Our plane was an hour late but Dad was there to pick us up. Note that at the airport you walk past the hotel desks, grab your bags and hop on the catamaran for the short ride to the main pier in Vaitape, no charge as it is included in the flight price.
Gloria the mama of the house welcomed us and offered dinner. The Chow Mein was the best we had in our whole Polynesian experience and highlighted just how poor our lunch at the Meridien was. The rooms are pretty basic but more than adequate. We lit mossie coils at door and windows and had no problems even without mossie nets.
The pension is just 10 minutes outside the town centre and you walk past the main supermarket. Watch out for the ridiculous taxi prices, car hire is not much better. Luckily Dad gave us a couple of lifts to the beach etc.
When it came to pay Gloria said it was this much, we said are you sure? Including pickup/dropoff, lifts, accommodation and dinner on the first night it was our most reasonable of 5 weeks in Polynesia on it's most expensive island. We had a lovely time at a 10th of the cost of an over the water bungalow but it was the experience of genuine Polynesian hospitality that will stay with us. Thanks Gloria!
- Also Known As:
- Pension Noni Bora Bora/Vaitape