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Pearl Havaiki
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Rotoava, 98 763, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Fakarava B&B and Inns
Westport, Connecticut
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“This is incredible!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Havaiki for 4 nights. We are both divers and this came highly recommended from tripadvisor reviews and top dive in Fakarava. Joachim, his wife and his staff make you feel right at home. This is a jewel of a place in the middle of paradise. We were concerned, having stayed in resorts previously, but our fears were put to rest the minute we entered our room. We stayed in a beach bungalow and the view was priceless. Yes, the shower water is tepid but it is hot outside. We had airconditioning and minimal mosquitos. The food was amazing. They annouce the menu in the morning for dinner so that if there is something you don't like, you can mention. We ate everything on the menu with the exception of parrot fish. I couldn't eat it because they are simply too pretty. My husband loved it. I am also very thankful to Joachim for being as environmentally conscious as they are and their business savy to continue in business where many fail. Definitelly try the pearl lottery, it is a lot of fun! We will be back for longer next time!

Room Tip: I highly recommend the beach bungalow. You have the ocean right there and the view is just amazing.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 stars
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Papeete
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We spent four nights at Havaiki, a laid back guest house with lovely owners and helpful staff, everything was clean and tidy, the bungalow we had was right on the beach two steps and you were in crystal clear water, this bungalow was like new, had A/C and hot water and the most amazing lagoon views which were changing all day, Sunsets were off the scale - 10 plus.
We enjoyed the diversity of nationality's staying at Havaiki from locals to people from the other side of the world. Mostly seafood was served very nice and more than adequate servings.
Plenty of activity's to do, diving and snorkeling were excellent as was the green lagoon cruise, kayaking, pearl shopping, bike riding, checking out the town or just kicking back, all great stuff. No negatives here, maybe would like to see the bar open a little earlier for those liking sundowners. A great place to unwind in a laid back setting that is friendly, clean and tidy. Highly recommended and certainly our top pick for Fakarava accommodation.

Room Tip: The new bungalows right on the beach with A/C and hot water are the top pick.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, Michigan, Usa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Loved, loved, loved our stay. Great place to relax. Well run, kayaks and bikes lots of fun, beautiful views, staff friendly and helpful, meals great. Beach hut worth the extra charge over a garden hut. Bring any sun supplies you might need, shopping is sparse on Fakarava. Check out my blog, http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/French-Polynesia/Fakarava/blog-781220.html, for photos and story.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My husband and I felt in love with This place as soon as we got here. Joachim picked us up with his cute bus from the airport. We were handed a necklace of flower which was a lovely touch for a pension. We drove 10 minutes and arrive at the pension. The location is amazing, just on a beautiful beach with sitting area / table in the water which was the perfect place to be with a cold beer and watch the sun comes down. And boy, the sunsets are amazing! We had booked a bungalow on the beach and it was so typically Polynesian and confortable. Really good room with mosquito net and a fan. How blissful to be woken up by the waves of the lagoon! Breakfast and 3 course diner are served in a big fare. The night of our arrival a trio was playing and singing. The food is very good. Note that half board is compulsory in Fakarava. There is also a bar on the beach that serves lunch and drinks. Joachim helped us book our diving which was really helpful. On our last day we joined the pearl lottery which is an amazing experience and such a great idea. I will not tell you more but basically you get to get a pearl. Mine was in the salmon colour. I have made a necklace from it. One thing to notice is there is no hot water in the bungalows (which wasn't actually a problem for us but there is one share in the pension with hot water if you really need it). There are plans to upgrade the bungalows with hot water and air con in the next few months.
To sump up, I am hoping to go back soon as i can as I / we really loved this place! Thanks Joachim and co.
Berengere

Room Tip: It is worth booking the beach bungalows
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Joachim and Havaiki provide a lovely setting with comfortable accommodations and great food. The pearl farm tour and lottery rival that of the Gauguin Pearl Farm excursion on Rangiroa. Did I say lottery? Joachim takes guests out to the "farm", dives down to bring up a cage, takes the guests back to the pier and allows each guest to pick an oyster to see what luck they may have with the pearl (there is a nominal cost). He explains/shows the entire process from the surgical placement of "seed" to the removal of the pearl. At the end, he serves the Korori to any guest wanting fresh seafood - what a treat. You can read the details of the food provided in some of the other reviews....but the Snack on the beach served a marvelous Poisson Cru to rival all the others we tried throughout French Polynesia. We would definitely stay here again!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Fakarava was the third island we visited, and given its location, we had assumed that our Fakarava pension would be the most rustic of them all - and we were pleasantly surprised to find Havaiki to be incredible comfortable with, most impressively, really great food!

A note on the food, because I've seen it mentioned in a few reviews - keep in mind, you're on an atoll. A rather remote atoll. Most of the produce and fruit comes from Moorea - and that comes on a boat that arrives once a week (Thursdays). So you'll commonly find supplies is beginning to dwindle a bit at the end of the week (although we didn't feel as impacted by this at Havaiki as we did during our stay on Rangiroa).

If you're looking for a steady stream of every available option, you should head to Moorea or Bora Bora, or an island more fully outfitted for tourism.

If, however, you're happy to accept that you're far away from most everywhere else, your bathing water is rainwater and therefore unheated, and that you're trying to leave as minimal an environmental impact as possible, read on:

Breakfast - homemade yoghurt. Papaya. Mango. Cheese. Pancakes. Sausage. Dried fruit. The ubiquitous baguette (which is this ONE thing besides coconuts and pearls that FP has in great abundance). Juice, decent coffee, etc. And JAMS. Delicious jams.

Dinners were downright gourmet; as a vegetarian who can bring herself to eat fish, I was able to arrange for fish on the occasional night the other guests had chicken. And yes, the food is expensive - but it's traveled a long, long way to get there, and you really won't do any better anywhere else.

Meanwhile, the rooms are spotlessly clean and full of character, and ours was right on the water, where we would routinely spend our evenings watching the INCREDIBLE sunsets.

They have three pet nurse sharks (note: nurse sharks are generally of the "nice" shark variety... nothing to worry about assuming you're using your smarts and keeping a healthy distance) who are just as entertaining to watch as the sunsets...

Joachim and his family and staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly; Joachim was always present at dinner to check in and see how your stay was going.

And the excursions were fantastic - especially snorkeling the south pass (we're only beginning divers - but seriously, the visibility was such that we saw just as much from the surface as you'd have seen a bit deeper down... I'm sure there are divers who would scoff at this, but this is just to say the snorkeling was great)... it's a significant boat-ride away, but well worth the trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

- No warm / hot (just cold) water in shower
- additional 58 euros for breakfast and dinner day ly (obligatory)
- very poor breakfast ( one plate of fruit for all hotel, mango and papaya are in short supply, no juice, coffee is ugly. only baguette is abundant)
- between breakfast and dinner there is nothing to eat and drink(no drink water etc)
- at night a lot of mosquitoes and midges

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rotoava, 98 763, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Tuamotu Archipelago > Fakarava
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Fakarava
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pearl Havaiki 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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