Tahitian bungalow on the black sand beach!
My booking reservation advised to call 48 hrs prior to arriving. I failed to do so and got there before the room was ready. A quick call to Carlos and the housekeeping staff were there within 10 mins. They explained the workings of the bungalow while Carlos made the 1 hour drive from Papeete with the supplies. Basic breakfast food of bread, coffee and juice. The refrigerator already had butter in it. He also brought the freshest pineapple we had ever tasted. We had already bought groceries at the Carrefour in Papeete to cook our own meals but forgot bottled water. Luckily another Carrefour was located in Taravao on the isthmus 15-20 mins to the south. Not having enough time to properly clean, the housekeepers changed the bed linens and had fresh towels put in the bathroom. Advance notice assists the housekeepers to properly plan the cleaning schedules. Our bungalow was closest to the beach, beside the outdoor pavilion. It seemed to have a good breeze but the supplied floor fan assisted with air circulation. It was comfortable. The driveway gate is locked for the security of cars and guests and there is good parking for maybe six cars. While the surf was a bit too rough for us to snorkel, there were other guests kayaking, surfing and swimming. Equipment supplied on the beach. Carlos offered to take us on a complimentary tour to see Mt. Marau but we had another excursion planned. It was a generous offer.
Pros: There is a kitchenette equipped to make meals. The crowing roosters did not bother me at all and the resident cat was friendly and invited herself in
Cons: There could be more outlets in kitchen and bathroom and perhaps a ceiling fan.
Location: It is on the SE coast of Tahiti Nui on a black sand beach. There are numerous excursions offered by the island tour companies. Grocery stores close.