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“Our French Polynesian fairy tale”
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Pearl Havaiki
Ranked #1 of 10 Fakarava B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Loved, loved, loved our stay. Great place to relax. Well run, kayaks and bikes lots of fun, beautiful views, staff friendly and helpful, meals great. Beach hut worth the extra charge over a garden hut. Bring any sun supplies you might need, shopping is sparse on Fakarava. Check out my blog, http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/French-Polynesia/Fakarava/blog-781220.html, for photos and story.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

My husband and I felt in love with This place as soon as we got here. Joachim picked us up with his cute bus from the airport. We were handed a necklace of flower which was a lovely touch for a pension. We drove 10 minutes and arrive at the pension. The location is amazing, just on a beautiful beach with sitting area / table in the water which was the perfect place to be with a cold beer and watch the sun comes down. And boy, the sunsets are amazing! We had booked a bungalow on the beach and it was so typically Polynesian and confortable. Really good room with mosquito net and a fan. How blissful to be woken up by the waves of the lagoon! Breakfast and 3 course diner are served in a big fare. The night of our arrival a trio was playing and singing. The food is very good. Note that half board is compulsory in Fakarava. There is also a bar on the beach that serves lunch and drinks. Joachim helped us book our diving which was really helpful. On our last day we joined the pearl lottery which is an amazing experience and such a great idea. I will not tell you more but basically you get to get a pearl. Mine was in the salmon colour. I have made a necklace from it. One thing to notice is there is no hot water in the bungalows (which wasn't actually a problem for us but there is one share in the pension with hot water if you really need it). There are plans to upgrade the bungalows with hot water and air con in the next few months.
To sump up, I am hoping to go back soon as i can as I / we really loved this place! Thanks Joachim and co.
Berengere

Room Tip: It is worth booking the beach bungalows
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank BerrieLondon
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Joachim and Havaiki provide a lovely setting with comfortable accommodations and great food. The pearl farm tour and lottery rival that of the Gauguin Pearl Farm excursion on Rangiroa. Did I say lottery? Joachim takes guests out to the "farm", dives down to bring up a cage, takes the guests back to the pier and allows each guest to pick an oyster to see what luck they may have with the pearl (there is a nominal cost). He explains/shows the entire process from the surgical placement of "seed" to the removal of the pearl. At the end, he serves the Korori to any guest wanting fresh seafood - what a treat. You can read the details of the food provided in some of the other reviews....but the Snack on the beach served a marvelous Poisson Cru to rival all the others we tried throughout French Polynesia. We would definitely stay here again!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank David G
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Fakarava was the third island we visited, and given its location, we had assumed that our Fakarava pension would be the most rustic of them all - and we were pleasantly surprised to find Havaiki to be incredible comfortable with, most impressively, really great food!

A note on the food, because I've seen it mentioned in a few reviews - keep in mind, you're on an atoll. A rather remote atoll. Most of the produce and fruit comes from Moorea - and that comes on a boat that arrives once a week (Thursdays). So you'll commonly find supplies is beginning to dwindle a bit at the end of the week (although we didn't feel as impacted by this at Havaiki as we did during our stay on Rangiroa).

If you're looking for a steady stream of every available option, you should head to Moorea or Bora Bora, or an island more fully outfitted for tourism.

If, however, you're happy to accept that you're far away from most everywhere else, your bathing water is rainwater and therefore unheated, and that you're trying to leave as minimal an environmental impact as possible, read on:

Breakfast - homemade yoghurt. Papaya. Mango. Cheese. Pancakes. Sausage. Dried fruit. The ubiquitous baguette (which is this ONE thing besides coconuts and pearls that FP has in great abundance). Juice, decent coffee, etc. And JAMS. Delicious jams.

Dinners were downright gourmet; as a vegetarian who can bring herself to eat fish, I was able to arrange for fish on the occasional night the other guests had chicken. And yes, the food is expensive - but it's traveled a long, long way to get there, and you really won't do any better anywhere else.

Meanwhile, the rooms are spotlessly clean and full of character, and ours was right on the water, where we would routinely spend our evenings watching the INCREDIBLE sunsets.

They have three pet nurse sharks (note: nurse sharks are generally of the "nice" shark variety... nothing to worry about assuming you're using your smarts and keeping a healthy distance) who are just as entertaining to watch as the sunsets...

Joachim and his family and staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly; Joachim was always present at dinner to check in and see how your stay was going.

And the excursions were fantastic - especially snorkeling the south pass (we're only beginning divers - but seriously, the visibility was such that we saw just as much from the surface as you'd have seen a bit deeper down... I'm sure there are divers who would scoff at this, but this is just to say the snorkeling was great)... it's a significant boat-ride away, but well worth the trip.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

- No warm / hot (just cold) water in shower
- additional 58 euros for breakfast and dinner day ly (obligatory)
- very poor breakfast ( one plate of fruit for all hotel, mango and papaya are in short supply, no juice, coffee is ugly. only baguette is abundant)
- between breakfast and dinner there is nothing to eat and drink(no drink water etc)
- at night a lot of mosquitoes and midges

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

we had a short, but pleasant stay at Havaiki! Joachim and his wife do a great job to make you feel very comfortable: basic, spotless and comfortable bungalows on the beach, tasty food, great service! There's no better place to have your feed in the water and watching rays and sharks crusing along...

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lauric61
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We spent three nights in this amazing pension and we loved it.
Nice people and great trip organized by the pension itself.
The chance to have a great raw-fish lunch in the lagoon is priceless and the sunset in front of the bungalows will be etched in my mind forever!
They do everything by their own, and they do it very well!
We suggest the trip to the South Pass of Fakarava: just great with Havaiki people!

Room Tip: Ask for beach bungalow: they are great!
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rotoava, 98763, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Tuamotu Archipelago > Fakarava
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Fakarava
Price Range: $100 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pearl Havaiki 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
6 Bungalows On The Beach And 3 Gardens With A Restaurant In The Oldest Pearl Farm ... more   less 
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