Le Manotel

Le Manotel Rurutu is located on the eastern coast of remote Rurutu, just 2 miles south of the main village of Moerai. Bordered by the ocean and a brilliant white sand beach on one side and a 'makatea' or fossil coral cliff on the other side, Le Manotel offers an authentic Polynesian respite from everyday life. This charming guest house has just six traditional bungalows and is run by a married couple who love to share their passion for their island home. 

The guesthouse’s restaurant and bar are delightful gathering places for delicious locally inspired meals and drinks. Lunch and dinner is created by Helen and feature fresh fish and tropical fruits and vegetables, and lovely sweet desserts. Breakfast is buffet continental style with fresh fruits and all that you need to get you going for the day. Yves, Helen's husband, offers daily activities from hikes and 4x4 excursions to snorkeling with whales and boating to waterfalls. 

The six comfortable bungalows come with a double bed and an outdoor terrace with an inviting lounge area.    

The pace is relaxed here but there are some fun things to do!


Board Games

Cultural Activities

Hiking Tours


Horseback Riding

Daily excursions with Yves

Limestone caves to explore

Humpback whales in Rurutu

The island of Rurutu, a small island paradise, is particularly renowned for whales in French Polynesia and even on a world scale. It is one of the best places in French Polynesia (without a crowd of tourists) to observe whales. Today, many local tourists come to observe these cetaceans between July and October, during the southern winter. Whales arrive on the island of Rurutu escaping the cold of Antarctica to give birth in the warmer waters of the Australes Archipelago.