Bora Bora Fare Rohivai

Updated: September 6, 2018

Fare Rohivai – 1 of the original guesthouses, with dazzling seaside setting, but no beach.

Formerly known (and still sometimes referred to) as Chez Robert & Tina, this unpretentious and friendly guesthouse is perched at the very end of Matira Point. With the sort of 180-degree sea views envied by surrounding resorts, it is still very modest: most rooms have shared facilities, while 1 does contain a private bathroom. Pluses are access to a communal kitchen; proximity to several eateries; free Wi-Fi; and congenial lounge area facing the sea. There’s no beach directly in front, but a postcard-perfect cove available to the public is only 200m away.

Fare Rohivai – The Basics

  • Location: At the end of the laneway along Pointe Matira peninsula at the southern end of the main island. About 300m down from the entrance to the InterContinental; 7.5km from the main town, Vaitape; and 30 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters for those on a budget, who don’t mind modest facilities.
  • Beach: It doesn’t directly face a beach, but several ideal stretches of sand with calm waters are available to the public within a few minutes’ walk, e.g. facing the InterContinental Resort or Hôtel Matira.
  • Views: A couple of rooms on the second floor offer wonderful sea views, but other windows are blocked by buildings and/or trees.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free throughout the guesthouse.
  • Parking: A couple of spots behind the main gate, and also enough secure spaces along the laneway outside.
  • Phone: (689) 40 67 63 55
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: n/a

Fare Rohivai – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key guesthouse.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Fare Rohivai – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: A guesthouse of this size and standard is not expected to offer a café or bar, but there are plenty of options just up the road (see below).
  • Breakfast: No breakfast is offered, because there is no café onsite, and guests have access to a communal kitchen.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided.

Fare Rohivai – Rooms

  • Room Types: 1 and 2 bedroom rooms, most with a shared bathroom. 1 room with a private bathroom.
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms, but allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The room on the second floor facing the sea contains a private bathroom, and provides gorgeous views.

Fare Rohivai – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    There are 2 classy but pricey restaurant/bars in the InterContinental Resort about 300m up the laneway, as well as:

  • The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – at the top of the access lane, about 500m away. Alongside a pool for bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas and a children’s menu. 6-minute walk.
  • Roulette Matira – quaint setting with a few tables for burgers, crêpes, fish, and steaks. Mostly for takeaway, with hit-and-miss opening hours. Opposite The Lucky House.
  • Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – classy French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Family-friendly and beach access. Reservations recommended and free transfers. 850m to the northwest. 11-minute walk.
  • Snack Matira (40 67 77 32) – simple meals and plastic tables, but sublime beachfront position. Stay for the day. About 1.2km to the northwest. 16-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: 1 small shop selling basic supplies is opposite The Lucky House.

Local Transport

    There is no public transport anywhere on Bora Bora. Taxis (unmetered) can be organized through the guesthouse but rates are extortionate, which is why many visitors hire a car, scooter or bicycle – and the road is flat all the way to the main town, Vaitape (7.5km).

Fare Rohivai – The Hotel

The entrance still shows the original name of the hotel.

The entrance is hard to find and still signposted with the old name: Chez Robert & Tina.

The guesthouse is serenely located on Matira Point.

The guesthouse is serenely set among sandy gardens at the end of the laneway at Matira Point.

Rooms on the upper level offer better sea views.

Rooms are in 1 and 2-level buildings, with those on the second floor offering the finest possible sea views.

As one of the first guesthouses on Bora Bora, it is modest but comfortable.

The guesthouse is 1 of the very first on Bora Bora, and facilities are still modest but comfortable.

Ground-level rooms' views are blocked by shrubs and trees.

Some rooms are in a 1-level block with possible sea views obstructed by shrubs and trees.

Spacious communal lounge area offers sea views.

The communal lounge area is spacious and faces the sea.

The communal kitchen is well-equipped.

Also available to guests is the well-equipped kitchen.

InterContinental nearby has 2 classy restobars.

Only 300m up the laneway from the guesthouse, the InterContinental offers 2 elegant but expensive restaurant/bars.

Lucky House Restaurant nearby has a lovely setting and good food.

The Lucky House Restaurant, along the main road about 500m away, provides a poolside setting, as well as wood-fired pizzas, Polynesian-style meals and a children’s menu.

Roulotte Matira is popular for its tasty meals.

Opposite The Lucky House, Roulotte Matira offers tasty meals in a casual setting.

Snack Mitra cafe is very popular due to its location.

The magnificent location is the main reason why the modest Snack Matira café is so popular.

There is a perfect swimming spot in front of Hotel Matira.

While the guesthouse doesn’t face a beach, there are plenty of perfect swimming spots within a few minutes’ walk from the guesthouse, e.g. in front of the Hôtel Matira.

Vaitape is about 7.5km away.

The main town of Vaitape is along a flat road, about 7.5km from the guesthouse.

Vaitape features eateries, shops and a police station.

Vaitape offers a few places to eat, drink and shop, as well as facilities, such as the Police Station.

Pape'ete is only 45 minutes by flight from Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is about 45 minutes by air from the Tahiti capital, Pape’ete.

Free transfers by boat are offered to all air passengers.

The airport is on an atoll, and linked to the main island by boat (which is free for all airline passengers).

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