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PunaauiaFrench Polynesia

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
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

Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within 3 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (757 reviews)

"The beautifully maintained property was exceeded only by the very friendly staff. We had a wonderful week and will return!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
The price is NZ$409 per night

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! (983 reviews)

"Great hotel! Yuka at the front desk was very helpful!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge
Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge

Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plage Toaroto, Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park. Place Jacques Chirac and Parc ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Beautiful appartment & perfect host

"Absolutely beautiful appartment perfect location and amazing host. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and couldn't have asked for better host (Bertrand) and concierge (Brice). Appartment is amazing, clean and design. Thanks so much for our stay. We recommend !!!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2020

Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge

Popular places to visit in Punaauia

Papeete Market
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Papeete Market

4/5(32 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.

Temae Beach
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Temae Beach

4.5/5(12 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.

Black Sand Beach
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Black Sand Beach

4/5(23 reviews)

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

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 Town Hall
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Papeete Town Hall

4/5(8 reviews)

This inspiring structure is the city’s preeminent architectural triumph with its bright colonial features, picturesque grounds and iconic clock tower.

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

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

NZ$146
Per adult
Turtles snorkeling at 7:30am
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Turtles snorkeling at 7:30am

NZ$156
Per adult
wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 1:00pm
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wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 1:00pm

NZ$146
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 3:30pm
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wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 3:30pm

NZ$146
Per adult
Tahiti Island Half-Day Tour Afternoon Tour
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Tahiti Island Half-Day Tour Afternoon Tour

NZ$92
Per adult
Moorea Three Coconuts Trail Guided Hike
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Moorea Three Coconuts Trail Guided Hike

NZ$88
Per adult

Reviews of Punaauia

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3/5 - Okay

AnnaABPM

26 Jan. 2020

Its not the area but the convenience of a lovely resort and ability to taxi anywhere that makes this a great choice. The shops near the hotel are good.

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