The soothing sound of waves, soft white sand, and loads of sunshine are standard on Tahiti holidays. The largest of the Society Islands in Polynesia, Tahiti is a postcard-perfect tableau of looming volcanic mountains, pristine beaches, and lush rainforest right at the doorstep of its budget hotels.
La Relais Fenua on West Tahiti Island is a small family-run pension house that caters to families on a budget. Its nine rooms are done with tasteful Tahitian ornaments, and the 1980’s-style swimming pool provides a view of the cacti surrounding the pension house. Enjoy a healthy snack of papaya or avocados in the garden area behind the rooms, or explore the beach right across the street.
Temanuata Beach Bungalows on renowned Bora Bora Island is a real bargain with its beachfront location, swimming lagoon, and daily breakfast basket. A few minutes’ stroll takes you to Matira Beach. Snorkelling, four-wheel drive tours, and hiking are among the popular activities here.
Village Temanoha on Moorea Island offers excellent views of the mountains and serene surroundings at an affordable price. Relax in any of the six bungalows, which feature a lounge, garden-style bathroom, and veranda. Take a dip in the medium-sized pool, and enjoy the panorama of majestic mountains and verdant forests. Hop on a jet ski and zoom off to the nearby lagoon, go dolphin- and whale-watching, or saddle up and gallop on horseback around the Opunohu Valley Ranch. The hotel is family-run and has been operating for seven years.
Other low-cost Tahiti hotels are Relais Maurii in Huahine Island, Sunset Beach Bungalows in Raiatea Island, and Vanira Lodge in East Tahiti Island.