After a week spent staying in luxury chain resorts on smaller islands it is was a lovely change to spend a night at the remote Vanira Lodge.
We spent the night in the Maara Fare which had lovely views and gorgeous woodwork throughout the fare. There is a small pool which was great to cool down in and surprisingly, although we were worried we'd be sweating all night in the humidity it was fine.
The Lodge is located a short drive from the marina from where you can get a taxi boat to head out to surf the famous Teahupo'o. There were people also making the paddle out there on their boards.
There is a booklet provided in each fare with suggested local dining options - I'm not sure if it was just because of the time of year we were there (the Thursday night after the Easter Long Weekend) but there was nothing open for dinner locally and we needed to drive about 15/20km back into Taravao for dinner.
The only downside was that it was often hard to track someone who worked at the lodge down to ask questions, check-in/check-out etc.More