Hotel Kaveka in Moorea, Tahiti

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Updated: January 19, 2021

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Review of Hotel Kaveka in Tahiti

Hotel Kaveka – Adorable location, but a little outdated and isolated, and no pool.

No doubt the rattan walls and furniture looked fab in the 1970s, but not now. The bungalows offer ‘garden views’, which really mean the back of those with ‘lagoon views’, which actually face the bay. More inviting for snorkeling than swimming, the bay does provide exceptional views, best enjoyed from the jetty lined with restaurant tables. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no pool, but the rare sliver of white sand is acceptable. The inconvenience from Maharepa village, with a few shops, banks, and eateries, is offset by the free hotel shuttle bus. The other downside is the hefty charges for kayaks, bicycles, internet, and even beach towels, which should all be free (and usually are at other hotels).

Hotel Kaveka – The Basics

  • Location: About midway along Baie de Cook (Cook’s Bay) on the northeast coast of Moorea Island. About 1.5 km south of Maharepa village, 8 km from the airport, and 12 km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
  • Guests: Caters to all, although most guests seem to be older.
  • Beach: A slice of bleached-white sand faces the attractive bay, but the water is probably more suitable for snorkelling and kayaking than swimming.
  • Views: The row of bungalows at the front has direct views of the bay, which is sometimes partially blocked by shrubs, while the others face the back of the lucky few at the front.
  • Wi-Fi: Free at the lobby/bar/restaurant area, but a hefty daily charge in the rooms.
  • Parking: Enough places at the main entrance; off-street, free and secure.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 40 56 50 50
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hotelkaveka.com

Hotel Kaveka – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there is no pool, unlike some other resorts of this standard on Moorea.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of resort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Hotel Kaveka – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Kaveka Restaurant faces the water, with some tables spread along the jetty into the bay. The range of European, Chinese, and Tahitian meals is impressive, with a focus on seafood and steaks. Claims to offer the finest selection of ice cream on the island, and provides live entertainment most weekends.
  • Breakfast: Not included in the normal rates, but provided for a reasonable extra cost. Half/full board rates including breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner are offered.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours of 7 am to 9 pm.

Hotel Kaveka – Rooms

  • Room Types: Lanai Bungalow • Garden Bungalow • Garden Family Bungalow • Lagoon Bungalow • Lagoon Family Bungalow • Beachfront Bungalow
  • Smoking Rooms: Strictly no smoking in or near the rooms, but allowed in the gardens and on the beach.
  • Best Room: The Beachfront Bungalows face the bay, sometimes with uninterrupted views from wooden patios. The furnishings are outdated but the facilities are modern.

Hotel Kaveka – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    There is only 1 place within walking distance, which is why the Kaveka offers rates which include 1, 2, or 3 meals.

  • Allo Pizza – For wood-fired gourmet pizzas. No bay views, but barstools for people-watching. Also popular for steaks, salads, wine, and homemade desserts. Deliveries to local hotels. About 500m south.

Otherwise, these cafés are in Maharepa village, about 1.5 km north:

  • Moorea Beach Café – Gorgeous waterside setting for breakfast, salads, grills, and burgers. Also, daily specials and bakery next door. Free transfers.
  • Rudy’s – Conveniently on the southern edge of the village. For imported steaks and local seafood. Classier than the distinctive red-and-white stone building suggests, but no views. Try the Grilled Lobster in Flamed Cognac. Free transfers.
  • Caraméline – In the cluster of shops and cafés in the centre of Maharepa. Friendly, casual, and affordable for salads, wraps, ice cream, pastries, and all-day breakfast.
  • Nearby Market or Grocery

    • The nearest place to stock up on supplies is a minimart about 600m north of the hotel, about halfway to the edge of Maharepa village.

    Local Transport

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

    Hotel Kaveka – The Hotel

    The hotel is very welcoming on the northeast coast of Moorea.

    The Kaveka is welcoming and easy to find along the main road on the northeast coast of Moorea Island.

    The hotel has a gorgeous tropical setting.

    Based along Cook’s Bay, the hotel provides a gorgeous tropical setting.

    A small patch of white beach offers swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

    Most of the shoreline around the hotel is rocky, but a sliver of white sand offers the chance to swim, snorkel, and lounge about.

    The jetty restaurant offers beautiful sunset views.

    The sunsets are lovely, especially from the jetty restaurant at the hotel.

    Raised patches of sand offer lounging facility.

    Some raised areas of sand around the hotel are provided for lounge chairs.

    The restaurant offers seating with excellent bay views.

    Most tables in the hotel restaurant face the attractive bay; some are also along the converted jetty.

    The in-house restaurant specializes in European, Chinese and Tahitian fare.

    Specializing in European, Chinese, and Tahitian food, the hotel restaurant also offers outstanding views of the bay and mountains.

    The jetty has been converted into a restaurant.

    The lobby is connected to a jetty that extends into the sea and has been converted to a restaurant.

    Snorkelling is popular due to the coral around the hotel.

    The water around the hotel is ideal for snorkeling, with coral just offshore.

    Bungalows feature a traditional design.

    Bungalows feature a traditional design, and some are quite separate from others.

    Sea-facing bungalows have a very tropical vibe.

    Bungalows facing the sea are surrounded by palms, with a stretch of sand in front.

    Bay-facing bungalows have a small patio.

    Those facing the bay feature small patios with wooden chairs.

    The spacious bungalows have dated furniture.

    The rattan furniture and walls are a little outdated, but the bungalows are spacious enough.

    Bungalows have dated furniture but modern facilities.

    Although the furniture and layout needs updating, the facilities are modern and include a TV and air-conditioning, both of which are sometimes not offered in hotels of this standard.

    Beachfront Bungalows offer attractive views.

    Views from the Beachfront Bungalows are sometimes obstructed by shrubs but generally quite attractive.

    Moorea Beach Café has an excellent waterside setting.

    Probably the nicest setting of the few cafés in Maharepa village is at the Moorea Beach Café, about 1.5 km to the north.

    Caraméline arcade features charming cafes and shops.

    Caraméline is one of a cluster of charming cafés and shops in the middle of Maharepa.

    Rudy's in Maharepa is popular for steaks and seafood.

    Conveniently located at the southern edge of Maharepa village, Rudy’s is a classy eatery specializing in steak and seafood.

    Maharepa village nearby has a supermarket and other facilities.

    The village of Maharepa, a 20-minute walk from the hotel, offers some decent facilities, including a supermarket.

    Maharepa has a cluster of likeable shops and cafes.

    Maharepa is based around a bunch of likable shops and cafés, which are about 1.5 km north of the hotel.

    The ferry terminal is 11.5km from the resort.

    The ferry terminal is about 12 km from the hotel and accessible by bus several times a day.

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