- Type: Beaches, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The shores of Papenoo—a small village located a little more than five miles along the eastbound road from Pape'ete—are reminiscent of the island's tumultuous natural history. The Puna'auai Beach (also known as the PK18 Beach due to its location on the road) features ebony sands that reach down into the clear blue waters of the South Pacific. And best of all, this beach doesn't see nearly as much tourist action as La Plage de Maui on Tahiti Iti. That said, you will have to fight for waves with the island's surfing community.
Although you won't find many amenities on the beach itself, you shouldn't have trouble finding something to nibble on in town. Papenoo can easily be reached by car or L'Truck from Pape'ete. You're welcome here anytime of the day, free of charge, but you'll want to keep an eye on the clock if you're relying on L'Truck to get around the island.