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.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 56 13 30
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: taoaheremoorea.com
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 snorkeling 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 extensive sundecks attached to the upstairs bedrooms.
- For families: 2 types of bungalows can comfortably accommodate families of 4, and feature kitchenettes.
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.
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.
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