The largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti serves up some of the most idyllic scenery in the South Pacific; there are photo-worthy panoramas of green mountains, turquoise lagoons, and multi-colored sand beaches everywhere you turn. Here are just a few of the best beaches in Tahiti.
A black-sand beach sheltered by lush green cliffs, Lafayette Beach (Plage Lafayette) is one of the most popular Tahitian beaches. Located in Matavi Bay in front of the Pearl Beach Resort, the public beach rarely gets crowded and is a great spot for swimming.
One of a handful of white-sand beaches on Tahiti, Toaroto Beach (Plage de Toaroto) perches on the west coast, just south of Papeete. It’s a sheltered spot for swimming and snorkeling, and is well equipped with a restaurant and showers.
Bain Lot Beach
Bain Lot Beach, Papeete’s main beach, is situated within strolling distance of the town, making it the first port of call for new arrivals. Famous for its unusual waves, which break in both directions, it’s a popular for swimming, snorkeling, and water sports such as sail boarding. There’s also a golf course overlooking the coast.
Teahupoo is renowned for its giant waves and world-class surf breaks; the most impressive time to visit is during the Tahiti Billabong Pro competition, held each August. While the strong current and rough waves are only suitable for experienced surfers, visitors can still watch the pros do their thing—you’re bound to see action any day of the year.
A stretch of shimmering white sands fringed with palm trees at the southern end of Tahiti, Maui Beach (Plage de Maui) is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. After topping up your tan, stroll to the nearby lagoon to cool off with a swim or enjoy a scenic walk through the surrounding rainforest.