Very peculiar behavior from the owner and staff. Owner was rude and staff were unhappy: either ignored you or limited to transactional conversation. Do not expect your upbeat hostel inclusive warm atmosphere. The owner ensures that guests do not feel welcome (Bonjour/How was your day) and socializing is frowned upon. The bathrooms were Dirty: hostels (20 beds not 18 as stated on booking .com!) require around the clock cleaning PROS -Amazing location (short walk to Hilton) -Free kayaks -Power shower with not cold water -Safety (guard dog) -Free breakfast (bowl of bread, small banana, 2 slices of pineapple, small cup of coffee, glass of juice from concentrate -anything extra cane with a charge) -Good internet CONS -Dirty bathrooms (FEEDBACK: common areas should be cleaned at least once an hour) -Children (18months, 2yo, 3yo, 5yo) staying in the 20 person dorm -No Towels for dorms -No beach, just a drop then rocks and coral -No chairs or pillows to sit outside and enjoy the view (one bench reserved for diners - concrete ledge that imitates the feel of coral on your bottom) -Unwelcoming if not rude behavior of owner and staff. While you were sat outside the owner switched the lights off at 8pm leaving you in total darkness! Refused to turn lights back on. -No welcome at breakfast, minimal tea/coffee/juice exchange (they did not look happy to be there at all). -They open and close loud metal shutters at 8am, 1pm, 5pm, 8pm these sound worse than thunder -No kitchen -Say they accept card on website. There are 2 card machines but he wouldn’t use them. He Makes you walk 8km to nearest ATM, and denies knowing about the island bus -No AC -Dorm has no windows or doors so noise from outside could be heard (cars, roosters) …
charming location ,,, and wonderful clear blue water and peaceful ~ cozy, rustic, simple , not fancy, and decent prices , be sure to get a room and there are dorms super cheap but they get really hot ... so be clear what you are getting in advance
At the pier, we set-off to an area where one of the guides was feeding fish to the manta rays and black-tipped sharks. Then we went to a motu, or white sandy islet, surrounded by crystal clear water. The local guides played ukuleles and a stringed instrument made from a garbage can. We enjoyed a barbeque lunch on the beach including Tahitian raw fish, grilled fish and chicken, fresh cut fruits, soft drinks and beer. We had a coco demonstration showing how to get the copra off, cut it, squeeze the coconut milk from the shavings, and eat it fresh. The beach and surrounding water was rocky and sharp with broken coral making it hazardous to swim.
We spent two nights at Pension Motu Itu in an ocean facing cottage and it was a pleasant stay. The room was clean and we enjoyed just sitting outside and seeing the beautiful landscape. Compared to other hotels, the price is reasonable and since we had spent a lot on the bungalows in Bora Bora, this helped us average out our trip cost slightly. We had a rental car and ate mostly outside, plus planned some activities like seeing the sting rays and sharks. I'm a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews. The lady who showed us the cottage was helpful and when we checked out on Christmas day she even gave a slab of ice cream to my daughter. Overall a very pleasant stay!
We had a wonderful stay at Motu Iti (stayed there for 6 nights). The bungalows are very beautiful with a nice terrace and very clean (they got cleaned everyday). We stayed in a garden bungalow as the seaview bungalows were full. But you can just go to the restaurant and stay at the terrace if you want to have the beautiful view on the ocean. We saw whales while eating breakfast, what do you want more? Auguste, the owner was very helpful with organizing scooters, laundry and other things. The only thing we would change is to have a kettle on the bungalows to make your own tea (instead of a tv ;-) ) Thank you very much, we warmly recommend to stay at Motu Iti. Gina&Lukas