Tahiti Taoahere Beach House

Updated: August 19, 2018

Taoahere Beach House – Cosy, quaint and friendly, with seaside setting and suburban feel, but distant.

Hard to find along a residential street near Hauru, this adorable cluster of bungalows is often understandably full. Dotted among lovely gardens, a couple of bungalows are on 2 levels and face the water, while the rest are angled for possible sea glimpses. And the traditional design throughout is charming: stone-walled bathrooms, bamboo walls, polished floorboards and colourful art. No beach, but plenty of sand is spread around the grounds, and access to the blue-green waters for swimming and snorkelling is easy from steps. Other advantages include the laidback restaurant; free rental of bicycles and kayaks; and access to other water sports, including jet-skis. But it is about 2km from Hauru village, with a modest selection of shops and cafés.

Taoahere Beach House – The Basics

  • Location: Poorly-signed in the suburban area of Tiahura on the northwest tip of Moorea Island. About 2km from the centre of Hauru village; 26km from the airport; and 30km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
  • Guests: Most seem to be older couples, although it caters for everyone, including families.
  • Beach: The lodge faces the sea, but there is no beach in front. Access to the calm waters for swimming and snorkelling is easy from the steps.
  • Views: A couple of bungalows face the sea, but most overlook the lush gardens with possible glimpses of the water.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Some limited data may be provided for free, but check when booking.
  • Parking: There are a few places around the front gate, but probably not enough. Parking on the street outside, however, should be safe.
  • Phone: (689) 40 56 13 30
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.taoaheremoorea.com/index_en.php
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Taoahere Beach House – Amenities

  • Pool: None, but perhaps there should be a small pool.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key lodge.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
  • Activities: Free rental of bicycles and kayaks. Also available: paddleboards, jet-skis and snorkelling gear.

Taoahere Beach House – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Snack Bar has odd opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday for lunch, and also Friday and Saturday for dinner. The inviting menu includes fresh salads, tasty burgers, plenty of desserts, and traditional food, such as Raw Fish with Coconut Milk.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but available for a reasonable cost.
  • Room Service: Not expected in this sort of low-key lodge.

Taoahere Beach House – Rooms

  • Room Types: Painapo Bungalows • Tiare Bungalows • Tipanier Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The twin-level Painapo Bungalows offer wonderful sea views from an extensive sundeck attached to the upstairs bedroom.
  • For families: 2 types of bungalows comfortably accommodate a family of 4, and feature a kitchenette.

Taoahere Beach House – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Almost hidden in a suburb, there is little choice within walking distance. Some places in Hauru village (2-3km away) do offer free transfers.

  • Holy Steak House – directly opposite the entrance to the InterContinental, 900m away. Up a slight hill for views, and open all day. Also great for seafood and pizzas. Hearty serves, happy hours, takeaways and free transfers (40 55 15 14). 12-minute walk.
  • InterContinental Moorea – at the massive resort 1km towards the village. The Shell Restaurant (40 55 19 03) offers dinner only, and a menu with Polynesian flavours; the Fare Hana Restaurant is casual and family-friendly for lunch and dinner; and the Motu Iti Bar provides cocktails and wine in an al fresco setting. 14-minute walk.
  • Beach Bar & Restaurant – at Hôtel Les Tipaniers about 1km towards Hauru. Seaside and garden settings for seafood, pizza, homemade pasta and ice cream. Live music on weekends, and free transfers (40 56 12 67). 14-minute walk.
  • Restaurant Tiahura (40 56 58 44) – claims to be the ‘best seafood restaurant in Moorea’. Vast menu includes regional specialties, such as parrot fish and octopus. About 1.5km towards the village. 3-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: Decent minimart across from the entrance to the InterContinental, about 900m towards the village.

Local Transport

    There is no public transport around Moorea Island. 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. To the village, walk, hitch a ride or organise an unmetered taxi. For elsewhere, rent a car or motorbike.

Taoahere Beach House – The Hotel

The lodge is located in a quiet suburb.

The lodge is almost hidden along a serene suburban street about 2km from the village centre.

The lodge is very cosy.

The lodge provides a cosy home-like feel.

Colourful plants add to the appeal.

Little touches like colourful pot plants add to the overall appeal.

The reception area is cute and welcoming.

The welcoming reception area is as cute as the rest of the lodge.

There are multiple sandy lounge areas.

There is no beach, but plenty of sand with lounge chairs among the grounds.

Garden seating is popular for breakfast and drinks.

Breakfast can be served, or drinks bought and enjoyed, at seats around the garden.

The lodge is cosy with lots of shade.

The lodge is cosy and provides plenty of shade.

Hammocks around the grounds give a tropical vibe.

A few hammocks around the grounds add to the tropical ambience.

The onsite Snack Bar serves great meals and desserts.

The Snack Bar at the lodge is renowned as a great place for salads, burgers, desserts and traditional food.

The wooden decking offers great sea views.

There is no beach, but wooden decking extends over the water.

The waters are ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Steps lead to the calm waters which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Painapo Bungalow balconies provide excellent sea views.

The Painapo Bungalows are on two levels, providing terrific sea views from the balcony.

The traditional bungalow design is pleasing.

All bungalows feature a likeable traditional design.

Bungalows are located amongst the gardens.

Most bungalows are in the gardens, with some angled to catch possible glimpses of the sea.


Fare Hana Restaurant nearby is casual and family-friendly.

At the InterContinental Resort, about 1km away, the Fare Hana Restaurant is casual and family-friendly.

Motu Iti Bar is popular for wine and cocktails.

The Motu Iti Bar at the InterContinental serves wine and cocktails among other drinks.

Beach Bar & Restaurant serves good pizza, pasta and seafood.

The Beach Bar & Restaurant in the Hôtel Les Tipaniers, about 1km towards the village, is ideal for pizza, pasta and seafood.

Restaurant Tiahura specializes in excellent seafood.

About 1.5km towards the village, Restaurant Tiahura claims to be the ‘best seafood restaurant in Moorea.’

The coastal road leads to Hauru village.

The coastal road near the lodge leads to the village of Hauru, 2-3km away.

Hauru offers better sunset views.

The lodge faces north, so the sunsets are better at Hauru along the west coast.

Hauru village is pleasantly underdeveloped.

The area around Hauru village is pleasingly underdeveloped.

Le Petit Village has lovely shops and cafes.

Hauru is centred around Le Petit Village, a cluster of delightful shops and cafés.

Le Petit Village has decent shopping options.

Le Petit Village offers a few shops.

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