on a budget, or, as we did, to allocate your hotel budget between two ends of the spectrum.
One other bit of advice re: snorkeling on Moorea - some beaches are plain, with sandy, boring bottoms (and endless black sea cucumbers). But just a bit down the road away you will find the most extraordinary coral gardens you can imagine (the Ta'ahiamanu public beach near the catamaran rental place, on the lagoon beach between Opunohu and Cook's Bays, for example) - you could snorkel there for weeks and never get bored!
Both Hobo and I are certified divers. Between us, we've dived The Barrier Reef in Australia, Pennekamp Park in the Florida Keys, and several locations in Hawaii, among other places. The snorkeling at Ta'ahiamanu is as good as anything we've seen with SCUBA gear, anywhere.
And be sure to rent a car - some of the road along Moorea's coastline is so pothole ridden and poorly patched, that a scooter is a bone-jarring proposition. Get a car at the Avis, just across from the ferry terminal. so you can return it conveniently when leaving Moorea on the ferry.
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