- Beaches, Recreation Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The shores of Papenoo – a small village located a little more than 5 miles along the eastbound road from Papeete – are reminiscent of the island's tumultuous natural history. The Punaauai 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, located on Tahiti's northern coast, can easily be reached by car or Le Truck from Papeete. 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 Le Truck to get around the island.