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Pension Motu Iti
Ranked #16 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Moorea
Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed at Motu Iti for 4 nights in a garden bungalow. The room was nice and clean for its price. But don't expect more than a room to sleep: the food in the restaurant is not really good. And the service from the lady there is poor: she didn't give us any information upon arrival. We had to ask for everything. We got much more and better information about Moorea in the pearl shop we visited than from her. The common area (restaurant and sea access) all seems a bit shabby. We got the feeling that the whole pension is managed without much enthusiasm.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Positives:
- very low price
- nice beach of Hilton hotel nearby:)

Negatives:
- lot of mosquitoes (bring your own net), long distance to airport
- terrible bathroom
- very expensive internet connection (in Hilton (even if you are not staying there) you
pay 1250 XFP for 24 hours)


I can not recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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5  Thank rbbrno
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

We stayed there in a dorm just because it is a cheap place, later we discoverd a other palce camping with rooms in the west side much better and the same price
Here you don´t have mosquito net and it is necessary
No facilities to cook. The food in pension is not good
Try to go another place in Moorea

Room Tip: Dorm is really bad
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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11  Thank ibizz66
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We came here for the first time in November 2004 for 3 a week stay and were immediately charmed by this little paradise!
There are five very nice and spacious bungalows (three with direct sea view and two in the beautiful garden) and a nice dorm.
Both the owner and the staff of Motu Iti are very friendly, helpful and courteous!
The lagoon is located right outside the front door and is ideal for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. Besides stunningly beautiful corals you can also observe a variety of different sea creatures (for instance octopus, clown fish, turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, moray eels, jacks, parrotfish, butterfly fish, beautiful white-and blacktipped sharks). Even without being able to snorkel many of these animals can be observed directly from the pontoon - it just takes a little patience! If you are here between August and October with a little luck passing humpback whales can be seen behind the surf.
We also like the open-air restaurant right on the lagoon very much . Everyone should try the Tahitian cuisine (for instance raw fish with coconut milk, duet of tuna, tuna tartare)! The menu offers those who don't like fish or want some change also a selection of other dishes. These are also delicious!
Since 2004, we regularly return to this paradise and are every time very excited again!
Our last stay was in November / December 2012, and we can hardly wait for our return!!!!!!!!!!!
Caterina & Thilo

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 2000bos
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

I had a really good time at Motu Iti. It is in a nice surrounding directly at the beach with a nice view to the ocean. Over here you see a lot of colorful fishes when you snorchel or when you take the kayak or just when you sit in the beachfrontrestaurant or on the wooden overwaterbungalow.

The very friendly and relaxed owner can show you how to fishing. See the pictures when he prepared some fish. It is amazing, you can feed a stingray, called Moto, and touch him. Moto is very friendly and takes care of you.

I spend my nights in the dorm. The first night I was alone and the further nights there were just two ore three more people. I really enjoyed to stay in the dorm close to the beach, to hear the sounds of the waves, seeing the stars and the moon and wake up with the sunlight. Of course the dorm is very simple, but very cheap and you have everything you need plus the natural feeling for a very good price. Maybe the cheapest price you can have in Tahiti and Moorea for a very nice, enjoyable and friendly place. If you want more luxury and privacy you can stay also in one of the bungalow at the beachfront or at the gardenside.

The restaurant serve fresh fish. You can have fresh tuna prepared in different ways as you like. Very Yummie!!

I would come back again and like to stay longer just to relax or to explore this very beautiful island.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank SteffiW77
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We stayed at this family pension for 5 nights. Room is clean and neat. The view is magnificent with pontoon right there for us to swim, to snorkel or to kayak around the lagoon.
But you will need transportation to go around. We rented a scooter and that solved all the problems.
You can try restaurant right at the pension or Aito next to it but a bit pricey

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank blue_turquoise_pixel
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Moto Iti is positioned on a stunning part of the lagoon off Moorea. The views from the rooms are excellent. However, the accommodation itself leaves a lot to be desired.

The rooms are fairly basic, the beds average in comfort. Our room included a mosquito net, but this was so old and damaged it may as well not have been there. There is no kitchen, and no facility for guests to use a fridge. There is also nothing in the immediate vicinity of the hotel - the nearest mini-market is 45 minutes walk away, and the nearest bar at the (expensive) Hilton, 25 minutes away.

Our main gripe with the hotel, however, is the staff. Whilst we were there, the owner was away on holiday himself, and had left the hotel in the control of two staff members. During our stay, the room cleaning was nothing more than a token effort; the lobby (where the internet facility and drinks are sold) was closed every day at or before 2pm, despite the hotel information suggesting that it should have been 8pm, which mean there was nowhere to buy cold drinks; the service in the restaurant was terrible - if you're not local or absolutely fluent in French, expect to be ignored; and the ladies could not have been less interested in helping us with our stay.

We asked them to book a tour for us on one occasion, which they told us they'd done. The details of the trip involved a pick-up at 0730 on a Sunday morning. It was only when we tried to double check the details directly (the lobby being closed preventing us from going via the hotel) that we discovered that our tour isn't even run on a Sunday.

We also asked for assistance in extending our scooter hire early one evening and were told by one of the sisters that she couldn't help and that her sister wasn't available as she was taking a shower - despite the fact that we could see her no more than 6 feet away watching the television.

I'd give Moto Iti a miss if I were you... there are much better places on the Island for the same price, and they all have comparable views.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank dave_bish
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Address: BP 189 Maharepa, 98728, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #16 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Moorea
Price Range: £20 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pension Motu Iti 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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