Hiti Moana villa
I found this place on the internet and booked in for
3 days with the intent of finding a place close in to Papeete.
One look at Papeete and the hotels/restaurants there and I decided
to make this my base of operations whenever I was on Tahiti.
Room with living room that could sleep 2 ,
kitchenette w/gas range, separate bedroom (full size bed), TV (3 French channels), hot shower,
ceiling fans, covered porch w/ table & chairs
KM South of the airport (Papeete) on SW tip of the island
ten feet from edge of lagoon
Tap water safe to drink
NOTE: No housekeeping services
snorkeling from dock. Lots
of tropical fish
Walk about 1 km north to explore the grotto.
Steve Brotherson offered to take me to the grocery store the first
morning to get stuff to make my own meals.
(689) 57-93-93 Fax:
Kon Tiki (Papeete)
Unfortunately on my first visit the Hiti Mona Villa
was fully booked after my initial three day stay, so I had to move
into Papeete for two days. After several calls I was finally
booked into the Kon Tiki on the waterfront.
Standard hotel room that with queen size bed, TV
(6-7 fuzzy French channels), warm shower, small refrigerator,
window air conditioner, small covered porch overlooking the harbor
Room clean, but a little worn around the edges. Could almost be Motel
Adjacent to Moorea jet ferry dock
Strange recessed electric plugs require deep
adaptor/plug. Normal one in bathroom that said it had 110v,
but that plug was not working. Plug Photos
Airport transfer normally
1500 CFP, but late at night it is 2500 CFP!!
Airport $1= 124.39 less
2% commission ......... Same in town as at the airport
Travelers checks: 126.06
Near Hiti Mona Villa: CHEZ MICHAEL is a five minute walk
or you can just cook in your room.
AROUND: You can get almost anywhere on the coast
using Le Truck. If you are out of Papeete, just stand by the road
and flag one down. In town, to get to Hiti Mona Villa go to the
bus stop behind the big bank building (look for the BT on the roof) that
is right behind the market (Rue Anne Marie Jovouhey). Mine left on
the hour so this may actually be the schedule? Last bus south runs
at 5 PM. The ride took 1 hour and cost from Papeete to Hiti Mona
Villa was 190 CFP ($1.53).
My guide book listed only one, but I found two. TIKI SOFT CAFE was
950 CFP for 43 minutes or a steep 18 cents (US) per minute!! Found
out later I was overbilled. Supposed to be 250 CFP for 15 minutes.
you are logging on to a hot mail or similar account make sure you ask
for a computer with an American keyboard! Not only are
the letters in different places on the French keyboards, but I could not
get into my lycos mail account from the them. As soon as I
switched computers - no problem. Tiki Soft has one American
keyboard, Mana has none. I did see an American log onto hotmail
with no problems using a French keyboard.
For more details on locations, click on the photos or see map
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I found two laundries. The cheapest
one (?) was next about a block south of the Kon Tiki hotel. It advertised 875 CFP for
wash, dry & fold. But, I'm not sure if that is one load, a
kilo, or?? Another one advertised 750 CFP to wash & 750 CFP to
dry (About $12.10 per load)
- Hiti Moana Villa
- Snorkeling (unless windy)
- Safe drinking water
- Women with flowers in their hair
- Drivers that stop when you enter a cross walk
- The Jet ferry to Moorea
|NOT SO GOOD:
- TV limited to 2-3 French channels
- Lagoon near Hiti Mona Villa not
too good for swimming due to coral.
- Nearest convenience store (Hiti Mona Villa) 25 minute walk
- Laundry $$
- Ants in the Kon Tiki
from around Tahiti
|WHAT TO DO:
- Eleuthera Plongee (Taina)
- Iti Diving International (Puunui)
- Aquatic Dive Center (Punaauia)
53-34-96 / 77-60-01
- Tahiti Plongee (Punaauia)
41-00-62 / 43-62-51
- Les Copains d'abord (Paea)
- Subatek (Arue)
- Wind surfing (bring your own system??)
- Surfing (Again, I think you may have to bring your own board).
Surf beach about 4 KM south of hotel.
- Reef fishing
- 4-wheel drive excursion
- Full day cross the island (7500 CFP per person)
- half day tours to Mt Marau or Papenoo Valley
- Natura Exploration
- Tahiti Safari Expeditions
- Marama Safari
- Deep Sea Fishing
- GIE Tahiti Sporting Adventure (Punaauia) 41-02-25
- Four wheeled ATV's
- Polynesie Quad Phone/Fax 53-33-90 (evenings) Cellular: