Papenoo Beach#3 in Best Things To Do in Tahiti
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The shores of Papenoo – a small village located a little more than 5 miles along the eastbound road from Papeete – offer a reminder of the island's volcanic 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 compete 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 taxi from Papeete. You're welcome here anytime of the day, free of charge, but you'll want to make arrangements with your taxi driver for when you want to return.
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#1 La Plage de Maui
The primary reason why so many Tahitian tourists flock to this stretch of shoreline is the sand: While many of the island's beaches boast a volcanic black hue, La Plage de Maui dazzles in pearly white. Located on Tahiti's southern shore, the clean, warm waters of the nearby lagoon are another draw – travelers say the water is unbelievably clear and the lagoon is shallow and calm. Meanwhile, the beach's snack bar serves up fresh seafood and is exceptionally popular among visitors.
La Plage de Maui is about 40 miles southeast of Papeete, but once you get there you'll see why so many make the trip. Be sure to drive carefully as Tahitian roads (and commuters) can be unpredictable.
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