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“It deserves more than 2*”
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Hotel Kaveka
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
Melbourne
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“It deserves more than 2*”
Reviewed May 31, 2010

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!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

Just returned from a trip to Moorea where we stayed at the Hotel Kaveka for 3 nights. We were very pleased with our choice. We prefer smaller, local places rather that mega resorts that look the same everywhere. Greg, the owner is active in the management, very personable, and wants to be sure guests have a good experience. He reserved a tour for us and arranged for a rental car while we were there. We loved our room with a lagoon view! It was clean with a taste of Polynesian decor. Not all of the rooms are the same. Some are closer to the road and some are behind others so they would only have a "peek a boo" view of the lagoon, if any.

The restaurant was nice and several of the tables were right next to the water so diners could look down at the fish since the dock and restaurant had lights shining down into the water.

I would say this is a moderate hotel where people who like 3 stars would be happy. 5 star folks would probably be disappointed since it doesn't quite have the posh and polish-but it doesn't have a 5 star price either.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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So Cal
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

Just returned from a delightful vacation in French Polynesia - stayed for 4 nights in Moorea at the Hotel Kaveka. As I did the research and made arrangements myself (w/o the help of travel agents) I must say that some of the reviews made me a little aprehensive prior to arriving. My fears were w/o merit. First of all this is NOT a 5 star resort w/ bungalows sitting out over the water - HOWEVER you are not paying a 5 star price!!! There are two beautiful lagoons / bays in Moorea - and this property is located in one of them. It is so amazing to wake up in this setting each morning.

Obviously in this price range there are some drawbacks - the roosters will wake you up at the "crack of dawn" each day. The beds are not the most comfortable. And it does seem that everything has an "extra cost" price tag - including renting a beach towel, or a cost for making a phone call to a local establishment. But again I stress - you are not paying a 5 star price - so as long as you know this going in (and make plans accordingly - like bringing your own beach towel for instance) you won't be "offended" by the a la carte pricing of things.

If you are using this location as a base for doing tours or renting a car / scooter for exploring, it's perfect. Tour operators / car rentals will pick you up (the shark / sting ray feeding with Albert Tours is particularly fun - and a great picnic lunch is included with it). And there are lots of local things to explore by foot. The staff here is particularly friendly. The restaurant is more than adequate (in fact, we met some people who had come from a comparably rated resort just "down the street" - Bali Hi - who commented that they liked our accomodations much better and at least we had a restaurant). When you want more variety in food, there are places within walking distance or other restaurants will pick you up.

Overall, this is a comfortable resort -- small & intimate. Not a big sandy beach (but there are GREAT public sandy beaches to go to if you rent a car / scooter) - but the snorkeling is better than in many areas. The reason I rated this hotel high is that I think it is a good value for the money spent. It doesn't compare to a Sheraton - but if you want to pay that much money just for a place to sleep and share the same water (with not as nice of a bay location), by all means spend your money, take your choice! If you are looking for a lesser cost option to experience Moorea (reduced rates are even available for stays of 4 nights or more) - then this is the place for you. .... Thanks Greg & staff for an enjoyable stay. ... We will be back!

  • Liked — it's fantastic location
  • Disliked — roosters -- but they are all over the island!
  • Stayed October 2007
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boston
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Reviewed August 8, 2007

OK, so I see that people are acknowledging that this is a budget situation which is a good thing. Knowing this, however, I was SHOCKED to see the condition of the room. My husband and I did a tour of the islands with Moorea as our last stop. The Hotel Kaveka was lower in price but by all other accounts, seemed to be a good value. Upon arrival, we were quite surprised. The water did not work in our bungalow when we arrived (pipes making awful rumbling sounds and drips of water coming out) and it took hours to get it fixed. The room had two dead bugs squashed on the wall and the screens were in poor repair. The beds were uncomfortable and the decor was very outdated. Our bungalow was supposed to be ocean front but we were set fairly far back. It was explained to us that this was the last available bungalow despite our booking specification. We immediately walked the island looking for other accommodations but EVERYTHING was booked. The cats are a nuisance on the property and the VERY small beach is not worth mentioning. I should say that we are normally happy staying in places that are not 4 or 5 star...we are not that picking. We had stayed in a similar situation on Bora Bora that was WONDERFUL just prior to arriving in Moorea. This, however, was absolutely ridiculous. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone, particularly if you are interested in a beach location. REALLY think carefully before booking this hotel. When you find that it was a mistake, there may not be other options available.

  • Disliked — the rooms
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed April 24, 2007

Very lovely family owned hotel with 25 bungalows. We went to Moorea for 12 days and stayed the whole time at the Kaveka., even going so far as to change our other travel plans because it was so comfortable. We had a beach front bungalow on a corner of the property that gave us a bit of privacy from prying eyes. Plus we only had to walk ten feet to go snorkeling in the nice coral reef that extends about 100 yrards out and 500 yards wide before dropping down into deep blue sea. We saw turtles in the deep water and lots of colorful fish.

Centrally located, the Kaveka has a nice over water restaurant vwith one of the best views on the island. A pier extends out from the restaurant to the end of the coral reef, allowing one to jump off the pier and go swimming to cool off or snorkeling. Good food and friendly staff makes the stay very worthwhile, the breakfast is decent enough.

Local hotels and restaurants will pick you up for lunch or dinner, and you are close to the jumpoff for the Lagoon Picnic Tour, which allows you to swim with sharks, feed stingrays and snorkel in a great lagoon after lunch on a Motu, small island. Albert Tours also hosted a four wheel drive tour that takes you to the top of Mt. Belvedere and to the local Agricultural College and thorugh the interrior of the island.

Local stores give you the chance to buy juice, snacks, beer, etc. The Hotel Kaveka is well worth it., quaint , clean, comfortable and good value. Check it out, they offer discounts for staying longer than 7 days and will help with anything you might need.

  • Liked — Quiet, easy place to hang around and relax, also centrally located on Moorea
  • Disliked — Nothing really to dislike,
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2006

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Kaveka for one week 3 years ago; it's been a while, but we still have happy memories of it.

On our very low budget we had no AC or TV, but we were in Moorea! Why would any healthy young person want either of those things when staying at on of the most beautiful places on earth: Cook's Bay. The place is right up against the water with its own small beach and coral reef right there. Walk out to the end of the hotel's pier and jump in; the snorkeling was wonderful and easy. Greg and his staff were great.

If you want to be in a tropical paradise and are on a tight budget, you can't beat the Kaveka.

Stayed September 2003
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Utah, USA
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Reviewed September 12, 2006

We really liked our stay at the Hotel Kaveka. The best snorkeling was right off the shore of the hotel property. The rooms were clean with a fridge and air conditioning. The owner of the hotel shuttled us to and from town and to church. Very nice. Good food! We would stay there again in a minute.

  • Liked — BUNGLO , LIKE HAWAII WAS 50 YEARS AGO
  • Disliked — WE HAD A BEE IN OUR BUNGLO WHEN WE ARRIVED THERE
  • Tips/Secrets — IT IS NOT FANCY. VERY RELAXING AND DOWN TO EARTH
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Kaveka
Address: Bp 373, Maharepa, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea > Maharepa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Kaveka 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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