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“Great Sunsets and Island Breezes...but...” 3 of 5 stars
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Moorea Fare Miti
PK 27, 5 Haapiti C/Mer | BP 1569, Hauru 98729, French Polynesia   |  
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“Great Sunsets and Island Breezes...but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was our first visit to this smaller property which is located on the northwestern portion of Moorea, just a little south of the Le Petit shopping area.  Wonderful sunsets and island breezes - refreshing.

We stayed in the beachfront fare (bungalow) with the terrace facing directly to the ocean...very nice and well worth the additional cost.  It's right on the beach with a large tree providing lots of shade with a breeze most of the day.

The front sliding glass door opens up to a studio-like room with 2 day beds and a kitchen area stocked with plates, glasses, utensils, pots and pans too!  There is an electric stove top (4 coils) and a good sized frig.  Towards the rear, a small bedroom (european double/full bed with foam mattress though), a separate roll-away bed too, as well as a wardrobe big enough for all your clothes (but you really don't need many clothes here!).  A fan (no a/c) on the wall, and mosquito net for the bed (much needed).  There's a full bath with shower only and ample shelf space.  But, you will need to bring your own toiletries: shampoo, soap, and shower gel.

The bungalow was lovely from the outside.  The inside was a bit dated and suffered from ants, bugs, and mosquitos (oh my!). There are no screens on the windows - a real discomfort to sit or rest on the day beds whilst being irritated by small bugs 24/7 and mosquitoes at night, or constantly making sure every crumb of food is picked up. Geckos have already inhabited the walls and back of the refrigerator. So, if you don't mind being a bit closer to nature...

There is no pool; just the ocean.  The beach...ahhh...soft tannish white sand, blue shades of clear water with corals and some fish in the lagoon.  Bring water shoes since there are sharp coral bits in the deeper water areas, but the shoreline is nearly all sand.

Fairly quite during the day and night.  Unfortunately, although cannot fault the owners, sometimes music penetrates from the neighboring dilapidated bungalows which is somewhat of a nuisance.  And...here is a real bummer...

...there are many free-roaming chickens running around that make plenty of noise to wake you in the early morning, beginning at 400am!!  

Seriously, those roosters crow a long choir until morning breaks, and then some. Hens clucking throughout the day laying eggs!  (you've been advised).  An island paradise..hmmm - an unfortunate drawback - but then again it seems to be a local characteristic (not sure about Bora Bora though, Moorea feels more country-like).  Dogs nearby may bark at any hour too!  So, be prepared with earplugs, especially, if the windows are open at night - remember, there's no a/c.  It can get very humid and sticky!

The weekend was more lively with islander families - noise levels did increase significantly with voices of kids on the beach by the tree as well as adults (a bit loud too - Oui!) until late without much regard to guests in the beachfront bungalow.  There appears to be a loyal local customer base. Weekdays seemed more quite when the children are in school and parents return to work - so plan accordingly (Hint: arrive Sunday and depart on Friday).

The owners were very nice and helpful, for sure - it's just the bungalow could be improved with window screens (at least for the bedroom), thorough bug treatments, and an a/c unit.

Honestly, maybe paying extra for one of the major brand hotels may have made a once-in-a-lifetime trip more worthwhile (honeymooners especially plan carefully; Hint: OWB at IC) I am already pegging my next trip to tropical Hawaii and the Maldives - leaving the FP national bird in a distant memory.  Bon Voyage! 

Room Tip: Beachfront bungalow on weekdays during drier season.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

I have written multiple reviews of Fare Miti, which we visit several times a year, and I can't stop raving about this place! We just returned from a two month trip to French Polynesia and again stayed in our favorite bungalow on the lovely beach at this very special pension. Celine and Laurent, the proprietors, continue to improve and renovate the property, and every time we arrive there is something new and special. They have acquired new beach chairs available to guests, and have built a lovely picnic area on the beach. The big tree has been groomed so that it still provides nice shade on the beach but does not obstruct the view of the lagoon.

The unique services provided by these proprietors make this pension very special. They will purchase a baguette or coconut bread or pain chocolate each morning for their guests, ordered the evening before, for a very minimal price. They also provide a variety of local restaurant menus, which they will order for you and deliver to your bungalow whenever you choose -- this is a fantastic service for their guests! They take a photo at sunset every night and post it on the Moorea Fare Miti Facebook page -- a very nice idea! The reception area provides a number of necessities for sale as a convenience to guests as well.

The location of Moorea Fare Miti is the best we have found on Moorea. The beach is long and clean; the bungalows face west for beautiful sunsets; a variety of small groceries and restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance.

Improvements are ongoing, as aways... New kitchen amenities were being ordered while we were there. We expect to return in March 2013 for an equally wonderful visit!

It is suggested that you book early if you want to stay here -- the property is full most of the time, especially during weekends and school holidays. It is a very family-friendly place as well, so if you do not enjoy the sound of happy children playing on the beach, you should find another location. For us, however, Moorea Fare Miti is PERFECT!

Room Tip: If the beach bungalow (# 5) is not available, request the closest garden bungalows, # 4 or #6, which...
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  • Stayed September 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

These fares are in a great location with a beautiful sunset view each day.
They are quite dated, with fibro sheeting throughout.
As previously mentioned, no fly screens, no air conditioning.
We stayed 3 nights and didn't realise that they don't provide much. No soap, limited toilet paper, old scratchy towels, no tea/ coffee sachets. No problem if you're from Tahiti staying for a week or more and can transport all your supplies on the ferry, but when you're only staying a short time, you don't want to be carrying all these supplies on flights.
Great location for kids and helpful, welcoming owners.
Would recommend for families, or people staying for longer periods of time.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Really loved my 2 night stay here, wish it would have been 4 or 5 nights.

Celine was very helpful. She not only got us dinner one night, and delivered it to our bungalow, but she also brought us fresh bread in the morning. (for a price of course) And she was very helpful the day we left, she arranged for a shuttle to the ferry dock, let us store our baggage in the office, and even let us use an unoccupied bungalow for the day since our ferry wasn't until 5:45 PM.

Price is very fair for Moorea.

Slept ok, the bed was fairly comfortable.

Cleanliness was very good.

Location is great. Just down the road from places to eat and shop, but the best part is it's on a great beach with a large lagoon for swimming.

Bungalows are decent. They are old, and a bit worn (the floors felt a bit unstable in parts), but they are clean, and have plenty of room, plus the front porch is nice. It would have been great to have a hammock out front too.

If you come to Moorea to experience the simple life, and don't want/need any creature comforts or 5 star mega resorts, then come here to experience the beautiful beach, great service, and just RELAX your days away.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

We loved our 5 nights here. The beach was just at our door, and we had sunset views across the lagoon every night. The bungalows are quite elderly, but have comfortable beds, are clean and the kitchens are basic, but with all you need. They are not serviced during your stay, but we were ok with this. The decor is cheerful and care has been taken with upgrading things like the stovetop. Celine is very helpful and informative about activities and information, and went out of her way to make our stay a good one. Having stayed at other properties in the area I appreciated the quietness of Fare Miti and the small number of bungalows which make it more private than the alternatives. If you like a busy resort style atmosphere, this is not the property for you.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stayed at the Moorea Fare Miti for 3 nights before boarding a cruise around the Tahitian islands (Princess). If you are wondering whether or not to make the trek to Moorea (instead of staying near Papeete) DO IT!!! This was the most relaxing place we have ever been to, a real slice of paradise! It is not the Hilton or Pearl resort, but it is also not upwards of $700 per night! It is a small, family operated resort with local flair. The owners, Celine & Laurent were so friendly and helpful and were able to order Pizza or other food which was then delivered directly to our door. In addition, Celine comes around to your villa in the afternoon every day taking orders for fresh bread for the next morning...fresh french bread, butter and jam with a view of paradise every morning, what more could you ask for?!?!

The beach was awesome and a rarity (most places don't have such a nice long beach, you usually have to head to a motu for that), the snorkelling was GREAT and there is an island right off the beach that was walkable through the water, very fun to explore! There were tons of fish and different types of coral in the water just off the beach and around the island to explore. I am not a strong swimmer and my husband was able to teach me how to snorkel in this area, so it is perfect for kids!

The room was great, clean and simple with a cute thatched roof. It had a mini-fridge and a small, simple kitchen with a sink and stove, a bathroom with standing shower (no bathtub), a bedroom (ours was a 1 bedroom), a small living room with couches (that converted into 2 single beds for kids), and a covered deck complete with patio furniture, perfect for eating dinner and watching the sunset over the south pacific. The rooms don't have Air Conditioning or TV...never a problem for us because the windows open and you can get a nice sea breeze blowing through the room. Not having a TV was a blessing...why in the world would you come all the way to Moorea to watch TV? Isolation is the key to relaxation! :)

There were lots of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel along the coast, but our favourite place to eat was a little food cart (aka roulotte) called "Poulet Roti" (aka roasted chicken). It was run by a french expat and her son and was affordable and great. We ate there twice, once we bought a full roasted chicken with a salad (so yummy) and the second time a beautiful homemade quiche and a thai stir fry (also great). Highly recommended, we walked there from the resort.

All in all, when we return to Tahiti (because we will!) we will be staying at the Moorea Fare Miti.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

Fare Miti is truly a gem.
I read through the previous posts and decided this was the best spot for our honeymoon stay on Moorea! We booked our 3 island trip with a local tourism company that did not include Fare Miti, but we insisted on staying there. We stayed 4 nights, 5 days. We were able to see the other venues we had the option of staying at...none compared.
Celine was an amazing hostess and helped us with everything from renting a moto, making dinner reservations, and sharing tips on island highlights including grocery store location and shops to visit. We ordered the most delicious breakfast breads and picked them up from Celine each morning. We were on a budget and cooked supper in the kitchenette 2 of the nights. Nice supply of kitchen gadgets. We ate on our bungalo porch and enjoyed the view of the white sand beach and waves crashing in the lagoon. The beds were very comfortable, nice hot showers.
There were chickens on the neighboring property. I really enjoyed feeding the hen and chicks our bread crumbs from breakfast.
The beach is well maintained. There is a tire swing and lots of beach chairs..kayaks/snorkles and other fun stuff can be rented. The water was calm and clear. We saw colorful fish and coral.
We met Barb and Randy. Their post was why we chose Fare Miti! They are wonderful people and gave us lots of advice on what to see before we left. AND they offered us two tiare flowers... nothing smells so good!
We love Moorea and had the trip of a lifetime. It was an excellent honeymoon. We have found ourselves daydreaming of the sights/sounds/smells/tastes. We can't wait to go back.
You will love it.

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Address: PK 27, 5 Haapiti C/Mer | BP 1569, Hauru 98729, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea > Hauru
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hauru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bienvenue à la pension Moorea Fare Miti, à Moorea, l'île soeur de Tahiti.Idéalement situé dans la commune de Haapiti, à 300 mètres des commerces, des restaurants et des activités du Petit Village, Moorea Fare Miti vous propose des Fares tout équipés,au coeur d'un jardin de fleurs exotiques.Lagon turquoise, plage de sable blanc et couchers de soleil inoubliables.Fare bord de mer: Vous rêvez d'une vue de rêve sur le lagon? Optez pour un Fare plage. Détendez vous. ... more   less 
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