PunaauiaFrench Polynesia

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Visit Punaauia

Scuba dive next to tropical islands, visit a fascinating museum to learn about the region’s history and watch dolphins and whales breaching.

Puna’auia is a tropical wonderland with a pristine beach and idyllic ocean water. Elevated huts decorate the water, while a museum informs visitors about the region’s nature and history. Chat with locals in this populous area for a glimpse into Tahitian culture.

Learn about the history of the region at the Museum of Tahiti. Browse the costumes, tools and handicrafts that belonged to early French Polynesian settlers. See engravings in the journal of explorer James Cook. In the northern part of the commune are the French Polynesia University and the Marina Taina, a lively port with many restaurants.

Take advantage of the year-round warm weather at one of the area’s picturesque beaches. August is the driest month, while the region can be fairly wet from November to April. Sunbathe or have a picnic on Puna’auia’s white-sand beach. Watch the hues of the dramatic sky darken over the island of Moorea.

Head south to Vai’ava Beach to watch surfers. Bring your kids to the calm water of the swimming area. Nearby is Mahana Park, a tranquil and scenic grassy area near the beach.

For the best views of subaquatic creatures and the coral reef, go scuba diving with Eleuthera Plongée Tahiti. Watch for dolphins and whales, especially common between the end of July and the end of October. Embark on a sunset cruise, go snorkeling and scuba dive at different islands.

Note that this commune was the home of famous French painter Paul Gauguin in the late 19th century. Here, he created his acclaimed Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? painting.

The commune stretches along a small section of land on Tahiti’s western coast. Its northern border is just south of the Faa’a International Airport, while its southern end is near Pā’ea. Visit other towns in the region, such as Papeete, Ārue and Māhina.

Explore Puna’auia, a beautiful spot for tropical relaxation, with impressive beaches and cultural institutions.

Top hotels in Punaauia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
NZ$363
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Plage Toaroto and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are ...

4/5Very Good! (880 reviews)

"Beautiful property. Pool was amazing. Rooms were so spacious. The grounds and staff were 5 plus stars."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
4 out of 5
Unnamed Rd, Tamanu, Punaauia, Tahiti
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$373
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within 3 miles ...

3.9/5Very Good! (704 reviews)

"The resort is well situated. It is a little bit on the older side but we were very happy with our room, food, water sports offered and mini bar free of charge. The property has a nice sand pool, lots of comfortable lounging chairs and a gorgeous view on the lagoon and Moorea."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020

Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Pension de la Plage
Pension de la Plage
3 out of 5
PK 15.4 - BP 381593 Tamanu, Punaauia, Tahiti
NZ$165
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

Situated in Punaauia, this beach pension is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Museum of Tahiti, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Papeete Market and Place Vaiete. Fautaua Waterfall ...

4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)

"Perfect place to rest and relax for a late night flight"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Pension de la Plage

Popular things to do in Punaauia

Museum of Tahiti
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Museum of Tahiti

2/5(3 reviews)

Examine the engravings from adventurer James Cook’s journal and see costumes and tools used by the indigenous French Polynesian peoples.

Temae Beach
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Temae Beach

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Find your own patch of paradise at this spacious public beach with soft, white sands and a fringing reef to explore with your snorkel and mask.

Moorea Tropical Garden
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Moorea Tropical Garden

4/5(8 reviews)

Get your fix of delicious sweet treats, freshly squeezed juices and homemade jams at this idyllic little farming estate overlooking the lagoon of Opunohu Bay.

Papeete Market
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Papeete Market

4/5(29 reviews)

Divine aromas, delightful tastes and a sea of color stir the senses in this traditional marketplace full of exotic fruit, tropical fish and handmade artifacts.

Black Sand Beach
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Black Sand Beach

4/5(21 reviews)

Marvel at the shiny pebbles and sand of this black beach and snap photos of the elegant lighthouse on a historic location.

Black Pearl Museum
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Black Pearl Museum

4/5(6 reviews)

One of the largest pearls ever found is displayed in this museum which is entirely dedicated to the mystical gems.

Top activities in Punaauia

Turtles snorkeling at 7:30am
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Turtles snorkeling at 7:30am

NZ$149

Go snorkeling at the famous turtle snorkeling spot know as The source. There are turtles, many tropical reef fish and there are beautiful corals growing. From the Marina Taina we will cruise until the spot, who is outside of the lagoon at 15-20 minutes, depending of the sea condition.

wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 3:30pm
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wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 3:30pm

NZ$140

I'm passionate by my job and i love to share it and to show you all the best. Because I choose to do only high quality, I decided to limit the group at 5 persons maximum for the best experience. Go snorkeling at the famous wrecks spot know as The aquarium.

wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 10:30am
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wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 10:30am

NZ$140

I'm passionate by my job and i love to share it and to show you all the best. Because I choose to do only high quality, I decided to limit the group at 5 persons maximum for the best experience. Go snorkeling at the famous wrecks spot know as The aquarium.

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French Polynesia: His Way and Her Way 
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French Polynesia: His Way and Her Way 

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