We explored the whole island by car (albert transport very much recommended – seeed to offer the best rental car prices) and found Cooks Bay and Kavekas location as the best one.
It was close to everything, walking distance to pizza place and in Pao Pao Captain Cooks boat shaped cafe. Close to little town Maharepa with supermarket possibilities. Greg the owner can give you a lift.
The hotel itself well maintained (only the shower could be replaced but still ok) with the garden, the pier and the beach.
But most of all… it had a stunning view, with the water and the breathtaking mountains. What a spot to wake up!!
Of course you don’t get the water as Sofitel has or Les Tipanier (Les Tipaniers felt not as well maintained as Kaveka, it felt more all over the place). But great snorkeling with many different fish. And the tiny beach didn’t bother us. We actually liked it as it was very quite in the hotel therefore it felt more like a private little beach to us.
So Hotel Kaveka is in Cook’s Bay, which we found as the best spot on the whole island.
Opunohu Bay was more occupied by locals as the South does. On the East cost there is the ferry dock, the Airport, the public beach and the Sofitel.
By the way the view from the road onto the Sofitel and public beach was nice but we didn’t stay at the beach. We didn’t feel safe and access to it wasn’t somehow too convenient and some strips where covered with rubbish.
Some may have different opinions about it. I imagined it in a different way.
Kaveka is a small hotel with little bungalows. So if you are looking for bigger ones, obviously Sofitel or IC will be an option otherwise from all aspects we highly recommend Hotel Kaveka.
The bungalows were situated in 3 rows, the beach bungalows, than the garden bungalows and the lanai bungalows. Last ones are closest to the road (not a problem as no heavy traffic).
There were 2 garden bungalows which were in between of two beach bungalows so that you had a view over the water too (#312 and #313). Luckily we stayed in one of them.
The restaurant is beautifully located above the water where you can feed the fish during your dinner.
Fridays and Saturdays they have live music playing. Very nice.
We were advised from the trip advisor comments that Kaveka charges for everything. We were prepared for it and brought our own snorkeling equipment and beach towels and it wasn’t a problem.
Should you do more local phone call I recommend purchasing a telephone card. Just around the corner there is telephone booth which will be cheaper than letting Kaveka calling someone for you.
By the way Albert tours seem to be the cheapest ones we have seen regarding transfer or rental car. We got even an upgrade for a better car for free. Hotel has their details.
If you want to buy some fruits, you will find (poor) locals selling them next to the road. We ended up buying fresh pineapple, papaya and little bananas. Yummy! We took some on the way to Bora Bora too. Good that we did so as we only discovered one fruit stand in Bora Bora in the main town Vaitape which was far away from our hotel.
Thanks to trip advisor comments we found out that every day at 5pm there is shark feeding at the Linareva Hotel (west coast). As door was closed and nobody answered when we where ringing the bell we accessed it from the beach. What a great experience!
Hotel Kaveka - what a beautiful little, cozy hotel with only 2*! In our opinion it derserved definitely more stars. It felt like a 3.5* Hotel!
We highly recommend Hotel Kaveka. Enjoy the island itself and the views before you had off to Bora Bora to enjoy the water!
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- Also Known As:
- Kaveka Hotel Maharepa
- Hotel Kaveka Moorea, French Polynesia