The beautiful pure, white or velvety black sand beaches of Tahiti are an invitation to spread out a pareo and spend the day basking in the glorious sunshine. Whatever other activities you choose to do in The Islands of Tahiti, make sure you take the time to appreciate our magnificent beaches.

Life is sweet in The Islands of Tahiti. Crystal clear water, warm sunshine and magnificent sandy beaches, make it a dream destination for visitors from all over the world. But you don’t have to go straight to Moorea, Bora Bora or the other Society Islands in search of the perfect beach, because some of the very best are in Tahiti itself. Each one has its own charm and each is different from the next. 

Beaches you must see

Venus Point

Venus Point is so called because it was from here that Captain James Cook measured the transit of the planet Venus in 1769. The beach there is an ideal place to spend the day. Located in Mahina in the north of the island, the soft black, volcanic sand turns the turquoise sea a deep emerald. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling, the coral reef is quite close and is a superb spot with plenty of tropical fish to observe.


On the east coast of Tahiti, Lafayette Beach is one of the best in French Polynesia. Crystal clear water, soft black sand, and a beautiful panoramic view over the island of Moorea. An ideal spot for spending the day swimming, snorkeling and lazing on the beach.

Vaiava PK18 beach © Stéphane Mailion / Service du Tourisme

Vaiava Beach PK18

On Tahiti’s west coast in Punaauia, Vaiava Beach, known locally as PK18 is one of the favorite beaches of tourists. Beautiful clear water and soft white sand make it ideal for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Local families appreciate spending the day on the beach because of its picnic site and the range of activities available, such as beach volleyball, paddleboard and kayak.

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As well as a magnificent setting, the beaches of Tahiti also offer numerous aquatic activities. Snorkeling, swimming, paddleboard, kayak, windsurf and countless other watersports are available. ‘A day at the beach’ can mean whatever you want it to mean in The Islands of Tahiti.

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Practical information

Close to the beaches in Tahiti, you’ll find everything you need to make your visit comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. Here are a few tips to help you make your most of your day at the beach:

The Beaches of Tahiti

Tahiti has the biggest population in The Islands of Tahiti and the beaches can get quite crowded. It’s better to go early to avoid the crowds. Don’t worry, it’s still hot and sunny, even first thing in the morning.

Interact with the local population

The local population is delighted to share the beach. Don’t hesitate to say the occasional ‘ia ora na (hello) or māuruuru (thanks), they’ll appreciate the effort!

Bring your equipment

As well as a swimming costume and towel, don’t forget your eco-friendly sun cream, a hat and a water bottle. The sun gets very hot in The Islands of Tahiti, so be careful not to expose yourself to it for too long.

Respect the beach and Polynesian nature

Respect the environment and take your litter with you when you leave the beach. Please dispose of it properly.

Follow instructions

Some beaches have sacred sites on or next to them. Please treat these sites with respect.


Unlike other parts of the world, swimming costumes are only worn on the beach, not elsewhere.

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