Tahiti on a budget? It's possible!

  • Le Mahana Lodge - Tahiti

    Le Mahana Lodge - Tahiti

  • Les Tipaniers Pensions – Moorea

    Les Tipaniers Pensions – Moorea

  • Moorea Beach Lodge - Moorea

    Moorea Beach Lodge - Moorea

Tahiti on a budget? It's possible! pf

Is Tahiti expensive? Not anymore! There is now a variety of affordable accommodations for young travelers. Tahiti opened its first youth hostel in December 2016 in central Papeete.

Backpacker-Friendly Accomodations

The Islands of Tahiti are more than just five-star hotels. There are actually plenty of locally-owned guest houses and small family-run hotels, where you can meet locals and truly experience Polynesian culture. You can even camp in the islands of Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti, Rangiroa and Fakarava.

The Mahana Lodge, owned by a young, local Tahitian offers affordable options (from $35 to $45 per night) and an authentic Polynesian vibe. It is made up of four room types: mixed dorm (12 beds), 4-bed rooms, female only dorm (4 beds) and a private double room. Breakfast is included in the cost and you can cook in the lodge.

Traveling to Tahiti on a Budget

There is a wide range of lodging options on the Island of Tahiti if you want to save money.

  • First, bed and breakfast accommodations are located adjacent to the family home, they come equipped with private or shared bathrooms and include furnished rooms or bungalows. The overnight stay includes breakfast served in your room or in a common area, which could be the family dining room.
  • Farés or “family residences” include furnished bungalows (nine units at most), located near the family home and are equipped with private bathrooms and facilities for cooking and relaxing. They have a front desk, a common area reserved to guests and, if desired, they will provide daily housekeeping.
  • Family-run boarding houses offer furnished rooms and/or bungalows (nine units maximum), located near or adjacent to the family home, and are equipped with private or shared bathrooms that are separate from those of the proprietor. In addition to breakfast, which is included in the price of your overnight stay, they offer at least one meal in a common area or perhaps in the family dining room.
  • Small, family-run hotels offer furnished rooms (twelve units at most) located in a block of flats or low-rise housing equipped with private bathrooms. They have a front desk, a bar, and a restaurant. In addition to breakfast, which is included in the price of your overnight stay, they offer complete food and beverage service and à la carte dining. They also provide daily housekeeping.