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Punaauia
Travel Guide

Museum of Tahiti featuring general coastal views, swimming and tropical scenes

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.

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
The price is $270 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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! (994 reviews)
"Great Resort. Staff are very friendly and helpful. View was incredible. Food was good."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

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

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

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Le Meridien Tahiti
Le Meridien Tahiti
3.5 out of 5
BP 380595 Tamanu Punaauia, Punaauia, Windward Islands
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Situated in Punaauia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within 3 mi (5 ...
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House With 2 Bedrooms in Puna'auia, With Enclosed Garden and Wifi
House With 2 Bedrooms in Puna'auia, With Enclosed Garden and Wifi
3.5 out of 5
Servitude Pugibet, Punaauia, Windward Islands
The price is $596 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Situated in Punaauia, this golf vacation home is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Plage Toaroto and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Museum of Tahiti. Mahana Park and Vai'ava Beach are ...
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Villa Tiare Villa 4
Villa Tiare Villa 4
3.5 out of 5
Punaauia, \N, Punaauia, Windward Islands
Situated in Punaauia, this villa is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Plage Toaroto and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within ...
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Résidence Sunset BY Tahiti Résidence
Résidence Sunset BY Tahiti Résidence
3 out of 5
Residence Sunset Beach PK13, Punaauia, French Polynesia
Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Plage Toaroto, Vai'ava Beach, and Museum of Tahiti. Mahana Park and Punaauia ...
4.1/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
"11 days of relaxation in the sun. Great location. Handy supermarket and excellent take away options.Liked living as part of a community. Estelle very helpful when needed.Great would do it again"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

Résidence Sunset BY Tahiti Résidence
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