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“Motu Aito Paradise: great Manihi and Tila!”
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Motu Aito
Ranked #4 of 10 Fakarava B&B and Inns
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“Motu Aito Paradise: great Manihi and Tila!”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

We have gone to the motu AITO PARADISE in june 2011: a very very beautiful experience. The location in simply fantastic and the owners Manihi and Tila are very kind: every day they stayied with us to discover the sea and the beautiful sites of the island, they bring us to fish every morning and every evening... a small family in our honey moon. The food was absolutly amazing: fresh fish every day in a coozy atmosphere. They also prepared a cake for my husband's birthday!!!!The best way to enjoy the true Fakarava and French Polynesia!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2006

The place is near the south pass, a 2 hr+ boat ride from the aiport. The location is heavenly, although it's not on a sandy beach, and there are some beautiful excursions such as the pink sands. The bungalows are well-built with what could be lovely outdoor bathrooms if the light was working, and you'll be lucky if you have more than one bare lightbulb in the room. It seems that the owners also consider a change of towel or a small blanket if you're cold at night an undeserved luxury. If they have spares for anything they were unwilling to bring them out...The food is ok but if you want fresh fish bring your speargun... I'm used to roughing it but for 150 USD a night (and a minimum stay of 2 nights) I like to see some smiling faces and a minimum of good will.

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Reviewed February 19, 2006

I agree completely with the two previous reviews. Tila and Manihi are great hosts. The snorkeling at Tetamanu Village is the best we have seen (and we have snorkelled almost everywhere). The location is great. But there were times when we would have left if we could have done so, because of circumstances the other reviewers probably did not encounter.

A group of four French divers stayed at Motu Aito at the same time as we did. They monopolized the boat and mealtimes had to be adjusted to their schedules. We tried to cooperate and snorkel or travel at the same times they did, but they clearly did not want us around. I admit that our French is poor, but we spent the next week with a French family and we enjoyed one anothers' company and had no difficulty at all in communicating. On a motu you can't go anywhere without a boat, so for a lot of the time we were marooned.

The second factor was the mosquitoes and flies. We tried to cover ourselves with insect repellent, but the little devils discovered any patch of skin that escaped our efforts. The flies homed in on our lips and eyes, and the mosquitoes found exposed toes and buzzed around our ears. There is a consistent breeze from the east, but our bungalow faced northwest.

Tila and Manihi are not only innkeepers and tour guides, but since they are an hour and a half from the nearest town, they have also to catch your dinner and serve as carpenter, electrician, and plumber. They also attend to their own family, who help to take care of guests. Motu Aito is a wonderful experience with a wonderful Puamotuan family, but unwanted guests, human and otherwise, can overwhelm Tila and Manihi's best efforts.

Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed November 5, 2005

We had a great time at Motu Aito Paradise. It is located away from civilization. The snorkeling is fantastic because the amount of fish and the clarity of the water. Tila and Manihi are great hosts. We would like to go back next year!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed July 24, 2005

My husband and I stayed at Motu Aito Paradise in Fakarva as part of our honeymoon in French Polynesia.

Prior to going to Fakarava we stayed at 5 star resorts in Moorea and Bora Bora.

Motu Aito is truly a paradise. it is a private motu about 1.5 hours by boat from the Fakarava airport and is owned by a wonderful Polynesian couple named Manihi and Tila.

It was a Robinson Crusoe getaway set in an idyllic paradise. I cried when we left b/c I was so sad to leave. Manihi and Tila treat their guests like family. We ate amazing food, went on excursions to pink sand beach and bird island, swam in the pass with sharks and fish, went on tuna fish hunting expeditions. It was great.

All their bungalows are hand made and each one is unique from the other, they are beautifully decorated. Beds are comfy, everything is very clean and it is so peaceful. It isn't a 5 star resort but in my book it should be, we loved staying here more than the overwater bungalows in Moorea and Bora Bora!

I would not hesitate to recommend staying here, I can't wait to go back. I look at our photos everyday b/c I miss it so much.

It really is a magical paradise worth visiting.

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Property: Motu Aito
Address: Tetamanu, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Tuamotu Archipelago > Fakarava
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Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Fakarava
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Motu Aito Hotel Fakarava

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