Beaches in Tahiti
There are many stunning beaches in Tahiti to choose from when planning a trip. From the black sand beaches on the east coast to the pristine white sand beaches on the west coast, visitors will enjoy turquoise water and lush vegetation no matter which beach they choose.
Explore the beaches in The Islands of Tahiti.
Best Beaches in Tahiti
The best beaches in The Islands of Tahiti offer unique shorelines and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Each of the 118 distinctive islands offer something special on their shores from long stretches of white sand on Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea to hidden nooks on the lesser known islands. As you plan your days, you’ll be able to choose from beautiful beaches—both public and private.
Black Sand Beach in Tahiti
Lafayette Beach, a popular black sand beach in Tahiti, is located near Papeete—the capital of Tahiti island. Colored black because of the volcanic rock, Lafayette offers a different experience for those most familiar with classic white sand beaches. This public beach is surrounded with lush, green vegetation contrasted by the black sands providing a beautiful landscape for all your water activities.
Another well-known black sand beach is Point Venus, located on the northern tip of the main island of Tahiti. Recognized by its iconic lighthouse, this area of Tahiti is famously known as a historic landing site for explorers, Captain Cook and Captain William Bligh. This local’s favorite is perfect for those looking for a place to hang out for the day—offering a snack bar, shops and public restrooms.
If surfing is your activity of choice, Page de Taharuu, a beach covered with black sand, located on the South Coast of Tahiti, is perfect for surfers and families. It has one of the safest surf breaks on the island, easy parking and a market for snacks and drinks, as well as a nearby playground for kids.
The Islands of Tahiti White Sand Beaches
You’ll find one of the top Tahitian white sand beaches, Plage de Toaroto, west of Papeete. It’s sensational for most beach activities including paddleboarding, snorkeling and swimming or sunbathing. Conveniently located near a park with public showers and restrooms as well as several restaurants.
If you are looking to beach hop across islands, the best white sand beach and the widest in all French Polynesia is Temae Beach. Located on the northeastern side of Moorea, this well-known public beach offers about a mile of pristine white sand.
When you visit Bora Bora, you’ll want to visit Matira Beach. This beach is the island’s largest public access beach, has white sand shores and clear waters perfect for swimming. The proximity to resorts, shops, and restaurants makes this a convenient place to spend a day.
Perhaps the most popular white sand beach, La Plage de Maui, located on Tahiti’s southern shore, welcomes all visitors to soak in its warm waters, enjoy shallow swimming and even explore beginner snorkeling options off the reef. It’s best to go during the weekdays because it can get busy on the weekends.
Pink Sand Beaches in Tahiti
You can thank the coral atolls for the dreamy pink sand beaches in Tahiti.
A part of the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tikehau is a secluded beach covered in pink sand. Tikehau itself translates to “peaceful landing” and is perfect for taking it easy and relaxing. Don’t forget your snorkel gear when you visit. There’s even more beauty under the water. Home to a variety of fish, Tikehau is a great spot for snorkelers to enjoy.
Another pink sand beach, famously known as Les Sable Roses, sits on the southern end of Rangiroa. It’s a little over an hour flight from Tahiti to this remote island and well worth the trip. A snorkeler’s dream, this island has the second largest coral atoll in the world. A friendly reminder that there aren’t any shops or facilities at this remote Polynesian beach so be prepared to be gone the whole day.
French Polynesia Beaches
The Island of Tahiti is home to 118 islands and five archipelagos. Tahiti is the largest and most famous of the French Polynesia islands. It is a part of the Society Islands, one of the five archipelagos scattered throughout the South Pacific. Bora Bora and Moorea are also a part of the Society Island and have their own unique beauty and must-see beaches as do some of the lesser known islands such as Marquesas Islands.
When you visit French Polynesia beaches, always be respectful, pack out what you pack in and care for them like a local. Now grab a towel, some sunscreen and a good book to prepare to lounge in the sun on some of the best beaches in Tahiti.