The best beaches of French Polynesia are occupied by exclusive resorts, and the small islets (motus) are also mostly privately owned. Many of them can still be accessed however, and there are also plenty of equally scenic and pristine public beaches where one can mingle with the local people. You can have a picnic tour arranged on one of the motus, where you will be taken by boat to one of these isolated, enchanting beaches to enjoy a relaxed, utterly delightful day.
On the beach in Tahiti
Mahina Beach on the east coast of Tahiti is made of black volcanic sand and is an unusual black and gold color. Framed by the islands with swaying coconut palms, luxuriant foliage and towering cliffs, the stunning landscape is one of the best attractions of this famous beach.
Point Venus Beach is famous as the landing site for great explorers like Captains Bligh and Cook. It is located at the tip of a peninsula and is surrounded by beaches of black sand. There are shady trees, a black sand beach and an imposing lighthouse.
Papenoo Village Beach offers water-sports for enthusiasts, so you ca go scuba diving, swimming or snorkeling in the azure, clear waters. Teeming marine life can be viewed underwater, including rays, sharks, tuna, barracuda and moray eels. Colorful tropical fish can be seen darting among the coral reefs and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a sea turtle!
Bora Bora Beaches
Matira Point Beach is located on the western side of a tree-lined peninsula, which extends to southern Bora Bora. It is one of Tahiti’s best beaches and the lagoon is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Walk to the northern point for the best snorkeling or scale the hill at the southern tip to get a spectacular view of the lagoon. You can drink and dine on freshly caught fish at the nearby bar and restaurant and then snooze a while on the pristine white sand, with palm trees throwing a gentle shade.
Temae Beach on the northeastern coast of Moorea is the longest beach on the island. It is ideal and safest for swimming, but does get crowded on weekends. Hauru’s Point is good for snorkeling and also has two motus nearby, which can be easily reached by canoe or boat.
The southern point of Huahine has one of the finest beaches and a border of white sand lies along the entire coastline from the Relais Mahana Resort to Anini beach. The island is ideal for all water-sports, including swimming, scuba diving and kayaking. Kite-boarding and windsurfing is also possible on the lagoon.
This is the prime destination for all beach lovers around the world, and you will not be disappointed. A ring of coral reefs surround the luminous blue and jade-green lagoon. There are more than 200 small motus along the reef and teeming marine life can be seen inside the waters of the second largest atoll in the world. Ride a bike and find your favorite spot, as the entire island is ringed by beautiful white sand. The popular haunts include Blue Lagoon Motu, Tiputa Point and L’ile Aux Recifs. The magnificent lagoon shelters many motus and one of these could be your chosen site for the day, but remember to pack all you need for the excursion, as there are not too many vendors outside of the resorts.