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South Lake Tahoe, California

Rundown Beach Shack w/ No Hot Water

Review of Vaikoa Units
1.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jul 4, 2019
Wow, the accommodations at Vaikoa Units are extremely rundown, and none of the units have hot water (meaning cold showers). It is glorified camping, at best.

We stayed in the larger beachfront unit, which is considered the nicest unit. Check out the photos to see the sad reality of this neglected shack!

There were many holes in the building and window screens, so mosquitoes, beetles, and wasps came in regularly. We also had a swarm of 75-100 bees inside one day! There are paper towels and toilet paper stuffed into holes by previous guests in an attempt to stop the onslaught.

The lighting is very poor, so reading at night isn’t an option; fixtures consist of bare light bulbs on the ceiling - there are no bedside or table lamps. There are also no dressers or closets, so you have to live out of your suitcase (on the floor).

The two kayaks on the property both leaked badly and would fill will water if taken out on the lagoon - making it unsafe to go any distance from shore.

There is no daily housekeeping, and our towels were only exchanged once during our 9-night stay. Sheets were not changed at all. Any cleaning that takes place between guests is very minimal. The units are dirty and in disrepair.

The worn-out linoleum flooring is not glued down and caused us to trip several times - which we attempted to fix with duct tape.

There’s an interior doorway with very low clearance; anyone over 5’9” in height will hit their head, as I did several times (leaving several gashes in my scalp). Adding to the problem, the location of the low doorway is at the top of a stairway - so you are looking down as you smack your head.

The ceiling fans are too weak to provide adequate ventilation, and there is no AC.

Privacy is also an issue, as the neighboring unit is just 6 feet away, and the beach shower which is used by all 8 units is on your porch. The drapes throughout the unit are sheer, so people can see in, particularly at night.

Although beachfront, the vegetation is not maintained and blocks much of the view.

Doors do not lock securely, and there isn’t a safe or anywhere to secure money, valuables, or passports. The gaps around the doors also let in insects (and we used duct tape in an attempt to seal them up).

The faucet in the bathroom doesn’t protrude far enough out to even wash your hands, requiring use of the kitchen sink for hand washing and brushing teeth. Only one miniature bar of hand soap was provided, and there was no shampoo. There are no towel bars or hooks (none whatsoever!), and no soap dish or shelves of any kind in the shower. There is no trash can. Additionally, there is no place to set toiletries in the bathroom, so they have to be left on a table in the living area.

A Bluesky Wi-Fi hot spot is not available on-site, so you have to go down the road to a cafe for reception.

We wrote to the owner about the issues (who was off-island during our stay), but he only made excuses for the condition of the property. Regarding the lack of hot water, he replied “you didn’t ask me if there was hot water when you made the booking”! This is a cash-only place, so disputing a credit card charge is not an option.

There are much nicer properties on the island for a few dollars more per night (that include hot water). If for some reason you are still considering this place, bring LOTS of mosquito repellent (which you will have to wear while sleeping), a roll of duct tape, and a strong sense of humor... you are going to need it! The owners have no concern for the well-being of their guests, who seem to be an inconvenience to them if there are any issues.

Should the owner respond here on TripAdvisor (which I doubt he will) suggesting that I'm being too harsh, don't believe it. Contact me, and I'll share the email conversations which clearly demonstrate his poor attitude and excuse-making approach.

Steer clear of this place!
Date of stay: May 2019
Room Tip: No good rooms, all are in very poor shape. None have hot water.
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

Decided to try out Vaikoa because of all the great reviews. And yet we were greatly surprised by what an amazing place this is!

The lodge is run by Mama and Junior, who are literally ready to help and assist with ANYTHING and are super generous (Junior heard we were planning on buying some fresh fish, so he gave us a half kilo of freshly caught tuna. And didn't accept anything in return! Also, my flip-flop ripped just before arriving to Aitutaki, but instead of buying a new pair Mama just found me a pair in her house).

Staying here was an amazing experience as we really had the opportunity to feel the authentic side of the island, living next to the family. I can't stress how much of a added bonus this is, but when we left after 6 days, we felt like we were saying goodbye to long time friends.

The lodge itself is a great budget option, with on of the best snorkel spots literally 10 metres from your front door. 2 kayaks are also available for no extra cost, at any time of day.

Suitable for all types of travellers,
this is THE place to stay in Aitutaki.

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank Eli H
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

We returned as we said we would. This time we stayed for 2 weeks, renewed our wedding vows and our grown up daughters came over for a week to spend time with us here in paradise. As all the other reviewers keep pointing out this is a home away from home. No hassels, no stress and your part of the family straight away. Sissy the cat even treats you like family here. Next time we want to be here even longer. Can't wait to return to Vaikoa.

Room tip: it doesn't matter what room, you are all part of the family here.Bungalow if you must!
Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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3  Thank M D
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Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

My gf and I tried to visit Aitutaki on a backpacking budget last month, and this was the most affordable accommodation we could find. Upon arrival on this beautiful island we were kindly welcomed by the host, who already seemed much more laid back than anyone we had met on Rarotonga. We booked a garden view hut and received a free upgrade to a large beachfront appartment. The sunsets on the beach were amazing and we did not have to share them with anyone. The lagoon in front of the units is ideal for snorkeling and the owner even provided us with snorkelling gear. He also helped us rent a scooter, book a reputable lagoon cruise and we could use his kayaks without additional charge. During our stay it was as if the world outside had stopped, and we went back to a far simpeler yet more beautiful time and place. Aitutaki Definitely felt like the end of the world for us, and the Vaikoa units were a nice way for us to indulge in this remarkable place.

Kia Orana!

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3  Thank Floris v
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Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile

Wow, Vaikoa Units is such a great place to stay! You are treated like family from the moment you arrive. Junior and Mama make sure you are taken care of and are very helpful. We really loved our stay here.

- we stayed in the large beach bungalow, it is literally on the beach! Basic but comfortable, and had everything we needed. It did get very hot in there during the afternoon and evenings though. The cold shower will help keep you cool.
- Junior will pick you up at the airport. They also can book lagoon tours for you.
- You can snorkel right off the beach in front of the bungalows. It is an excellent stretch of beach and amazing snorkelling too.
- there are kayaks to use and a great BBQ hut. We are almost all of our meals out here.

If you don't need super fancy accommodation then this is the place to stay. There are smaller rooms (still with a kitchen) closer to the road and two bungalows at the beach. I'm so happy we stayed here, we loved it and will be back!

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
7  Thank JennyLovesAsia
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Reviewed February 4, 2017

I am just short of words for the beauty of this place. It really looks like what you see in photos and probably even better in real.. I stayed on one of the two beach front bungalows and it was just 20 steps or less to beach. The moment you arrive there you know that you are in paradise. Junior as a host is a great and very friendly and helps you with everything. It was very hot one the day just wish the bungalows had air conditioner or even some Pedestal fans..Apart from this it was really nice and great value for money ..i would definitely go back in future and recommend it to anyone who is looking for budget accommodation

Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank sumanthgarg
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