Pension Vaimano-Raivavae
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Pension Vaimano-Raivavae

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#1 of 1 lodge in Raivavae
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A spacious home perched on the hillside with 4 lovely rooms all featuring a sublime panoramic view of the Raivavae lagoon, its motus or of the majestic mountain. The rooms all lead to the terrace outside. You can relax in the common room, partake of delicious local or international cuisine, and reserve all of your activities.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Breakfast available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Seating area
Separate dining area
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Family rooms
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English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more


Vaiuru, 98750 French Polynesia
Getting there
Raivavae Airport
28Reviews5Q+A1Room tip

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bmmartino wrote a review Dec 2020
Houston, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing time. Pension Vaimano features 4 bungalows situated on a hill overlooking Motu Piscine and it is spectacular. Our bungalow was spacious, comfortable, and clean. From our private deck, we had a great view of the lagoon and motu. There's fruit all around. Bicycles are available. You get a mini fridge for keeping your Hinano cold. And you get paradise.

The pension is ran by Clarissa and she is a fantastic host. She went above and beyond to make sure we had a great stay. Every meal we had was great. Multiple times during our stay Clarissa offered to drive us around Raivavae or to the market to get supplies. Her dogs are really friendly and were often found sleeping outside our bungalow at night. My wife also loved the puppies. Clarissa also arranged a trip to Motu Piscine with a picnic which was awesome.

Raivavae is a special place. It is an unspoiled paradise. You could sit by the main ring road and maybe see 10 cars drive by during the entire day. While biking or walking, every person you pass waves. Its the perfect place to disconnect from the rest of the world.

I would highly recommend visiting Raivavae and I would equally recommend staying with Clarissa at Pension Vaimano. I hope to be able to return one day.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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MIRIJOE wrote a review Sept 2015
Turin, Italy
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed ten days at Pension Vaimano which we chose for its location on the hillside in front of the magnificent Motu Piscine. There are four bungalows in wood ,new and furnished with elegant furniture ,a small fridge and a spacious bathroom. There is a large terrace where you can have your meals which are usually prepared by Clarisse, the lovely owner of the pension.She is a good cook even if there is not a great variety of food on the island (We were there in August that is winter :fresh vegetables are difficult to grow and they have to wait for the cargo Tuhaa PAE 4 from Tahiti to have more choice for fresh food) Fruit is OK and fish as well that is fished beyond the reef .There are a couple of stores in 20 - 30 minutes on foot but do not expect to find a great varie ty of food or souvenir. We hiked to Mount Hiro with Clarisse' s brother:breathtaking view (also a bit tiring, it is a whole day excursion).We went to Motu Pisci ne of course both by the traditional polynesian boat driven by one of Clarisse' s nephew and by our own by kayak (30 - 40 minutes to get there) We had a bbq on the motu and some snorkeling as well (not much lagoon fish because it is mostly sandy with a scarce presence of corals and very cool almost cold water as it is winter and at these latitudes the temperatures reach a maximum of 24° during the day and 17 - 19 at night)
Be prepared to share your meals in good company of a dozen of cats and a big black lovely dog called Tatou (all well fed by Clarisse their owner).It has been a lovely place to stay and We thank Clarisse for her lovely company
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Date of stay: October 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All bungalows are the same but the first certainly enjoys the best view
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Response from Clarisse P, eCommercial at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae
Responded 21 Sept 2015
Hello, thank you very much for your comment. We strive to the maximum to welcome our customers in the Polynesian tradition and authenticity. Your opinion is important and we reward our work.
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cosamui wrote a review Feb 2024
Koblenz, Germany
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had booked this accommodation some time in advance and had been in regular contact with Clariss. We had also already paid for the stay in advance by bank transfer. We were still in contact by email just a few days before we arrived. When we arrived at the airport, Clariss had obviously forgotten that we had booked and it seemed as if she was fully booked. She greets all the guests at the airport with a garland of flowers, except us. We don't understand French and therefore don't know what is going on and stand around a bit helplessly. In the end she must have been a bit disorganized and we get our hut. A garland of flowers to welcome us, but nothing later. We feel a bit like second-class guests because we don't speak French. She doesn't make much of an effort for us. Nevertheless, the huts are very nice and the food is delicious... although there is very little on the first evening as she had planned for 3 fewer guests. Given the already high prices for the hut, we found it a little disappointing that we were charged a lot of money for the canoe and bike when we left. The accommodation is a few kilometers from the nearest shop and you need a bike just to get something to drink. It's a shame, because it would have been a much nicer memory of this stay.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ludivine P wrote a review Aug 2023
Papeete, French Polynesia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were really looking forward to this stay on the island of Raivavae. A magnificent island despite everything ❤️

But then the pension... it's something else. We left so disappointed...
And yet we have visited several islands where everything has always gone well.
But this is the first time that we have been forgotten at the airport. (We were really scared! We didn't know what to do. She wouldn't pick up the phone).

Bungalow not clean...and so on.
Home really not the best. Horrible even. She was the most embarrassed.

No excuses (that's all we asked for, an apology) as if it was normal to leave your guests alone at the airport for more than an hour.

the host did not say a single word to us during the entire stay, even though we were very accessible, even though the stay started very badly. Apologies that's all. That's it, let's move on.

We have very bad memories of it. Unfortunately.
And we knew how to say it to those around us.

In short, run away.
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Date of stay: March 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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JACQUES B wrote a review Dec 2023
Annecy, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A very pleasant stay at the Vaimano pension!
Very pleasant welcome by Vaimano herself, assisted by Pikitoa and Gabin and Auntie.
The bungalows are spacious and comfortable, the meals taken together with the family are very, very hearty and delicious, Vaimano is a second chef in Tahiti and his talent is expressed in traditional cuisine punctuated with great creativity!
Pikitoa and Gabin are adorable and co-organized the outing to motu swimming pool with a delicious barbecue and a trip in a traditional canoe.
Everyone was very available while respecting everyone's independence.
In summary, an unforgettable stay where the hardest part was leaving!
A big thank you to the whole pension
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from Clarisse P
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Bonjour, Oui, nous sommes ouverts toute l'année. Nous sommes fermés seulement une semaine en février et en septembre (en début de mois). Nous nous déplaçons à Tahiti pour le Salon du Tourisme. Nous restons à votre disposition pour toute information complmentaire.
DOMINIQUE F asked a question Apr 2023
Düsseldorf, Germany9 contributions13 helpful votes
Bonjour Amandine G., Je suis entièrement d'accord avec votre avis : AFFREUX publié hier au sujet de cette pension
Answer from Clarisse P
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Bonjour, nous n'avons pas de site internet. Nous avons une page Facebook: Pension Vaimano - Raivavae. Notre adresse mail: vaimano arobace outlook point fr. Bien cordialement.
Answer from Clarisse P
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Hola, Gracias por su interés en nuestra pensión. Para llegar a Vaiuru, no hay problema Clarisse viene al aeropuerto para buscar los huéspedes. La transferencia de coche se ofrece. Para ver excursiones en barco, IGUAL; le llevamos directamente hasta el lugar de embarque y vendremos a buscarlos. Esto está incluido en nuestro servicio. Para llegar a Raivavae, tienes 2 opciones: -por barco : la compañía naviera Tuhaa Pae (snathp com, tel:. (689) 40 41 36 16)," -por avión : la compañía aérea Air Tahití (airtahiti pf, tel.: (689) 40 86 40 00). Nos quedamos a su disposición para cualquier información adicional. Muy cordialmente.
MIRIJOE wrote a tip Sept 2015
Turin, Italy30 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All bungalows are the same but the first certainly enjoys the best view"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pension Vaimano-Raivavae
What are some of the property amenities at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pension Vaimano-Raivavae have airport transportation?
Yes, Pension Vaimano-Raivavae offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pension Vaimano-Raivavae?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Is Pension Vaimano-Raivavae accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.