I first visited Hotel Kaveka 3 years ago. I because I was a budget traveler and it was (and still is) one of the more budget-friendly hotels on Moorea. My 2nd visit was to bring my wife and let her experience the beauty of Cook's Bay. Hotel Kaveka has obviously been improved in the last 3 years. The feral chickens aren't around any more, which can definitely lead to a better night's sleep. Bungalows appear to have been painted, and the grounds are mostly immaculate. Walking around Kaveka you will see all species of tropical flowers and fruit trees planted around the neighboring bungalows. Our Lanai bungalow was clean, comfortable and quaint but did not have air conditioning or screens. Be careful bringing food into the bungalow, if it is left out for long the ants will find it.
The worst part of Hotel Kaveka is the location, which isn't bad at all. Walking to either of the nearby towns, Maharepa and Pao Pao, would take about 20 minutes. Because the hotel is in a bay there is less breeze than other parts of the island, so if you are walking for a while it tends to become quite sticky. Renting a car and exploring the island is the best plan. Kaveka is a good place to stay, but Moorea has much more to offer!
Hotel Kaveka has a small beach just south of the main office. I remember the beach being fairly rough and painful to walk on without water shoes, but it has been raked more over the years and isn't nearly as bad as I remembered. The beach doesn't extend very far out before large rocks and sad-looking corals rise to just below the surface of the water so swimming is pretty limited. Snorkeling is ok among the rocks and off Kaveka's long pier, but much better at the public beaches.
The best attributes of Hotel Kaveka are the unique and delicious restaurant and the gorgeous views of Mount Rotui and Cook's Bay. The restaurant is in the style of an overwater bungalow, and if you get a seat at the edge of the water you can look down at the schools of Mullet and other reef fish swimming below. Throwing some baguette into the water creates quite a show as fish come from all directions to enjoy their dinner. The food is very good and typically expensive for French Polynesia. Visiting this restaurant is much more of an experience to remember given the views, fish-feeding, live music on select nights and atmosphere. Views across the bay of Mount Rotui are spectacular. Cruise ships occasionally anchor in the bay and add to the tropical ambiance. A walk on the pier will give even better views of the stunning peaks of Moorea. We only stayed a night at Kaveka this time, but much of our time was spent enjoying the views from the pier. At night the stars are amazing out on the pier, we just had to block out some of the lights around us.
Overall, Hotel Kaveka is a nice place to stay and I would stay there again. It is a good launch pad to go and explore more of this beautiful island.
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- Also Known As:
- Kaveka Hotel Maharepa
- Hotel Kaveka Moorea, French Polynesia