For a normal guy like me, without so much money and on his own, French Polynesia is an unbelievably hard place to stay: any place to sleep will finish the money you planned to spend in three days; there is no food in the supermarkets because it's supposed to be bought only by the locals; people are generlly unfriendly and they accurately avoid helping you if you don' t buy anything; the humidity, specially in Tahiti, makes difficult to bear the temperature.
I had to face up the challenge of Tahiti and French polynesia for a long time (more than a month), because of problems of trip schedule, and without institutions as Pension Fifi (and Hostel Teamo in the center of Papeete, and Camping Nelson in Moorea), I would have had a much harder time. The day I stayed at Fifi's, I was originally planning to spend the night in the airport, because I had no enough money to pay for anything different by the hostel in the city, and my flight was too early to go there in the morning by bus. I found Fifi almost accidentally, and I thank the gods of travel for having given me such good luck: the place is cheap (even cheaper than Teamo in Papeete), with a great view from its fresh balcony, and in my opinion pretty clean (at least, much cleaner than Hostel Teamo, to which it comes natural to compare it, and which is one of the most disgusting places I have ever stayed for a night). The poor lady at the reception, denigrated by some of the comments above, is actually sick and has some kind of dialisis instrument, she is kind enough for the conditions in which she finds herself!
As a resume, I found Pension Fifi nice, fresh, cheap and relaxing, and of course full of interesting travellers. I recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- Chez Fifi Tahiti
- Chez Fifi Tahiti, South Pacific