Not very original title, but so true. Tikehau is a small island just 15 mins by plane from Rangiroa and 1hour 30 from Papeete or Bora Bora. A small island in the arcipel of the Tuamoutu. Tikahau Village is a family run pension offering small traditional bungalows directly on the beach. (Pension offers possibility to eat breakfast and evening meal - see later remarks) Minimum comfort, but one of the better ones we had seen at this price in Polynesia. It has to be recognised that due to the geographical situation EVERYTHING is expensive here. They have several bungalows all on the beach, facing the lagoon. Trees for shade, beach loungers for each bungalow. Shower had hot water with reasonable pression. The rooms were spacious enough, with one of the firmer beds we came across in Polynesia, but there was little place to put things away, which I appreciable when you have been travelling for a little while.
In the restaurant there is the possibity to make tea and coffee all day, but to be honest, for me it was too hot and a communal fridge would have been appreciated. I can understand that they do not want to put fridges in the bungalows (&unfortunately not every one considers the environment and put a fridge on max temp for just one bottle of water or their nail polish!)
The restaurant is traditional style, opening to the beach and you have the right of one of the 3 tables, over looking the beach, by order of your arrival !!!
4 Kayaks were available free of charge.
There are small black tipped sharks and rays that can be seen from the beach or even better from the kayaks.
There are some very decrepid bikes free of charge - which considering the island had only one real road, no junctions and is about 2kms long, is ok. However there were times when there were no bikes available and we either wanted to go to a specific place to see the sunset or buy something from the shop - If I went again, I would prefer to hire a bike, but this is expensive and I am not sure if it is possible on the island (typical price on Rangi for ex was 10 eurs a day). Another 'negative' was that you could only eat a midday if you order the day before.
BE CAREFUL . Planes often arrive around early afternoon, when there are no shops open (especially over w'ends). There are no restaurants on the island and only a couple of 'snacks' with very sporadic opening. Impossible to buy anything anywhere until later in the day. Caroline, welcoming, smiling, and gentle, could not even make us a sandwich :-(
The suppers are very good and for me there is far too much.
They do some excellent food - However, we would prefer to see more traditional polynesian food. It was generally french. 3 courses, well served, but the same as we can get at home.
There was not the possibility to buy things during the day at the pension. This is a shame.
If you are lucky the daughter will dance le Heiva for you.
Overall, I would return for the situation, size of the bungalow and the diving that is offered on the island.
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