Hotel Hibiscus in Moorea, Tahiti

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Updated: January 19, 2021

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The outdoor pool at Hotel Hibiscus is surrounded by lush greenery.

Hotel Hibiscus – Exquisite bungalows and adorable beach, with pool and convenience.

Handily midway along the village of Hauru, this perennially popular resort offers detached bungalows spread across vast lawns dotted with palms, but only one directly faces the sea. Featuring kitchenettes and an alluring traditional design, they’re all individually decorated inside. Some comfortably fit in extra beds, while the single Family Studio sleeps up to five, and most have air-conditioning. Less appealing – but still serviceable – are the motel-style rooms facing the sizable pool. The petite cove of white sand leading to blue-green waters is more inviting than beaches at most other nearby hotels, with an additional raised section created by a breakwater.

Hotel Hibiscus – The Basics

  • Location: In the center of the village of Hauru along the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 25 km from the airport and 30 km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
  • Guests: Most guests seem to be older, with many returning year after year.
  • Beach: The beach is clean, sandy, and shady. Considerably better than those at other resorts.
  • Views: Only 1 bungalow faces the sea with perfect unobstructed views. Others are among the gardens, and a few of these may offer glimpses of the water.
  • Wi-Fi: Not provided for free to guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking near the entrance.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 40 56 12 20
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  • Website:

Hotel Hibiscus – Amenities

  • Pool: Large enough for the limited number of guests, but not much shade, and would be better alongside the beach.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange cluster of bungalows.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
  • Activities: Rental of kayaks available, but not for free.

Hotel Hibiscus – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Le Sunset offers open-air and undercover seating facing the sea and a vibrant décor. The chef is French, but happily prepares local specialties and Italian food. Also buffet breakfasts (which are available to the public).
  • Breakfast: Not included, but a buffet breakfast can be ordered for an extra cost. Half/full board options also available including breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Hotel Hibiscus – Rooms

  • Room Types: Bungalow with Garden or Lagoon Views • Superior Lagoon View Bungalow • Air-conditioned Room • 1 Family Studio
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in or near the rooms, but no one stops guests from puffing away on the beach or in the gardens.
  • Best Room: Superior Lagoon View Bungalows feature a traditional design but are contrastingly modern inside. The solitary bungalow facing the sea is the one to book.
  • For families: Most bungalows and rooms can squeeze in an extra single bed, while the Family Studio can fit up to 5.

Hotel Hibiscus – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    These places are within a short walk along the main road.

  • La Plantation – All-day dining for French and vegetarian meals at the Sofitel hotel. Gorgeous garden location and extensive wine list. Try the tofu stuffed with mango. 300m north.
  • Le Lézard Jaune Café – Classy bistro for cuisine gustative and Tahitian food. Lounge bar and children’s meals. 400m south.
  • Le Coco D’isle – Hugely popular despite (or because of) the sandy floor. Tahitian, French, and Chinese food and pizza. Evenings only, and takeaways available. Next to Le Lézard.
  • Sea You Soon Moorea – Le QG – In Le Petit Village about 500m to the north. Open-air, friendly and inexpensive for pizza, grills, and paninis. Expat hangout and congenial bar.
  • Le Motu – Laidback and eclectic menu: pizzas, tacos, crêpes, sandwiches, burgers, and Chinese food. More affordable than rivals, with daily specials. Just past Le Petit Village.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • There are a few convenience stores in the village about 500m to the north.

Local Transport

    No public transport around Moorea Island, but 4 or 5 buses run daily between Hauru village and the ferry terminal (but not the airport) to tie in with arrivals/departures. Ask the reception for details. The village is close enough to walk. For further afield, organize an unmetered taxi, or rent a car/motorbike.

Hotel Hibiscus – The Hotel

The hotel is located on the west coast of Moorea.

The Hibiscus is about halfway along the village of Hauru on the west coast of Moorea Island.

The bungalows and lawns have a lovely hilly backdrop.

The bungalows are spread across lawns with a hilly backdrop.

The pool is large enough for the limited number of guests.

The pool lacks shade but is a decent size considering there aren’t that many guests.

The hotel is between a beach and hills.

The hotel is alongside the beach and backs onto undeveloped hills.

A breakwater creates a small raised section of beach.

A breakwater in front of the hotel creates a raised section of sand.

The raised beach is broad and clean.

The raised section of sand doesn’t offer much shade but is broad and clean.

The cove of white sand in front of the hotel is inviting.

The hotel faces a petite cove of white sand more inviting than most other beaches in the region.

Le Sunset restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating.

Le Sunset restaurant at the hotel provides seating inside or facing the sea.

The colourful Le Sunset offers French and Italian meals.

The décor in Le Sunset is colorful, and the extensive menu focuses on French and Italian food.

Le Sunset bar is popular for its signature cocktails.

The bar at Le Sunset offers signature cocktails and a vibrant décor.

The bungalows are scattered around the gardens.

Almost all bungalows are located in the gardens, with little or no views of the sea.

Some clusters of bungalows are unappealing.

Some bungalows are clustered together and not as appealing.

Superior Lagoon View Bungalows have the best sea views.

The Superior Lagoon View Bungalows are closest to the sea for views, and are more modern inside.

The AC rooms are in the back near the pool.

The Air-conditioned Rooms are in a less appealing block near the pool.

The spacious bungalows feature wooden furniture.

Bungalows are spacious, with plenty of wooden furniture and a lofty thatched roof.

The sofabed can accommodate 1 adult.

The sofa can convert into a single bed for one extra guest.

Le Coco D’Isle nearby is very popular.

About 400m south of the hotel, Le Coco D’isle is a popular and casual eatery.

QG Brasserie in Le Petit Village is popular with expats.

In Le Petit Village, about 500m north of the hotel, QG is a popular hangout for expats and renowned for grills, burgers, and pizza.

Le Plantation nearby is a classy French bistro.

La Plantation, about 300m to the north, is another classy bistro for French cuisine.

Le Motu cafe nearby serves a varied menu.

Le Motu is a laidback café with an extremely varied menu, about 600m north of the hotel.

Exploring the west coast of Moorea Island by bicycle is fun.

The best way to explore the west coast of the island is by rented bicycle.

The large park in the city centre is very welcoming.

In the center of Hauru village is a sizable park offering shade and views.

The sunsets along the west coast are legendary.

Along the west coast of Moorea, the sunsets around Hauru are legendary.

Hauru is pleasingly undeveloped.

Much of Hauru is pleasingly undeveloped.

Le Petit Village nearby has decent shops and cafes.

About 500m north of the hotel is Le Petit Village, a cluster of likable shops and cafés.

Shops at Le Petit Village are modest.

The selection of shops at Le Petit Village is modest but should satisfy most.

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