Aimeo Lodge, Moorea, Islands of Tahiti
In the 1960’s Jay Carlisle, Hugh Kelley and Don “Muk” McCallum (later known as the ‘Bali Hai Boys’) moved from California to Tahiti, bought an old hotel on Moorea and named it Hotel Bali Hai. They fixed it up, built bungalows on the beach, and the overwater bungalow was born. In February of 2018, the resort was renamed Aimeo Lodge.
Aimeo Lodge, Moorea
No longer operating as a hotel, Aimeo Lodge is a seasonal rental property and as one of Moorea’s oldest properties it’s definitely showing its age. That said, it’s a budget-friendly way to enjoy an overwater bungalow with great views as long as you’re not expecting a 4 or 5-star experience.
There are 30 rooms on the property, six of which are overwater bungalows. Aimeo’s Cook’s Bay location means the views are stunning, but due to the way the property is operated, amenities are few. There is an outdoor pool, kayaks, a gift shop and a restaurant with limited hours. Each bungalow or room has a private kitchen and all rooms are air conditioned and contain a private bathroom.
There’s a car rental service in front of the lodge, so you can rent a car and explore the island. And Moorea has an abundance of things to do including snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, 4x4 tours, hiking, and exploring pineapple plantations.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly into Tahiti’s Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT) then catch an intraisland flight (via Air Tahiti) or take the ferry to Moorea.
A good attitude! It may not be five-star luxury, but overwater bungalows accommodations at these prices — and with these views — are nothing to sneeze at!