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Located in Vaiuru, 100 metres from the waterfront, Pension Vaimano-Raivavae offers authentic Polynesian accommodation with a terrace. Guests enjoy traditional, French and local cuisine on-site. Pension is 20 minutes' walk from the closest beach. It is 10 minutes' drive from Vaiuru village and Raivavae Airport. Each bungalow offers a seating area, a desk, a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. All bungalows include a private bathroom with a shower and toiletries. The tour desk books fishing trips, island tours and hiking. You can enjoy an outdoor meal in the BBQ area. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, fishing and hiking. The property offers free parking.
Pros: We thoroughly enjoyed Raivavae in spite of 4 days of rain and lots of mosquitoes. Clarisse was an excellent host and chef, invited us along to a huge elaborate wedding of a distant relative, etc. biking around the island was fun and we loved the kayaks to the motus. Clarisse has traveled to many countries doing Tahitian dances, and she danced for us. Great cultural experience, much better when it wasn’t raining!
Cons: No one there seems to have screens so the only refuge from mosquitoes is the net over the bed. Even that wasn’t perfect. You pay for bikes and kayaks but total price seemed fine. Mattress good shower often cold.
Pros: The Pension Viamano on Raivavae was everything we expected. The island is considered to be the most beautiful of all French Polynesia. To look out on the sea and the motu from the bungalow never got tiring. Bring reading and writing materials, sketch the beautiful garden, photograph (perhaps a underwater camera) the island as our beautiful hostess Clarisse shows you around, experience the simplicity and please go out to the motu - it is the most beautiful sand and sea color imaginable. Our meals were made with love from the foods of this island: expect fish and fruit and French influences: many fish dishes with salads and veggies, breakfasts of eggs and other specialities with fruit. Our hostess speaks FRENCH and Polynesian and thankfully for me Spanish. Do not expect that anyone in the Australs will speak anything but their native tongue. This is as far out in French Polynesia that you can visit. I thank those people that we met along the way, they are the most graceful and open of any I have met in my travels.
Cons: I loved everything about the experience.. The hostess took us in like part of the family. The bungalow was well appointed and everything was clean, fresh and lovely. Air Tahiti is the inter-island carrier for FRENCH Polynesia. It is not easy to get to the Australs on your own schedule so book accommodations after finding flights. There is a schedule change during slow season, so make no assumptions about carrier service will continue on any given Day. Use your exact day of flight.
Pros: This wonderful bungalow is a perfect getaway from the pressures of a more hurried way of life. All aspects of staying here with Clarissa as ‘mother’ taking very good care of her guests. French and Polynesian is spoken, some English and Spanish - and I bet she has a few more languages that I did not use. A wonderful place, spectacular island (include a trip to the Moto if possible), wonderful views and a very special place to stay!
Cons: There is absolutely nothing!