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Polynesia is not just about luxury hotels on stilts. There are also more simple and more affordable accommodation, pensions, where the atmosphere is also more family and very warm.
Like at home
I keep a dazzling memory of the island of Maupiti, where I spent a few days in october 2012. Unlike its neighbor Bora-Bora, Maupiti does not have any luxury hotels. The inhabitants did not want it ... So, the atmosphere remained very authentic and the only accommodations are B & Bs and boarding houses.
I tested the pension of the motu Auira, held by the adorable Gilbert and Edna (see here their Facebook page). Comfort is simple: bed with mosquito net, fan, shower, in a fare (bungalow) individual, on a beautiful beach! In reality, we do not need anything more in Polynesia ... And it's a real pleasure to feel like home, to feel like a little part of the family, after accompanying Gilbert to fishing and tasting its tasty marinades of raw fish with coconut milk.
Prices vary from one archipelago to another, depending on the situation of the pension and benefits. Basically, it takes between € 70 and € 110 per person per night, half board.
To find the nicest pensions, it's worth taking the time to look for recent reviews from travelers, forums and blogs. Better to book in advance, to be sure to find a place in the pension of his dreams. Since there are only a few rooms, they display very quickly complete.
AT RangiroaI stayed at the Cécile pension. My birthday falling in the middle of the trip, I was entitled, in the evening, to a big cake with candles and a mini-ukulele concert! A delicate attention, organized with the complicity of my girlfriend of travel ...
Short, Polynesians really have a sense of hospitality and hospitality. These are not empty words. We really realize that by staying in pensions.