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Tahiti Beaches to get your next Suntan!


French Polynesia, more commonly known as "Tahiti", is located in the South Pacific approximately 8 hours by airplane from Los Angeles. Commonly called the South Seas Isles, it is the perfect destination to find your next suntan. The temperatures of both air and water average above the 79 degree point and remain constant throughout the year. The best time to visit Tahiti is April through October when there is not as much humidity. Tahiti is a tropical paradise with lots of sunshine and just enough rain to keep the fabulous waterfalls flowing and the flowers gloriously blooming. The numerous stunning sunsets, sparkling azure waters and white coral-sand beaches keep sun-loving tourists coming back for more year after year. Romance is in the air in Tahiti and couples come here for weddings on the beaches, honeymoons and anniversaries. The sand is ideal for lounging under the sun. Snorkeling, sun worshiping on the beach, swimming, kayaking, sailing, and scuba diving are very popular outdoor pastimes for the tourists, who find an abundance of schools of vibrantly-colored fish swimming in crystal clear lagoons.

Tahiti consists of five main island groups: Society Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Marquesas Islands, Gambier Islands, and Austral Islands. Society Islands consist of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Raiatea & Taha’a. Tahiti is the largest island and towers over the ocean and contains a circle of majestic mountain peaks. The interior areas of these mountains have beautiful valleys with streams and very high waterfalls. Most of the “Tahitians” live on the coasts where all the tropical flowers grow. The capital is Papeete and is the place to go for fine dining and unique restaurants. Papeete also has wonderful shopping and great nightclubs.

Lafayette Beach is a beautiful black sand beach on the east coast that faces Matavi Bay. Close by the beach is an ancient temple called Araburahu Marae that provides free guided tours. This temple is fully restored and the only one of its kind. James Norman Hall, author of Mutiny on the Bounty, lived in this area for thirty years and his home is open for tours. Paul Gaugin, a famous French artist spent his later years here and his works are in the Paul Gaugin Museum. If you want to see some very unique water life, visit the Lagoonarium de Tahiti. The Pearl Museum should also be on your list of must-sees. Shopping-oriented visitors can check out the Municipal Market for fresh produce, woven hats and bags, shell necklaces, scented soaps and much more. Safari 4x4 excursions offer great exploration of some gorgeous areas of Tahiti. The luxurious Radisson Plaza Resort has direct access to the tropical neon-blue waters of Lafayette Beach. This non-smoking hotel is a mix of contemporary architecture with Polynesian influences. The accommodations are exquisite and have private, furnished balconies with spectacular views of the ocean. Great whales and dolphins can often be seen in the waters of beautiful Matavai Bay. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to Papeete twice daily. Enjoy the sauna, steam room, or spa during the hottest part of the day or before dining.

Papenoo Beach is a black sand beach located on the north coast in Chinaman’s Bay. Surfers flock to this beach because the water is slightly more turbulent.

Plage de Toaroto is located on the west coast. This stunning white sand beach is a half mile long joined with shallow turquoise waters. There is abundant marine life for snorkelers to enjoy and the beach provides clean public restrooms and showers. The restaurant Le Carre is a wonderful dining experience located right on the beach where the view will take your breath away.

Venus Point Beach is yet another black sand beach which is located on the east coast of Tahiti. A tall lighthouse and park are a popular attraction at the Point. In 1769 Captain Cook first observed the planet Venus at Venus Point.

Pirae Beach is located near the Royal Tahitian Hotel on the east coast. This beach is also of black sand.

The island of Moorea is a mere ferry ride from Tahiti where some of the finest beaches with longer coast lines than Tahiti are. On the eastern coast is Teavaro public beach that has shallow waters which makes it perfect for snorkeling and on the northwest coast is Hauru Beach where it’s a great place for kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing. Additionally, this beach also offers a large selection of hotels.

Bora Bora or the “Romantic Island” is an island that is completely surrounded by a barrier reef and deep lagoon and is a perfect vacation spot if you’re looking to get away, relax and suntan. This secluded enchanting island brings thousands of honeymooners here each year. The few select beaches shine with the pristine white sand bordered by the sparkling blue/green waters. On the shores are a number of luxurious resorts and hotels to choose from including Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Hotel Intercontinental Le Moana, and Bora Bora Beach Resort just to name a few. The St. Regis Resort is also very impressive with Polynesian décor throughout. The resort boasts of a private saltwater lagoon that has exotic fish. There are four restaurants, a swim-up bar & grill, numerous pools and spa treatments. They also have overwater bungalows and luxurious suites, all of which is located on the island’s Pacific. There may be a lack of huge beaches on the island, but all along the water are many shops, vendors, bars and restaurants. Save enough time to take a sunset cruise aboard a catamaran sailboat while here. There are wave runners and jet skis for rent or explore the panoramic views by hiking or driving a 4x4 up the mountain peaks. Along the way you will go through lush tropical valleys covered with hibiscus blossoms.  Diving, boating, swimming, and surfing are great ways to pass time or partake in an organized trip snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins.

Matira Beach is the most popular of the beautiful beaches and caters to the tourists who come to relax and sunbathe. There are, however, lots of activities to choose from like diving, snorkeling, boating, deep sea fishing, and jet skiing.  Tourists at Matira Beach can organize diving expeditions, snorkeling adventures, deep sea fishing trips, and much more. Shopping on the islands include such things as black pearls, jewelry, wood tiki figures, oils, soaps, handmade bags, hats, clothing, and sarongs.

PLEASE make sure that you pack lots of sun protection and suntan lotions or be ready to purchase these as soon as you arrive on the islands. Protecting you and your family or loved ones from the sun is vital. The sun will work with you as long as you follow key sun tanning rules which can always be found on suntan.com.

-Ms. Suntan

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