French Polynesia Beaches

French Polynesia beaches are some of the most spectacular in the world.  French Polynesia is a territory of France located in the South Pacific. Composed of well over 100 islands and atolls, the territory is made up of six main island groups: the Marquesas, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, Austral Islands, Bass Islands and, perhaps best known, the Society Islands, which include Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. With so many South Paciifc islands and atolls, it is clear why French Polynesia is renowned for its beaches — some of which are quite pristine, yet accessible.  Because all but a few of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs, there are few surf beaches here. Most of those on Tahiti have heat-absorbing black volcanic sand. Except in the Marquesas, which are almost devoid of coral, most islands (and all but a few resorts) have bathtub-like lagoons that lap on white-coral sands draped by coconut palms.  These French Polynesia beaches include the Society Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Gambier Islands,  The Tuamotus, and the Austral & Bass Islands.

Society Islands

Tahiti, along with Moorea and Bora Bora, are the most accessible of the Society Islands and, since most French Polynesian flights must change planes in Papeete on Tahiti, the most accessible in the territory. The beaches of Tahiti can be crowded, and many of the better beaches have been developed into resort properties. A few publicly accessible beaches are worth a visit, though. Plage de Toaroto, on the western part of the island just south of Papeete, is a beach park boasting a half-mile of white sand. While many tourists flock to the white-sand beaches, the island’s black-sand strands, such as those at Papenoo in the north and Papera in the south, are more natural and less crowded. Moorea, accessible by ferry from Tahiti, boasts more public, less developed beaches than Tahiti. The northwest corner of the island, at Hauru Point, are where the majority of the island’s best beaches — and therefore resorts — are located. Try Teavaro Beach, a public use area, on the eastern part of the island, for shallow crystalline waters with views of palm trees and the Pacific. Bora Bora’s largest beach is Matira, which is also the island’s only public beach. Because Bora Bora is a less-populated island and the resorts tend to have their own beaches, Matira is not as crowded as it would be on another island. Sweeping views of the turquoise lagoon and the island’s twin volcanic spires will make your forget everything else, anyway.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Bora Bora

Idyllic Bora Bora owes its tranquil turquoise lagoon and white sandy beaches to the protective coral reef that surrounds its perimeter. Bora Bora is one of the world’s premier honeymoon destinations, but the over-the-water bungalows that perch on stilts over the lagoon offer an enchanting experience for any visitor. Snorkeling and scuba diving among the clownfish, lemon sharks, green turtles and other sea life that inhabit the coral reef are the most popular activities on Bora Bora. Some visitors prefer to spend their visit relaxing on coconut-tree-shaded sands like those found on Matira Beach.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Huahine

Actually two islands, Big Huahine and Little Huahine are surrounded by a coral reef and connected to each other by a short bridge. Nicknamed “Isle of the Bays,” Huahine is dotted with secluded coves, and features some of the best surfing spots in the Society Islands. Avea Bay on the southwestern coast of Little Huahine has one of the most beautiful beaches in French Polynesia with crystal-clear water ideal for snorkeling. Huahine also has many important archeological sites, including Faahia, a village first settled around 650 A.D. Informational markers invite visitors to explore the island’s history at their own pace.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Moorea

Located just a 30-minute catamaran ride away from Tahiti, Moorea boasts some of the most spectacular scenery of the Society Islands. The island’s ancient volcano, Mount Tohivea, was blown in half by a cataclysmic explosion ages ago, earning the jagged peak the nickname “Shark’s Tooth.” A hike up to Belvedere Point near the summit offers visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks and the island’s peninsulas with its two deep blue bays. Only 16 km (10 miles) wide from east to west, Moorea is nevertheless filled with hidden gems, including ancient Polynesian temples and small villages surrounded by brightly blooming hibiscus.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Raiatea

Sharing a surrounding coral reef with sister island Tahaa, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands and the administrative center for the archipelago’s Leeward island group. Often referred to as the “Sacred Island,” Raiatea is believed to be the place from which outward migrations to Hawaii and other parts of East Polynesia began. Visitors can explore ancient shrines and artifacts at Taputapuatea, the best preserved historical site in French Polynesia. Legend has it that the dormant volcano Mount Temehani in northern Raiatea was the birthplace of gods.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Taha’a

Located between the islands of Bora Bora and Huahine, Taha’a shares her encircling coral reef with the nearby isle of Raiatea. Known as the vanilla capital of French Polynesia, Tahaa has an economy that isn’t as dependent on tourism as the other Society Islands, and has only a limited number family-operated pensions and resorts. Taha’a lacks the broad stretches of powder-soft sand found on other islands as well. It’s an ideal destination for travelers interested in native Polynesian life, however, and is a great place to purchase exquisite black pearls.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Tahiti

The largest island in the Windward group of Society Islands, Tahiti is also the most developed. Most visitors arrive at the island’s international airport and either head towards their resort on another island or Tahiti’s bustling capital of Papeete. The party-loving city has a vibrant nightlife scene with venues that range from rustic bars to private nightclubs. Whether it’s black pearls and shell jewelry or traditional “pareu” clothing, Papeete is the best place in the Society Islands for shopping excursions too. Cultural points of interest include the Paul Gauguin Museum and the Museum of Tahiti. Scenic mountains, tumbling waterfalls and black sandy beaches are the island’s star natural attractions.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Tetiaroa

Marlon Brando, starring as Fletcher Christian in the 1962 version of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” fell in love with French Polynesia while scouting locations for the film. Brando was so enraptured with the beauty of the Society Islands that he purchased one for himself: a 2-square-mile atoll known as Tetiaroa. The island passed into the hands of a Tahitian development company after Brando’s death, and after years of planning, the Brando Resort opened to the public in July 2014. The eco-friendly upscale resort features 35 luxury villas next to a private beach. The resort offers an array of activities that range from snorkeling and paddle boarding to Polynesian dance, music and cooking lessons.  Visit our Society Islands Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to the Society Islands.

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Marquesas Islands

Two of the eight Marquesas Islands are easily reachable by scheduled air travel: Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. The towering green volcanic islands of the Marquesas make it apparent how ancient Polynesian navigators from Tahiti found theisland group, and why Gauguin and Melville both left the Society Islands for this picture-perfect paradise. Without a protective reef, Nuku Hiva  does not have the kind of fine, pulverized coral beaches found elsewhere in French Polynesia. However, the villages of Hatiheu and Anaho both boast gorgeous, golden beaches. A black-sand beach, created from volcanic silica, can be found on the south side of the island, along the western arm of Taiohae Bay.  The villages of Atuona and Puamau both boast beaches, although Atuona’s is rockier while Puamau’s is by far the more classic gold-sand beach. An uncrowded, broad white-sand beach is located on the northern tip of the island along a small bay on the promontory between Hanaiapa and Hanapaoa.  Unprotected by barrier reefs, the Marquesas Islands are altogether different to their neighbors, with coastlines either indented with bays or ending in abrupt cliffs, swept by the surf of powerful Pacific rollers.  Visit the Marquesas Islands travel guide, and plan your beach vacation to the Marquesas Islands that include:  Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, and Ua Pou.

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Nuka Hiva

Nuku Hiva, located on the northwestern edge, is the largest of the Marquesas Islands. Known as the Mystical Island, it is home to many rare and magnificent attractions such as the black sand beach of Anaho; Hakaui Valley waterfall, the third tallest in the world; Cathedral of Notre Dame, which houses intricate stone and wooden carvings from each island; and countless underwater caverns that shelter an impressive variety of flora and fauna. The main town of Taiohae, the administrative capital of the Marquesas, is a small yet lively port, especially during yachting season.  Visit the Marquesas Islands travel guide, and plan your beach vacation to the Marquesas Islands that include:  Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, and Ua Pou.

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Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa, the second largest island, is located in the southeastern group. Home to the harbor town of Atuona, this island is usually the first port of call for sailboats crossing west over the Pacific. This is the most historic island in the group, with some of the largest ancient tiki statues in French Polynesia. Known as Gauguin’s Island, Hiva Oa is also the final resting place for painter Paul Gauguin and poet Jacques Brel. Both artists are buried at the Cimetière du Calvaire, Calvary Cemetery, overlooking Atuona.  Visit the Marquesas Islands travel guide, and plan your beach vacation to the Marquesas Islands that include:  Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, and Ua Pou.

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Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva is the southernmost island of the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. With Motu Nao as its closest neighbor, it is also the most isolated of the inhabited islands. Fatu Hiva is also the title of a book by explorer and archaeologist Thor Heyerdahl, in which he describes his stay on the island in the 1930s.  Visit the Marquesas Islands travel guide, and plan your beach vacation to the Marquesas Islands that include:  Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, and Ua Pou.

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Ua Pou

Ua Pou is the third largest of the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is located about 50 km south of Nuku Hiva, in the northern Marquesas. The center of the island is characterized by four high basalt pillars that reach high above the surrounding mountains. The highest of these pillars, Mount Oave, reaches to 1,230 m above sea level and is the highest elevation in the Marquesas. The island covers an area of 106 square kilometers, and is located just northwest of the small island of Motu Oa.  Visit the Marquesas Islands travel guide, and plan your beach vacation to the Marquesas Islands that include:  Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, and Ua Pou.

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Gambier Islands

Amazing white sand, beaches lined with coconut trees, crystal clear ocean that’s warm to the touch…The 76 islands and atolls within the Tuamoto archipelago are spread over an area of more than 20,000km2.  Living up to its reputation, the Tuamotu’s are a must-see for keen divers. The atoll lagoons are a protected paradise where underwater life is spectacular. This area is also the cradle of the legendary Tahitian cultured pearl, lying in a blue elegant oyster. Pearl farms lie on the pa’umotu lagoons in a weightless manner where the pearls source their unmatched colors and shades.  Some Tuamotu atolls are just endless white sandy beaches with a few acres of coconut plantations. Others, such as Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world, are much larger.  These mini paradise islands, dotted idyllically amidst the aqua blue ocean, are remote yet easy to reach via boat/plane without having to transit via Papeete.  Located 1,600km South of Tahiti, following on from the Tuamotu atolls, emerge the most secluded and remote of the French Polynesian archipelagos: the Gambier Islands. It is a natural and cultural gem, which visitors sometimes discover by chance but from which they all come back totally seduced.  There are other islands that are small and uninhabited.  Some tours will include stopping at some of these islands as well.  Visit our Gambier Islands travel guide, to plan your beach vacation to the Gambier Islands including Mangareva, Aukena, Taravai,  and Akamaru Island.

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Mangareva

Mangareva is the central and most important island of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. Mangareva is surrounded by smaller islands: Taravai in the southwest, Aukena and Akamaru in the southeast, and islands in the north.  Mangareva, the main island of the group, is approximately 5 miles long and it comprises about 56% of the land area of the whole Gambier group.   It has a large lagoon 15 miles in diameter containing reefs whose fish and shellfish helped ancient islanders survive much more successfully than on nearby islands with no reefs. The population is about 1,000.  The largest village on the island, Rikitea, is the chief town of the Gambier Islands.  It is made up of a small archipelago of a dozen islands sprinkled throughout a unique, vast turquoise lagoon.  Visit our Gambier Islands travel guide, to plan your beach vacation to the Gambier Islands including Mangareva, Aukena, Taravai,  and Akamaru Island.

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Aukena

Aukena is the 5th largest of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. Located to the east of Mangareva, this island has a gorgeous white sand beach. The first church constructed out of stone in all of French Polynesia is also on this tiny island in the Gambier archipelago. Built in 1839, Saint-Raphaël Church is a 19th-century archeological vestige like no other.  Visit our Gambier Islands travel guide, to plan your beach vacation to the Gambier Islands including Mangareva, Aukena, Taravai,  and Akamaru Island.

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Taravai

Taravai is the second largest island in the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia, at 5.7 km². Taravai is about 1.5 km southwest of Mangareva and about 300 m north of the island of Angakauitai. Off its eastern shore lies the tiny rock Îlot Motu-o-ari.  Taravai had a population of 2000 when the missionaries arrived, but today only about five people live here. The 1868 Église Saint-Gabriel(Church of St Gabriel), with its gorgeous shell decoration, is well maintained and has a picturesque arch that welcomes you from the shore.  This island is renowned for its beautiful beaches and magnificent Saint-Gabriel Church embellished with shells.  Visit our Gambier Islands travel guide, to plan your beach vacation to the Gambier Islands including Mangareva, Aukena, Taravai,  and Akamaru Island.

Akamaru Island

Akamaru is the third largest island in the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia. It is a small, rocky island with an area of approximately 2.6 km². The island is located approximately 7 km southeast of Mangareva.  South of Aukena, Akamaru was home to the famous Père Honoré Laval for several years. Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix Church, modeled after Chartres Cathedral, provides remarkable testimony of his presence.  Visit our Gambier Islands travel guide, to plan your beach vacation to the Gambier Islands including Mangareva, Aukena, Taravai,  and Akamaru Island.

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Austral & Bass Islands

The Austral and Bass Island groups are also administered collectively by the French Polynesia government and consist largely of uninhabited atolls. The main island, in terms of both population and political importance, is Tubuai. It is clear why the craggy volcanic peaks of this island attracted settlers. Even today, the verdant hills and sapphire waters of Tubuai look like Gauguin’s 19th-century paintings of Tahiti. Head to the north side of the island, white-sand beaches look out at the two passes through the islands barrier reef: Te Ara Moana Pass and Rotea Pass. The product of these breaches in the coral is the fine, sugary sand you’re squeezing between your toes. Rurutu and Raivavae are the only other islands in the group accessible by regular air service. Raivavae is a small island of five villages whose volcanic main peak is fringed by tropical vegetation sloping steeply to a white-sand-beach-fringed lagoon. The largest, and best formed, beaches are in the northwest end of the lagoon. Rurutu, with a population rivaling that of Tubuai — just over 2,000 — doesn’t have the benefit of a composed barrier reef with a lagoon, and thus offers fewer beaches than its neighbors. White strands of sand can be found, however, at Naairoa, Avera and Arei beaches.

Because all but a few of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs, there are few surf beaches here. Most of those on Tahiti have heat-absorbing black volcanic sand. Except in the Marquesas, which are almost devoid of coral, most islands (and all but a few resorts) have bathtub-like lagoons that lap on white-coral sands draped by coconut palms.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Raivavae

Located 630km from Tahiti in the Austral archipelago, stay and soak up the amazing scenery in one of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific.  This island, surrounded by 28 islets, lies on an emerald colored lagoon that is the home to many seabirds. Observe and listen to their wonderful birdsong melodies.  Majestic Raivavae is renowned for her unique shaped islets (“motu”) forming beautiful natural pools.  Lying in the middle of this circle of “motu” are intriguing mountains dense with lush vegetation. Miles away from the usual tourist tracks, the warm and friendly inhabitants add to this incredible island making your vacation a genuine Polynesian adventure.  Basket and hat weaving and traditional porcelain seashell necklaces are all part of Raivavae’s specialties.  Those looking for authentic Polynesia will definitely appreciate this trip at the edge of the world!  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Rurutu

Rurutu is the most northerly island in French Polynesia’s most southerly archipelago, the Austral Islands, Rurutu is almost 60 kilometres south of Papeete.  Rurutu is not your typical Polynesian island. Even its look isn’t quite right. Rather than being surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, it has a fringing reef that gives it a wilder, more changeable beauty. Although its shores are scalloped with sandy beaches, what first captures your eye is the cliffs jutting so high that clouds catch on their peaks.  Two things that are amazing here to do:  One is the chance to swim with humpback whales, which regularly pass through here with their newborn calves between June and October. The other is the chance to explore the island’s remarkable limestone caves. Eroded into soaring cliffs made of ancient coral, these caves were once used as shelter by the locals.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Tubuai

Life is quiet for the 2,000-some inhabitants of Tubuai, which is 400 miles south of Tahiti. It’s a mellow, subtropical island of approximately 27 square miles and the capital of the Austral Islands chain. Mts. Taitaa (1,280 feet and Tonorutu (1,023 feet) dominate the horizon, and the island is fringed by a barrier reef scattered with motu (small coral islets), while its lagoon side offers brilliant, white-sand beaches. Polynesians have lived on the island for more than 2,000 years. English explorer James Cook first mapped it in 1777; the island was annexed in 1881 by France.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Rimatara

Rimatara, the smallest island of the Austral archipelago and is located 665 miles southeast of Tahiti.  Rimatara has a special charm, with its beautiful landscapes, its many strengths, and its relaxed lifestyle. It has beautiful white sand beaches, a fringing reef, small coves adorned with ” feo” ( fossilized coral ) emerging from the clear waters of the lagoon and a few cliffs, make it a destination that has nothing to envy her sisters. It will be easy to find a place to enjoy the sun and a quiet swim. In addition, the center of the island, consisting of a plate not exceeding 83 m, is conducive to the discovery on foot or bicycle, lush vegetation (trees profusely flowering plants, plantations taro, pandanus, ” nono “, etc. . ), home to two rare endemic species, which will delight bird watchers but also curious warbler Rimatara and especially the ” Ura ” (meaning red in Polynesian ) or lori Kuhl .   There are also some tourist and archaeological sites such as caves Teruatava’e, royal tombs, the ” pito ” of the island and the ” marae ” Hirirua. Rimatara appears as a preferred destination when you are looking for tranquility and you want to get off the beaten trails to explore an island offering many charms.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Rapa Iti

Rapa, sometimes called Rapa Iti, is the largest and only inhabited island of the Bass Islands in French Polynesia. An older name for the island is Oparo. Its area is 40 km² with a population of almost 500 and a max elevation of 650 m.  Rapa Iti is the southernmost inhabitable island of French Polynesia and as it is a French overseas country, the people living there are also EU citizens. Some 400 people live on the island, including many children, who are often spotted running after goats up the side of the mountains, helping out in the taro fields or next to the bread ovens, gleefully diving in the black water of the bay and scaring away the sharks.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Iles Maria

Îles Maria or simply Maria, also known as Hull Island, is a small coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Its original name is Nororotu. The nearest island is Rimatara situated 127 miles to the ESE.  The atoll consists of four islets (îles), with a dense atoll forest and a very shallow lagoon, supporting numerous bird species.  The atoll is uninhabited now, but at one time was the site of a penal colony.  Copra is occasionally harvested at the island.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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Marotiri

Marotiri is a group of four uninhabited volcanic rocks protruding from the sea, forming the southeastern end of the Austral Islands of French Polynesia.  Visit the Austral Islands French Polynesia Travel Guide to plan your beach vacation to toe Austral Islands to include Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Iles Maria, and Marotiri.

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The Tuamotus

The Tuamotus are dream South Seas snapshot: the 77 atolls – narrow coral rings encircling turquoise lagoons – that make up this stunning archipelago are flung over an immense stretch of indigo-blue ocean.  Life in the atolls is equal parts harsh and paradisaical: hardly anything grows, so there’s little fruit and vegetables, and the only drinking water is collected from the rain. Yet the silence, starry skies, coral beaches, blue lagoons, idyllic motu (coral islets) and languid pace of life captivate nearly everyone who makes it here. Most tourists visit Rangiroa, Tikehau and Fakarava, but it’s also possible to explore lesser-known beauties such as Ahe, Mataiva and Makemo.  Anyone who loves the water will adore the Tuamotus. The vast, pristine marine area offers unparalleled opportunities to encounter the menagerie of marine life. For nondivers, fantastic lagoon excursions beckon.  Visit the Tuamotus Vacations to plan your beach vacation to the Austral and Bass Islands which includes a chain of almost 80 islands.

Rangiroa

Rangiroa is one of the biggest atolls in the world, with a lagoon so vast that it could fit the entire island of Tahiti inside of it. Visitors will find it to be a low-key, middle-of-nowhere sort of a place.  With paved roads, a few stores, a couple of resorts, plentiful internet and gourmet restaurants, there’s really everything here you need.  Rangiroa is a diving mecca, with world-renowned dive sites blessed with beautiful marine life just minutes from your bungalow.  For land lovers, the never-ending string of remote motu is the real draw and boat trips across the lagoon to the stunning Île aux Récifs and Lagon Bleu are not to be missed.  Visit the Tuamotus Vacations to plan your beach vacation to the Austral and Bass Islands which includes a chain of almost 80 islands.

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Tikehau

Tikehau is a joy. Its unparalleled beauty, endless coral beaches and low-key yet reasonably developed tourist infrastructure make it a real charmer. Time has eroded the ring of coral into sweeping, twisting motu of white and pink sands that engulf little bays, craggy nooks and the vivid turquoise lagoon. Idyllic picnic spots abound and the atoll’s secluded shores are some of the best in the Tuamotus for lounging, loafing and lollygagging. And unlike on Rangiroa, you don’t have to travel far to find that perfect strip of strand. Below the turquoise waters, a vast living world beckons divers of all levels.  Visit the Tuamotus Vacations to plan your beach vacation to the Austral and Bass Islands which includes a chain of almost 80 islands.

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Fakarava

Fakarava is one of the largest and most beautiful atolls in French Polynesia. Heavenly white and pink sand, ruffled coconut trees and an unbelievable palette of lagoon blues are the norm here. The atmosphere is supremely relaxed and the infrastructure is quite good, with an assortment of well-run pensions.  Fakarava is a great place to unwind, but for those looking for more than a suntan, it offers a number of high-energy distractions. The fantastic diving and snorkeling are legendary among divers.  Whatever your inclination, one thing is sure: after several days here, you’ll find it difficult to pack and leave.  Visit the Tuamotus Vacations to plan your beach vacation to the Austral and Bass Islands which includes a chain of almost 80 islands.

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Mataiva

This tiny, picturesque atoll is the sort of hideaway that you search for your whole life to discover. Despite the limited tourist infrastructure, it provides a delightful holiday escape and is becoming one of the more popular spots in the archipelago. There are superb coral beaches, numerous snorkeling spots, two well-priced pensions, lots of fish and one of the few noteworthy archaeological sites in the Tuamotus.  The structure of the Mataiva lagoon gives it an unusual appearance: the coral heads create walls that form about 70 basins.  Seen from the plane it looks like a mosaic of greens. Unforgettable.  Visit the Tuamotus Vacations to plan your beach vacation to the Austral and Bass Islands which includes a chain of almost 80 islands.

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Makemo

Spectacular undersea landscapes, pristine motu and an unhurried pace of life make Makemo an ideal destination for anyone looking for an authentic Paumotu experience.   Makemo is the place to go for unspoiled scuba diving.   Above the water, Makemo will also take your breath away. At the eastern tip of the atoll, Pohue is an impossibly scenic natural site that looks like a huge glinting turquoise swimming pool. Another idyllic place is Motu Napahere, a deserted, white-beach clad islet that seems to be floating in the turquoise lagoon, a 30-minute boat ride away from the village. Oh, and there’s Tiketike, a stunning beach lapped by topaz waters and backed by arching coconut trees. This magical spot is a mere 15-minute boat ride away from Pouheva.  Visit the Tuamotus Vacations to plan your beach vacation to the Austral and Bass Islands which includes a chain of almost 80 islands.

Makemo The Tuamotus French Polynesia beaches, best beaches of French Polynesia, best beaches of Tuamotus

26 Comments

  1. Angie

    Such beautiful places! I did not even realize how beautiful the French Polynesia is! Some of those hotels look amazing. I would love to stay over the water in Moorea. How dreamy would that be. Here I was looking for California beaches, and now I find my self wandering through your site adding destinations to my bucket list! Thanks for all the wonderful information 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Angie, Thank you for taking the time to leave me comments on my website. Yes, the French Polynesia beaches are amazing. I think when people think of beaches, they think of the Caribbean a lot of the times. French Polynesia has some of the most beautiful beaches. I love Moorea and Taha’a. Both have wonderful beaches and such amazing accommodations floating on the water. Thanks for visiting the French Polynesia Beaches!

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  2. Hong

    These are some beautiful places to visit. I never even knew they existed. I just recently got married, my husband and I are looking for a special place for us to go for our honeymoon. I have already bookmarked you website, I will definitely check out your other travel destination article. My husband also goes through your website, he loves the information. So comprehensive and helpful.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Hong,

      I am glad you have enjoyed visiting my website! You will find lots of choices for your honeymoon for sure. I would love to help plan and provide you some packages to choose from. I know that I can get you a great price. I will send you an email to see if I can help 🙂 Thanks for visiting the French Polynesia Beaches!

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  3. tyler

    Wow these are some great looking beaches all I get is Florida east coast beaches.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Those are good too Tyler!

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  4. Catherine

    Hi Leahrae
    I’ve spent time in the Caribbean and Hawaii but the French Polynesia beaches have never been on my radar – but they are now! Thank you for introducing me to them – also love your page on Airfare, you’ve got some great tips there. Never knew about not purchasing trips together.
    Thanks again, I’m bookmarking your page for future travel plans!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Catherine and I will continually add more content 🙂

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  5. Joana

    Leahrae,

    Vow I want to go to Tahiti! 🙂 What a great website! Just two weeks ago i was exploring French Polynesia islands on youtube, but Marquesas Islands and Austral and Bass islands i have never even known that they exist!

    I love surfing and Water Sports, so definitely will come back for more info to your website when i am ready to book. Thank you for sharing this info!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’re welcome Joana and thank you for visiting. Come back as I plan on adding good surfing beaches 🙂

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  6. Renee Townsend

    I had no idea France owned anything but its own country, much less Tahiti. I suppose they speak French there, correct? I loved the arial images. It gives the impression the islands are small and quaint.

    I actually learned a bit from your post. For example, I thought Tubuai was somewhere in the middle east. Go figure.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well, I am glad you learned something 🙂 Yes, French and English.

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  7. Daniel

    Oh my good all of these places look like heaven :O I am definitely going to bookmark this site and come back for more. Maybe even show it to a couple of friends?
    Next time i need a beach to travel to, i am definitely going to be looking here!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Daniel!

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  8. Joon

    Living here in the states most people think of Hawaii or Beaches in Mexico for vacation and not aware of these vacation spots. I’d rather go to places that’s not very known to majority of people here and go to places that’s not so crowded. The place looks beautiful and I like that you can explore these shallow waters. I’m not much of a traveler but I’d love to travel to places if I can go with my son. Show him different places. This looks like an amazing trip for both of us some day.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is amazing! Thank you for visiting my site 🙂

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  9. Funkydunc

    What a lovely article. A number of my friends have been to Tahiti and loved it. I enjoyed the clear discussion of each part of French Polynesia and the pros and cons of the beaches, namely, the crowds, the travel and the sand color.

    Like the subtle affiliate links through the article also. The images really got me thinking of life in the Pacific, which is a region I spent my childhood in.

    Regards,

    Duncan

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for reading!

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  10. Paulo

    Really beautiful places. Would definitively consider going to one of these next vacations. which hotels do you recommend?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Boy, there are so many choices with so many islands. I would recommend going to Tahiti and using Trip Advisor to pick something that fits your budget, https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g309679-Tahiti_Society_Islands-Hotel-Deals.html

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  11. Noble

    Wow, honestly amazing places. I totally agree with Jason. I need to add this to my priorities ASAP. I live in a coastal town though but these places look a lot more exciting especially Tahiti. I have heard so much about the place but never seen a better look. I feel I should just set off now. Thanks Matty

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Your welcome! Tahiti is one destination anybody who loves to travels, or loves the ocean should have on their bucket list. Truly amazing!

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  12. Jason

    Sounds like I need to put this at the top of my bucket list now! Just like Cavan said, those are some spectacular beaches! I’m sure I have a few wallpapers saved on my computer of Bora Bora and Tahiti just because they are pretty much the prime example of what a beach should look like. Great read! Cheers!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      They definitely are the best example of a beach! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Cavan

    Wow those are some spectacular beaches, I can tell you from being in the travel industry for over 30 years, that the french Polynesian Islands have been off the radar of most travelers, except for all but the elite or experienced traveler. But that is changing fast as commercial airlines, cruise ships and the development of sites like airbnb have made travel there more popular. I think its time to go, and I hear the locals are warm and friendly……cheers

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I agree and I see it as an amazing experience for sure!

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