Te Ora Hau Ecolodge Hotel on Moorea, Tahiti

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Updated: August 29, 2019

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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.

Local Transport

    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

The lodge is located along the main coastal road.

The lodge is easy to miss, hidden behind a gate along the main coastal road.

The lodge is located is a sparse locality.

It’s located in a sparsely-populated village, with almost nothing within walking distance.

The area around the lodge is spectacular.

The general area is quite spectacular with a mountainous backdrop.

The lagoon features a reef within swimming distance.

The lodge faces a sort-of lagoon within a lagoon. The reef within swimming distance offers further protection from tides.

The lodge offers free kayak rental.

Free rental of kayaks is available at the lodge for exploring the magnificent lagoon.

The lodge offers plenty of sand to lounge on.

There is enough sand on the beach and within the grounds of the lodge for lazing about.

The lagoon is tranquil and inviting.

The water around the lagoon in front of the lodge is calm, shallow and colourful.

Several lounge chairs around the lodge offer great sunset views.

The lodge provides numerous lounge chairs on which to appreciate the sunsets.

The bungalows are more functional than traditional.

The fares (bungalows) don’t feature a traditional design, being more functional than attractive.

The bungalows are set amongst tropical plants.

The bungalows are surrounded by tropical plants.

Bungalows have different sizes and layouts.

Bungalows differ a little in size and layout, with one offering accommodation for up to seven.

The bungalows are bright and appealing.

The bungalows are bright, cheery and nicely furnished with rattan chairs.

The decor gives the hotel a tropical vibe.

The low ceilings and rattan walls add to the tropical island ambience.

Bungalows are very relaxing with plenty of seating.

The bungalows are so relaxing, with enough window-side seating.

Bungalows feature decent kitchens.

Each bungalow contains a sizeable and practical kitchen.

Bungalows feature rattan walls and glass-less windows.

The rattan walls and glass-less windows allow breezes, but don’t effectively block out traffic noise from the nearby road.

The three-wheeler bicycle is handy for shopping nearby.

Guests can use a three-wheeler bicycle with a handy basket to visit the shop about 1.3km south of the lodge.

La Fringale restobar is within walking distance.

The only place within walking distance of the lodge is La Fringale, a restaurant/bar offering pizzas, salads and seafood.

The airport close by offers 10-minute flights to Tahiti.

The lodge is only 8.5km from the airport, with 10-minute flights to Tahiti.

The ferry terminal is close by.

One attraction of the lodge is the proximity to the ferry terminal, only 4km away.

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