Alain and Muriel, for how long have you been running a guesthouse in French Polynesia ?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
After living the hustle live of Paris we decided to move on an atoll and make a huge change in our life ! We found this piece of land between ocean and lagoon with turquoise colors and built our bed and guesthouse in French Polynesia. We called it Bounty as that name sounded full of connotations both local and international: Mutiny of the Bounty, the famous film with Marlon Brando; the well known brand of chocolate. It is only when we got our first English speaking guests that we learned that it was also an English adjective meaning a lot of things we have to live up to!!!
What are the unique characteristics of your guesthouse ?
The atoll of Rangiroa in French Polynesia has the most spectacular views in he world. Our guesthouse is a perfect place for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. At a few steps from the beach of both the lagoon and the ocean, Pension Bounty is a prime location for scuba divers and for those loving to watch the sun rise or sun set over the clear and sparkling water. At Tiputa Chanel, a half mile away you can see the dolphins playing and jumping the waves.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your guesthouse has made their stay special ?
Our guests said they like the way we welcome them and appreciate our availability. They like the fact that we organize everything about excursions, snorkeling and scuba diving. We have diner with them and they seem very happy about being around a table with guests of different nationalities. I love to help them translating their words in French, English, Spanish or Italian. Of course the best is the atoll itself and its sites for French Polynesia vacation and it is one of the best spots in the world for scuba diving.
Please describe in short your bed and guesthouse and its general services and amenities.
From Tahiti Tourism Office Pension Bounty has received 2 Tiare, out of a maximum of 3. Thanks to the weather in French Polynesia the meals are taken outside all year around. A deck furnished with a large and unique table allows our guests to group together for breakfast and diner in front of the tropical garden. A free pick up is also offered by the restaurants around. We have diner with our guests and we serve grilled and cooked fish of very different varieties, fished a few hours before in the ocean and the lagoon. There is a library with some 300 books in 5 different languages, free bicycles and free Wi-Fi connection.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity ?
We have 4 rooms for 2/3 people with equipped kitchenette. The maximum capacity of Pension Bounty is 12 people. Double bed or twin bed + 1 single bed according to requirement.
What kinds of rooms do you offer ?
We welcome you to 4 comfortable studios, where the calm and tranquility will captivate you. Each double studio with European comfort requirements includes: Equipped kitchenette, Bathroom with hot water, Mosquito screen on door and window, Safe, Ceiling fan, Large deck, table and chairs, deck chairs, Extra bed available.
Which room is your personal favorite ?
Our 4 rooms are similar.
What do the room rates include ?
Rooms are fully inclusive of all taxes, breakfast, unlimited Wi-Fi connection, round trip from the airport, unlimited use of bicycles and palms, masks, tuba.
Do you offer any special packages ?
Yes, according to dates and saisons we have Special Offers for your French Polynesia vacation visible on our web site..
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property ?
Our breakfast is partially self service and includes coffee, several types of tea, chocolate, 5 kinds of fruit juice, bread and mild and salted butter, cheese, 12 kinds of jam, honey, fruits. In complement and always free of charge we serve eggs cooked according to requirement.
When and where is breakfast served ?
On the island with the sun we wake up quite early! So we serve breakfast on the large deck in front of the garden from 7.15 to 8.15. Thus the time to go on an excursion or to go scuba diving is plenty!
Are dietary needs accommodated ?
We try to meet the specific requirements of or clients with no additional payment but we are situated on a French Polynesian atoll in the middle of the Pacific ocean!
Do you serve other meals ?
Breakfasts and diners are served at Pension Bounty. Our guests have lunch most of the time during the excursions. They can also choose a restaurant around or to prepare their lunch themselves using the kitchenette in their studio.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use ?
Each studio has an equipped kitchenette.
Is your guesthouse suitable for children ?
To respect the peacefulness and quietness wanted by the guests we do no accept children under 12 years old and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Do you accept pets ?
It is not allowed to bring animals on the atoll without a very long quarantine.
What is your smoking policy ?
No smoking rooms but allowed on the deck and in the garden.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby ?
Yes there is one but our guest arrive by plane or boat and we pick them up at their arrival.
Is your guesthouse suitable for disabled guests ?
Our atoll by itself is quite uncomfortable for disabled people and our rooms have no specific facilities for that purpose.
What safety precautions are provided at your guesthouse ?
Fire alarms are included. Up to now we are lucky enough to live in very quiet and safe surrounding.
What is your check-in/check-out policy ?
We always try to accommodate time to check in and check out according to the flights of our guests. In addition a room with shower and toilette is at their disposal if they wish to do a last nice swimming in the lagoon just before departure.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your guesthouse ?
The minimum is 2 nights but such a short stay would not allow our guests to fully enjoy the beauty of our atoll !
How can guests check availability and make a reservation ?
The best way is to check our web site’s planning availabilities and fill up the form on our web site or just send us an e-mail: contact[@]pension-bounty.com.
What is you cancellation policy ?
To confirm a reservation we ask an non-refundable down payment equal to one night.
What types of payment do you accept ?
We accept payment by credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), wire transfers, cash.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with ?
The warm climate of French Polynesia allows everyone to walk around lightly dress. At table we appreciate that our guests wear a shirt or tee shirt.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Dip your toes into the gorgeous soft pink sand of Les Sables Rose (‘The pink sands’), one of French Polynesia’s most beautiful beaches. Located on the eastern end of Rangiroa’s lagoon and easily reached on a day excursion from any of Rangiroa’s resorts, the beach offers great swimming and snorkelling and is the ideal spot for a secluded picnic. Or snorkel amid colourful fish and coral at the famous “motu, acquarium” spot schools of dolphins playing in Avatoru Pass and Tiputa Pass; watch thousands of seabirds nesting at Île aux Oiseaux (Birds Island); or cruise out to L’île Aux Recifs (Reef Island), renowned for its fossilised razor-sharp coral formations that have been created by erosion – just remember to take reef shoes.
Less commercial than Tahiti for French Polynesia vacation, Rangiroa offers the quintessential South Pacific experience: languid days spent beneath an endless blue sky in a landscape of untamed scenic beauty. And for those wanting a more active vacation, Rangiroa also provides an immense playground for water sports and day trips to explore nearby motus. World famous for scuba diving, Rangiroa is probably the most famous shark diving destination in the South Pacific, with more than 10 species commonly sighted. Be sure to visit Avatora or Tiputa Village for an insight into traditional South Sea island life. In Tiputa you can also enjoy great views from Tiputa Point on a picnic.
Take a dolphin-watching cruise, easily arranged from Pension Bounty. Or head to the public park at the western side of Tiputa Pass and watch playful dolphins frolicking and leaping high above the waves for free – best time is during the late afternoon.
Head to Tiputa Pass, recognized as one of the world’s greatest shark dive locations. Watch a breathtaking array of eagle rays, tuna, various species of sharks including grey – and black – tipped sharks, and schools of dolphins that gather around the reef entrance to the lagoon. Watch sharks cruise by harmlessly – but close enough to make your heart beat just a little faster. Tiputa is also a good place to spot whales, between July and August. Probably the best time here is between December and March, when huge hammerhead sharks gather for the mating season. Tiputa is best for experienced divers as the current can be tricky; beginners should try inside the reef near Avatoru Pass and around the small islets sitting inside both passes. Typically, the water is so clear that visibility can reach 80m, and the temperature a constant 27-28°C.
Grab your mask and fins and simply walk out the front door of the bed and breakfast and jump in: anywhere on the atoll of Rangiroa is great for snorkelling. Discover a rich variety of marine life in Rangiroa’s lagoon or head to L’Ile aux Recifs beach, Papiro Point and Mahuta. For a unique adventure experience, try drift-snorkelling the Pass of Tiputa, known locally as ‘shooting the pass’: with visibility up to 35m, you can safely watch sharks, dolphins, turtles and rays swimming beneath you as you literally drift with the incoming current through the pass. Enjoy a day trip across the lagoon to Rangiroa’s nearby islets, explore the bird sanctuary or watch the dolphins frolicking at Tiputa Pass.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached ?
Rangiroa, the largest island in a string of 240 unspoiled coral atolls that make up the Tuamotu archipelago, is just an hour’s flight from Papeete, the capital of Tahiti.
Pension Bounty is located in Rangiroa Atoll and needs 1-hour flight to be reached. Therefore it is strongly recommended to book a Papeete – Rangiroa flight transfer before booking your stay at Pension Bounty.
Air France and Air Tahiti Nui run several fights per week from Los Angeles to Tahiti, then AIR TAHITI : www.airtahiti.aero and reservation[@]airtahiti.pf will take you to Rangiroa.
At Rangiroa airport you will see us waiting to welcome you, a sign written BOUNTY on it in hand.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a guesthouse ?
Guests are usually very happy to share the feeling and the impressions they get from the different French Polynesian islands, excursions and dives they do with guests from other countries. In 13 years we have received guests from 95 different nationalities!
Is there something more that you want to share about your property or vacation in French Polynesia ?
You have read it, now it’s time to live it !