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Pension Kanahau - Hiva Oa

On the heights of the village of Atuona, overlooking the harbor, the bay and the green valley of Tahauku, the Pension Kanahau is run by the friendly Tania. 4 simple yet clean cottages, furnished in teak wood and tamanu await you. Each unit has its private bathroom with hot water, TV, ceiling fan and a covered terrace with a very nice view over the valley or bay. The large dining room of the guest house, decorated in local style, has a large terrace from where you will have an exceptional panorama, while taking your continental breakfast. Which better way to start your day!


Located 9 km from the airport, 1 km from the village of Atuona and the pier.

 Welcome with flower lei. 

Dining - Entertainment Features

Meals are served on a large common table under a beautiful pergola overlooking the bay of Tahauku. 

Continental breakfast is served from 06h30. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate will be offered with brioche bread, homemade jams (bananas, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple …), fresh fruit plate.

Dinner is on request. Reservation and payment on site directly. It is served from 19:30. There is a fixed menu with main course and dessert.

The guest house does not provide lunch. However, customers will find something to eat in the various snacks and shops of the village of Atuona.

Limited bar on site (only local beers) .


Free WIFI access in the public areas but slow connection.

Facilities and Activities

The guest house organizes half-day or full day tours to explore the island of Hiva Oa. Reservation and payment directly on-site.

Free Activities: Library,

Other Facilities : Jacuzzi, TV/Movie Room,


No special children’s menu at the guest house. For infant 0-2 years old no breakfast provided. Please make your own arrangements.

Important Remarks

Information on this fact sheet is subject to change without prior notice. 

This establishment belongs to the official category of “guesthouses & family hotels”. The classification of these lodges has been set in order to clearly differentiate them from the ”international hotels and residences” category, based on the following key elements

 – A limited number of furnished units, generally located close to the family home 

– Facilities tailored to domestic standards, different from the international tourist hotels criteria

 – Restricted catering, reception, and housekeeping service

 – Limited staff, both in terms of numbers and professional training 

– Reduced taxes Thus, any restrictive diets, special physical conditions, arrival/departure outside of regular Check In and Check Out hours must be communicated to us before the reservation is made, and are subject to the approval of the establishment. While it is true that the level of comfort can not be compared to that of an international hotel, the commitment to hospitality remains nevertheless professional. 

No credit card accepted. We highly recommend to bring some local currency (XPF) for your extra expenses. 

Room Facilities

Instant Coffee/Tea Facilities, Mobile Fan, Fridge, Housekeeping every 3 days, Mosquito Net, Private Bathroom & WC, Shower,

Room Categories

Ocean View Bungalow

These bungalows are also made of wood and furnished in teak and tamanu, with private terrace. The view differs from the garden units offering an exceptional view on Tahauku Bay with Tahuata Island in the background. No kitchen but a small extra fridge. Well designed and comfortable, these bungalows will make your stay a pleasant one.

 Maximum Occupancy : 3A

 Bed Configuration : 1 Double Bed + 1 Sofa Bed

Additional Facilities: N/A

Garden Bungalow & Kitchenette

Cosy local bungalows made of wood and furnished in teak and Tamanu, with private terrace. The view of the surrounding valley is majestic. Quiet and relaxing, you’ll enjoy these units, which also offer a small kitchen, handy if you want to have lunch or dinner in your bungalow. Recommended to families with child.

Maximum Occupancy : 2A or 3A 

Bed Configuration : 2 Single Beds or 3 Single Beds

Additional Facilities : Cooking Facilities, Cooking Facilities,

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