Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – Rustic, comfortable budget-priced bungalows with outstanding snorkelling, but remote.
Many of the lodges dotted around the coast of Moorea Island offer only 1 fare (bungalow), but this has 3, plus a few more being renovated during mid-2018. Charming and cosy, with rattan walls that let in the breezes (but don’t block out the noise), furnishings are simple and include a decent kitchen, and portable fan (i.e. no air-con). They can also accommodate families and groups of up to 7. Attractions are proximity to the ferry terminal (only 4km away) and the adorable beach in front. Virtually a lagoon within a lagoon, the shallow, calm and turquoise waters are perfect for snorkelling and kayaking – with rental of equipment for both provided free. Like many lodges, it is, however distant from anywhere to shop, eat or drink, and close to the road, so traffic noise is inevitable.
Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – The Basics
- Location: In ‘Āfareaitu village, midway down the east coast of Moorea Island. About 4km from the ferry terminal for services to Pape’ete, and 8.5km from the airport.
- Guests: Caters for all age groups, but given the simplicity it would probably suit more budget-minded younger travellers.
- Beach: Small but photogenic, with silvery sand and blue-green water ideal for snorkelling.
- Views: 1 bungalow faces the ocean and offers sea views, while the others overlook the gardens with possible glimpses of the water.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free and unlimited for all guests.
- Parking: Enough places securely behind the front gate.
- Nice Perks: Free use of a 3-wheeler bicycle with a basket for exploring and shopping.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 87 77 48 22
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: teorahau.com
Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in a place of this size and standard.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
- Activities: Free rental of bicycles, kayaks and snorkelling gear.
Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Not expected or provided at a place of this size and standard.
- Breakfast: Not included, because each bungalow has a kitchen.
- Room Service: Not provided because there is no restaurant, and each bungalow has a kitchen.
Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – Rooms
- Room Types: Currently, 3 bungalows individually decorated and separately named: Fare Ata, Fare Hina, and Fare Manu.
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the bungalows, but permitted elsewhere.
- Best Room: The bungalows are fairly similar inside, with the number of bedrooms being the main difference. Oozing with charm, the 2-level Fare Ata is breezy and airy, and provides decent sea views.
Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – What’s Nearby?
Restaurant & Bar
- Unfortunately, there is only 1 restaurant within range on foot or by bicycle, so come prepared. About 1km south along the road is La Fringale, an affable pizzeria/bar with a seaside location. Also popular for salads, seafood, crêpes and Wi-Fi. Open for lunch and dinner daily (except Tuesday). Takeaways available (87 74 88 99).
- Market or Grocery: Another 300m past La Fringale is a well-stocked general store. Take a bicycle offered at the lodge.
Travelling to/from the lodge is problematic, because there is no public transport around Moorea Island. 4 or 5 buses run daily between Ha’apiti village and the ferry terminal (but not the airport) to tie in with arrivals/departures. They stop at a bus shelter just outside the lodge. Ask staff about timetables. Otherwise to go elsewhere, hitch a ride, or rent a car or motorbike.
Te Ora Hau Ecolodge – The Hotel
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