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Motu Aito Paradise

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Tetamanu French Polynesia
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 03/19/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#7 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Fakarava
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Located on a coral island, in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere, the Motu Aito Paradise guest house will be a unique experience. After 20 years of activity, the boarding house keeps the same values: tradition, authenticity and Polynesian heritage. In addition to the basic values, the guesthouse reinforces its strategy of sustainable development through the use of renewable energy, pollution-free activities and local products. The boarding house filters rainwater and uses solar energy. All of this with the aim of limiting the environmental impact in this heavenly place. Eight traditional bungalows are built with natural materials (natural fibers) in a Polynesian style. The garden is planted with "Aito" trees and is flowered with "Tiare", which gives a village effect to the property. Your stay at the guesthouse is a total immersion in the local life. To reach the exotic and heavenly setting of the pension, it takes 1h30 to 2 hours by boat, depending on the sea conditions (transfers are included in the price). At Motu Aito Paradise you will live to the rhythm of the Tuamotu: internet access, water, telephone and electricity are limited resources. South Fakarava promises you an unforgettable stay at the other side of the planet. Its marine fauna and wild flora will take your breath away. You will be charmed by the fifty shades of blue of the lagoon and the various species that you will observe. The guesthouse is recommended to nature lovers and scuba diving aficionados. Your stay with us is a real return to your roots!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Saltwater pool
Coffee shop
Beach
Boating
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Parking garage
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Diving
Game room
Hiking
Snorkeling
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Banquet room
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Washing machine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private beach
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish

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Stay270130 wrote a review Aug 2020
29 contributions9 helpful votes
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Maybe this place long ago was not so in disarray and full of debris. The owners or the management did not invest a Franc in maintaining this place in a very long time however they charge you around 300 euros per night per room. There is no running water to shower (they give you one bottle of water per day to wash yourself and no water to flush the toilet. They clean the dishes with sea water and rinse them in a bucket with regular water. One bucket for the dishes of 15 people. No electricity from 8pm. And all this because they did not invest in solar panels, a desalination device, etc. If the place would cost 60 euros per night and they warn you of the inconveniences it will be fair but definitely not at the charged price They called lagoon bungalow to a hut with the poles in the water, however no lagoon where the hut is whatsoever. The diving in the area is spectacular. The people working at this place are extremely kind and this is not at all their fault.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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kuroiTenshi wrote a review May 2019
proud montrealais222 contributions53 helpful votes
We came to Fakarava to dive both the North and the South Pass. Given the vagaries of the weather and the long trip (2 hours' boat ride from north to south), our travel agent at E-Tahiti travel recommended we stay in the South Pass area to be sure to be able to dive here during our time here. GETTING HERE: Upon arriving at the teeny-tiny Fakarava airport (open-air building, watch for mosquitos), we got a ride to the little marina in the village to meet Manihi on his boat (open-sided, with a canopy). After a 2-hour boat ride in the sunset (prepare to get wet/cold depending on conditions), you arrive at the Motu. OFF-GRID LIVING: this place uses solar power, with a generator (occasional noise that you get used to quickly). Rainwater collectors feed the plumbing, so there is little water pressure. No hot water heater! Be ready for the trickle from the sink, the dribble from the showerhead. DIVERS: We only rinsed our electronics after dives, but not the rest of the gear. The neoprene survived just fine anyway. TopDive will coordinate pickup times with Manihi and pick you up from the pier; you can leave your BC and regs with TopDive if you don't want to bother with setup and takedown for multi-day dives. You can dry gear on the concrete seat and table in the cabin - there is one in the room and another right outside the back door of the cabin. There were also lots of hooks and concrete benches around the walls and entrance that could be used to put your stuff. SECURITY: You are the only ones here: there are no locks on the doors to your spacious beach cabin, just latches to keep them closed. These are the size of toilet stall doors - they don't reach the ground but the only things that came in were the occasional resident cats who would took off when we came in. The windows have no glass but a swinging door that can be propped open with a stick to get air circulating; curtains maintain privacy of the cabin. A bit disconcerting at first, but got used to it by the end of our stay. BATHROOM: The toilet area has a curtain, not a door; shower is open-air (showerhead above an area of flat rocks where the water drains) and lacks privacy. Hope you trust your cabinmates to respect your privacy! Flush the toilet only when needed: you can wash your hands above the toilet (instead of the sink) so the grey water helps with the flush. AMENITIES: Local bar soap is provided but we used the biodegradable camp soap (liquid and sheets) we brought - it rinses off easily and works well. Beds have light sheets but they have heavier blankets if you're afraid of being cold. They also have plug-in things to help keep the mosquitos away if the mosquito net around the bed isn't doing the job. We didn't get any bites. FOOD: Mini pancakes every day you eat with your hands, with jam. Tea and coffee available. Lunches and dinners are menu choices decided by the house (no forewarning or menu selection), usually a house salad, main, simple dessert in more than adequate portions. One evening Tila made delicious fresh fish two ways, sashimi or seared with garlic soy sauce, OMG. Water available anytime in the dining area, where we filled our reusable water bottles. CONNECTIVITY: There is no internet available here. Cell service is intermittent. SERVICE: The Motu Aito Paradise is a pension - a BnB (except with all meals included), NOT a hotel: you are staying at Manihi and Tila's house as their guests. They built the place, they live here: treat them, their land, their ocean with deep respect and you will be accorded the same. They are not your servants so don't expect white glove service. ACTIVITIES: Relax, disconnect, watch the sunsets and the stars, watch sharks and crabs and the tails of triggerfish waving in the air whilst they root for food in the shallow water. There are friendly cats who will beg for food at the table if you let them, and the help brought a friendly puppy a few times who loves getting scratchies. Explore the lovely garden and snorkel around the motu, check out the knickknacks in the common areas. My only complaint? The place could use more seating around the rocky beach. tl;dr plan for the same conditions for outdoor camping for an unforgettable experience at the end of the world. You will gain a true appreciation for the privilege of having unlimited electricity, water, and every blasting hot shower after you leave, but also the fragility of our world, oceans, and reef systems.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Vaiete M, Responsable Hébergement at Motu Aito Paradise
Responded Apr 10, 2020
Dear KuroiTenshi, Thank you very much for leaving such a touching, sincere, detailed, inspirating post on TripAdvisor regarding Motu Aito Paradise. We are coming back on it today as we could take hold on the website only a few days ago. We have the chance to respond to everybody now on and be more participative. Thank you for all the informations you share about your stay in our guesthouse and the understanding that you proved in appreciating our deep polynesian lifestyle. Thank you for your very nice note. Manihi and Tila gave the keys of Motu Aito Paradise since August 2019 for a few years to a new team of professionals in the tourism market now dedicated to this little piece of paradise in South Fakarava that we love so much. They engaged their lives and created this peace kingdom with devotion to welcome thousands of visitors from around the world during all these years. We are now proud to take care of the Motu and maybe have the pleasure to welcome you again in our turn. For your information, we led some renovations all over the place and made investments already but more are to come. Our goal is to serve and improve our services everyday for the most pleasant moments with our dear guests. It would be a pleasure for us to present our progress to you if possible. Few examples, we have 2 new boats for the excursions and transfers giving much more comfort in shorter and safer navigation trips between South and North or excursions. We now have internet and WiFi available for guests on sale. Still cooking "OMG" like Tila with her delicious recepies and menus based on fish and seafood essentialy with local products and other recepies inspirated from international cuisines. We make homemade bread and our well-known woodfired pizzas still burning. Clean power, water stoks and pressure are our priorities in a big project we hope will be completed this year. Hot shower too on the plan! We are very excited about having all this work done and share with you and future guests. We hope you are all doing fine and stay safe and in good health. Take care of you and your family. We are at your disposal on this website on direct messages or you can find Motu Aito Paradise on internet, our social networks, e-mail and telephone. Please do not hesitate if we came make anything for you. With best regards. Mauruuru i Ia Ora Na
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Larry F wrote a review May 2019
Florence, Oregon2696 contributions393 helpful votes
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We booked here due to the proximity of some world class scuba diving in the Tetamanu Pass in Fakarava. We dove with Top Dive that keeps a remote diving operation here about two miles away. This is not a suitable place to enjoy a Tahitian vacation but rather a place to really “rough it” with no water pressure and no potable water (you will drink rain water collected in barrels), solar electricity, no internet (although it’s coming), no air conditioning, no pool, no beach, very limited menu and a very long boat ride from the very north part of Fakarava to the very south. (Two hours one way). This can be very challenging in stormy or windy conditions. If you are a scuba diver this is a great place to stay. Manihi is the proprietor, boat Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and the builder of this entire settlement on a remote portion of the reef. He is the original Robinson Crusoe inasmuch as he has built everything here and has maintained it for decades. The logistics of managing such a far flung lodging is astonishing and you will feel amazed at this unique property and the married couple who have made this their life’s work. The cabins are quaint and comfortable. Open walls and a private open air bathroom and shower are typical (with less than RV water pressure for bathing.). The rooms have solar lighting and mosquito nets (we saw no mosquitos but had maybe ten bug bites all week with little protection.). Pretty normal for a tropical location. You can get in the ocean water if you wear reef shoes. There are no water sports available other than diving but Manihi was generous in taking us for excursions to “Bird Island” and “Pink Sand Beach” Island in his boat. Meals are mini pancakes for breakfast, with grapefruit and bananas. Lunch was pasta salad or curry chicken. Dinners included pizza, chicken casserole or vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese. Only water to drink. This is not a menu place, you eat what is served. Dessert was Coconut Cake or Banana Cake. No bar service. We dove with hundreds of sharks and the fish counts and the beauty of the coral was astounding. You have to be lucky to match your stay with the incoming tide during daylight hours. We very much appreciated our stay here and it felt like camping, being on Survivor, or being part of the history of Fakarava. We do not recommend this place for children, honeymooners, or non scuba divers.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dan wrote a review Jul 2018
Minato, Japan106 contributions12 helpful votes
We were on live on board and book the place for the evening for pizza. The pizza were amazing. One of the best pizza I had. They also offer accommodation. The room are simple and cosy. It’s a must to visit here. This place also have an amazing story. Ask the staff or owner how this place is found. :)
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Macrodiver wrote a review Jul 2017
Oakland, CA73 contributions33 helpful votes
Three years ago we stayed in a very small, hot bungalow over the water. This time we had one of the larger ones with a "backyard" area on the lagoon -- much nicer and more comfortable. There is still a ramshackle feel to parts of the resort, and the main lounging/dining area is a bit dark, but for some reason it didn't bother me this time. They've got some more plastic chairs that can be taken to the main area to sit and read, drink a beer and watch the fish and little blacktip sharks. The rooms are built with overhanging roofs, which does make them dark, but also helps keep them cool. And the food is pretty darn good, considering everything has to come by boat. (Some variation for breakfast would be nice, though -- pancakes again?) Having taken a look at the other nearby lodging, at the village, this is definitely your best option for staying near the extraordinary diving at the South Pass.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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PRICE RANGE
$291 - $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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motu aito hotel fakarava
LOCATION
French PolynesiaTuamotu ArchipelagoFakarava
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Motu Aito Paradise
What are some of the property amenities at Motu Aito Paradise?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Motu Aito Paradise?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Motu Aito Paradise?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Motu Aito Paradise?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Motu Aito Paradise?
Yes, guests have access to a saltwater pool during their stay.
Does Motu Aito Paradise have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Motu Aito Paradise offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Motu Aito Paradise?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Motu Aito Paradise?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Does Motu Aito Paradise have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Motu Aito Paradise accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.