The 3 tiare Bora Bora Maitai is the only hotel offering Bora Bora cheap accommodation. It has the same Polynesian owner as Le Moana and the Paul Gauguin cruise ship so offers a distinct, island atmosphere. Stay here for Bora Bora cheap bungalows, amazing views, fantastic snorkeling and easy access to the best of the main island.
You can even save money getting to the Maitai. The free Air Tahiti shuttle boat will transport you across the lagoon to Vaitape and the Maitai can send a van to pick you up from there. You will be greeted with a traditional floral necklace when you arrive.
Le Maitai is located a few minutes north of famous Matira Beach, which is the most popular area of Bora Bora Island. The Circle Island Road runs along the lagoon at this point and separates the hotel into two parts. On the lagoon side there is a small, white sand beach, made private by a high wall of black lava rock which borders the road. At the edge of the beach 13 Le Maitai beach bungalows nestle amongst palms and flowering bushes. Three short piers extend into the lagoon and provide access to the 13 Maitai over water bungalows. The Tama'a Restaurant, set right on the beach, serves meals all year round.
Reception is across the road on the mountain side, surrounded by gorgeous tropical gardens. It's housed in a large, attractive, thatched roof, open air building, along with the casual Manuia Bar and the Haere Mai Restaurant (which is closed some of the year).
To the left of the reception building, Le Maitai has several thatched roof, two story blocks of rooms. It's quite a hike up the hill to reach these budget priced rooms. But on the way we had so much fun reading the names of the lush flowering foliage and marveling at the many blues of the lagoon, that it was all part of the Maitai experience.
Full and half board are available but if you like being independent you don't need to buy a meal package. You have easy access to a wide choice of eating places nearby, including a bustling mini-mart where the locals shop too.
Le Maitai provides beach towels, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and canoes. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere on the Maitai's beautiful little beach. The guests were a mixture of couples, families and single friends from France, England and the United States. As we paddled around in kayaks, over water bungalow guests, relaxing on their balconies, excitedly pointed out ray or octopus sightings.
We saw couples paddling out to the 'aquarium' next to the Sofitel Motu. This coral garden attracts the most tropical fish in Bora Bora, so having easy access to it is a bonus. Visitors not staying at Le Maitai or the Sofitel have to hire a motor boat or book a lagoon excursion to snorkel there. This is our favorite place for snorkeling in Bora Bora. We attempted to paddle across at the wrong time of day and the current was stronger than our arms.
At busy times of year, Le Maitai holds a Polynesian night once a week. A Polynesian barbeque and buffet with local specialties is presented.
Before you go, find out about the wide range of Bora Bora excursions and activities. You can book them yourself, or reception can do it for you after you arrive.
A stay at the Bora Bora Maitai makes it easy to get to all of the interesting Bora Bora shopping and sights. You can walk out the door to the Matira beach area or catch a taxi to Vaitape for about $10.
For a really special treat book a session at our favorite Bora Bora spa. To get there it's a short walk to the Le Moana where you can take a free shuttle boat out to the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort on the motu.
To help you decide, find out more about the cheap Bora Bora bungalows and garden or ocean view rooms available at the Maitai. Then look for Bora Bora cheap deals that are offered on this budget hotel.
If you book the Bora Bora Maitai be aware that the Circle Island Road is nearby. This is Bora Bora so there's only a few cars and scooters. We slept fine. But you will hear traffic passing by. There is an 'alive' island feel. If you want tranquility you may need to look at other options for cheap Bora Bora vacations or stay at one of the affordable Bora Bora resorts.