On the hunt for the best beaches on Moorea? You’ve hit the right place!

The islands of French Polynesia are known for many different things, one of which is their stunning beaches. From pristine white sand beaches to fascinating black sand beaches, this archipelago has them all for you to explore.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the beaches in Moorea. And let me tell you, some of the nicest beaches you’d find in French Polynesia are here on the island of Moorea.

Moorea is packed with plenty of beaches, each with its unique charm and beauty. Some of these beaches are public, some are private and there are few secrete beaches that only locals know about.

Just so you know, “plage” is a Tahitian word for a beach. You’ll often come across this term or sign near the beaches.

9 Best Moorea Beaches

1. Tipaniers Beach

  • Beach access: Private
  • Great for: Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Watching sunsets, Boardwalk

Tipaniers Beach also known as Sunset Beach is a lovely private beach owned by Les Tipaniers Hotel. The beach is famous for its stunning sunsets and bright blue waters, offering pleasant views of the nearby motu.

Aerial view of Tipanier Beach in Moorea

This beach has everything you’d want to make your beach time worthwhile. You can do swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and more on this beach, all thanks to the resort offering these activities.

The beach area isn’t very large but is enough to relax and enjoy. The resort takes good care of the beach and as a result, you’ll find it crowded, but not always.

Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or with family, this beach is a fantastic spot for anyone seeking some incredible beach time in Moorea.

Where is Tipaniers Beach?

Tipaniers Beach is located on the northwest coast of Moorea, about half a kilometer away from the Tiahura village. You can find the beach right behind the Tipaniers Hotel. If you’re unsure of the way, just ask the hotel staff.

If you have a reservation at the hotel, you can access the beach at any time. And if you don’t, you can still visit it but will have to pay 15 dollars to access the beach area and its facilities.

2. Temae Beach

  • Beach access: Public
  • Great for: Swimming, Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Relaxing, Picnic, etc.

Temae Beach (Plage de Temae) also known as the Public Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Moorea Island. It’s a public beach that doesn’t get too crowded, and you’re free to visit it whenever you want without any restrictions.

This beach is famous for its crystal clear waters that are filled with coral reefs and colorful tropical marine life. The soft white sand surrounded by tall palm trees and the turquoise lagoon really adds to the beauty of this beach.

If you love snorkeling, you’ll definitely enjoy exploring the waters of Temae Beach. I’d suggest swimming out about 100 meters towards the barrier reef, where you’d see an abundance of amazing reefs and fish. Temae surf spot is also close to the beach which is a big plus for surfers.

I’d recommend bringing sunscreen, your sun hat, or an umbrella as there will be plenty of sunshine.

While this is indeed a fantastic beach, a bit more work and improvements could make it an even better spot for beach lovers.

How to get to Temae Beach?

Temae Beach is located on the east coast of Moorea facing Tahiti’s coast, about 1.2 kilometers away from the Moorea Airport and approximately 3 kilometers from the ferry port.

Getting to Temae Beach is quite simple, it’s just steps away from the main road. You can either park your vehicle on the main road or take a turn onto a dirt path that will lead you straight to the beach area. There’s plenty of parking space available there if you decide to bring your car along.

Tourists staying at Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort are in luck because this beach is the closest to the resort and the southern end of the beach is even a part of Sofitel’s private beach area.

3. Ta’ahiamanu Beach

  • Beach access: Public
  • Great for: Swimming, Snorkeling, Family Picnics, Watching sunsets, boats, and beautiful scenery

Ta’ahiamanu Beach is a popular beach picnic spot in Moorea due to its easy accessibility. The beach has a 350m long gorgeous white sand stretch that gets busy on weekends.

The clear warm waters here are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. If you have had trouble snorkeling on this island due to strong currents, then the good news is the currents here aren’t so strong.

Unlike Temae Beach, this beach is well-maintained and amenities are available across the road. Both locals & tourists come to this beach to enjoy stunning surroundings and unwind under the palm trees, which are the source of natural shade on the beach.

Taahiamanu Beach with views of yachts sailing and people swimming

As this beach is near the entrance to Opunohu Bay, you get a nice wide view of the Pacific Ocean with yachts gently floating by. To the south, you have the mountain peaks providing awesome vistas.

This beach is also known as Mareto Beach and Opunohu Beach

How to get to Ta’ahiamanu Beach?

One of the great things about Ta’ahiamanu Beach is how easy it is to access. It’s located in Papetoai, to the west of Moorea, and right next to the main road. You can even watch the beach while passing by the main road.

If you’ve got a car or a bike, just park it alongside the road, and walk off to the beach.

There are a few cafes and resorts located near the beach. The nearest resort to the beach is Hilton Moorea Resort which is just a 10-minute walk away.

4. Hauru Beach (Plage de Tiahura)

  • Beach access: Public
  • Great for: Swimming, Chilling out, Families with kids

If you’re looking for a public beach that is easy to find and has facilities like showers and toilets, then Hauru Beach (Tiahura Beach) is for you. Not all public beaches in Moorea are well-maintained and equipped with beach amenities.

Hauru Beach is a soft sandy beach that offers great picnic and snorkeling opportunities for both locals and tourists. If you’re coming from Temae or Ta’ahiamanu Beach, you might find underwater life here not as rich as on those beaches. I’d recommend you swim about 50 meters forward and dive 3-5 feet down to get a rich underwater experience.

Moreover, the beach has decent shade available and there’s a park with lots of grass where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful coastline of Moorea. If you’re feeling hungry, no need to worry! There are restaurants and snack options just a short 5-minute walk away from the beach.

When going to the beach, make sure you’re not alone, as there have been reports of theft in the area. Normally there’s a security guard at the gate, but you never know what might happen.

Where is Hauru Beach?

Hauru Beach is located at the northwest corner of Moorea Island, approximately 1.3 kilometers away from Tipaniers Beach (Sunset Beach). If you happen to be at the Le Petit Village shopping center, you can also walk to the beach in just 5 minutes.

This beach is also very close to the road and is easily accessible by car. You’ll find a spacious parking lot with a guard to ensure your security while you enjoy your time at the beach.

Also, make sure you confirm the beach timings as it usually closes at 17:30.

5. Coco Beach

  • Beach access: Public
  • Great for: Snorkeling, Swimming, Boating, Lunch

Coco Beach is uniquely distinct from other Moorea beaches as it is situated on a separate island (motu) called Tiahura, close to the shores of Moorea. The beach is part of Coco Beach Restaurant, which is how it got its name.

The main selling point of this beach is its seclusion and the restaurant. Not only you can enjoy the beach views overlooking Moorea Island but also enjoy some delicious meals at the restaurant.

Aerial view of east side of Moorea with Motu Tiahura and Motu Fareone

Moreover, you can take a stroll along the beach to observe dead corals, and collect seashells or hop onto Motu Fareone, located right next to Coco Beach.

The water is clean and warm, great for swimming and snorkeling. You’ll definitely enjoy playing in the waters here but beware that currents could be strong. If you’re not a seasoned snorkeller, you might not like snorkeling here due to the currents.

How to get to Coco Beach?

Coco Beach is only a short boat ride away, located on an islet (motu), northeast of Moorea. It normally takes you about 5 minutes to reach the islet from Opunohu Bay.

Every 30 minutes, there’s a boat that runs between the motu and the mainland.

You can either rent your own boat or kayak which costs around $10 per hour, or you can make a reservation at Coco Beach Restaurant, which also includes transportation between the main island and Coco Beach.

Make sure to book a reservation in advance as spots tend to fill up quickly, especially on weekends.

6. Maharepa Beach

  • Beach access: Private
  • Great for: Swimming, Snorkeling, Jetsking, Paddleboarding, Sun lounging

Maharepa Beach is another beautiful beach in Moorea, attracting visitors with its white sand and turquoise waters. The beach is mostly owned by private resorts and guest houses, so you may need to ask them in order to enjoy this beach.

There’s no shortage of activities on the beach, whether you want to bask in the sun, dive into the water, paddle around on a kayak, or snorkel to witness the captivating world of tropical fishes, sharks, stingrays and colorful reefs beneath the surface, this beach has it all.

The beach is located near an urban among the mountains, you get great views of the mountains and the Pacific Sea if you’re staying at one of the resorts on the beach.

Where is Maharepa Beach located?

Maharepa Beach is situated in the town of Maharepa which is only 5.7 kilometers away (a 10-minute drive) from the airport. The beach is quite easy to reach as it’s located very close to the main road.

The only problem you might face is that you’d need a reservation from the beach resorts to access the beach.

If you’re at Temae Beach, you can also visit Maharepa Beach which is just a 7 minute drive down the road. To the west of Mahareopa Beach, you’ve Cook’s Bay which you can directly go to from here by a kayak or paddleboard.

7. Nuurua Beach

  • Beach access: Private
  • Great for: Sunbathing, Sunsets, Snorkeling, Swimming

Nuurua commune in Moorea has one of the best beach for swimming. The beach is mostly owned by private properties, hence it’s a private beach. Good thing is that the beach area so wide that you can even walk to it without disturbing the owners. But it’s nice if you get permission first.

The beach has beautiful clear water that looks amazingly blue in the daylight. There are lots of fish and coral underwater, and it gets better the further you swim. You can also spot rays and sharks here and even get to swim with them.

This beach is perfect for kids too! The narrow stretch of sand and the water flowing towards the end of the shores make it easy for you to swim and play with your little ones.

Tourist often ignore this beach thinking it too small or maybe they don’t know about it as it’s not popular. Nevertheless, it has got its own charm that might be perfect for someone.

Where is Nuurua?

Nuurua Beach is located on the west coast of Moorea, approximately 1 kilometers away from Tiki Village.

There isn’t any parking area at this beach, but you can park your vehicle by the road or find parking nearby as this is never a problem on Moorea Island.

8. Moorea Lagoonarium (Le Jardin De Corail)

  • Beach access: Private
  • Great for: Snorkeling, Boating

If you search on the web for Moorea Lagoonarium, you’ll find that it’s shown as permanently closed. This information is partially true, as some parts of the place have been closed by the government due to environmental issues.

However, the good news is that the Lagoonarium is still open, but has been renamed as “Le Jardin De Corail Du Motu Ahi.” So, if you’re planning to visit this place, go ahead and do so without hesitation.

Le Jardin De Corail Du Motu Ahi means The Coral Garden of Motu Ahi

The beach here has white soft sand, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. However, most people come here to spend the majority of their time in the waters. Beneath this water lies an abundance of coral reefs and tropical fishes, making it one of the best snorkeling spots in Moorea.

view from Le Jardin De Corail Du Motu Ahi showing people snorkeling

Usually, currents here are strong but don’t worry, the underwater ropes have got you covered. You can hold onto them to stay in place and enjoy the underwater life without drifting away.

This place is more than just a beach, I’d definitely recommend a visit here to this place.

Where is Le Jardin De Corail?

The Le Jardin De Corail aka Moorea Lagoonarium is located on Motu Ahi to the east of Moorea. In order to get there, you’ll need to buy tickets from the ticket counter situated on the island of Moorea in the Afareaitu district.

The ticket counter is about one kilometer from the Moorea Hospital. Look for the sign “Jardin de Coral” that will point you to a hut from where you can buy tickets.

The tickets to the Le Jardin De Corail would cost you around $40 which includes boat fare and the service charges. Once you’re all set, you’ll hop on a boat that will take you to the Motu in just about 3 minutes.

9. Painapo Beach

  • Beach access: Private
  • Great for: Relaxing, Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Watching sunsets, etc.

Painapo Beach also known as Pineapple Beach is kind of a secret beach that is often overlooked by most tourists. The beach got its name from the Painapo Restaurant which has been closed down. Therefore, you’d find very few people on this beach making it an ideal spot for those seeking a quiet and peaceful beach experience.

This beautiful beach is adorned with white sand and clear waters, presenting a stunning view of the lagoon. It’s not only a great beach for swimming in Moorea, but also for snorkeling if you have that in mind. The water is calm, and the currents aren’t too strong, hence an enjoyable experience for everyone.

At the beach, there are plenty of chairs and shade available where you can sit and relax. You’ll also find a few restaurants and resorts near the beach that are just a few minutes away from the beach.

How to get to Painapo Beach?

Getting to Painapo Beach is not so difficult because it’s located near the main road in the west of Moorea. To be exact, you’ll find it in the Ha’apiti district at PK 33.

When you’re traveling through the Haapiti village, keep an eye out for a big statue of a Tahitian warrior holding a pineapple in his hand. The statue stands right next to the road, marking the entrance to the beach.

You can park your car just by the road and take a walk towards the beach area.

Snorkeling Beaches in Moorea

The island of Moorea-Maiao and probably most of the islands of French Polynesia are some of the best places in the world for snorkeling. In Moorea, you’ll find beaches that are not only stunning but also boast lots of vibrant coral reefs and tropical fishes.

Here are the best beaches for snorkeling in Moorea:

Temae Beach

At Temae Beach, the water is filled with lots fishes and has a barrier of vibrant reefs. For an even more amazing underwater adventure, swim about 100 meters toward the barrier reef.

Coco Beach

Coco Beach is where Motu Tiahura and Motu Fareone are. Its waters provide a fantastic opportunity for snorkelers to see the unspoiled underwater life here.

Ta’ahiamanu Beach

Ta’ahiamanu Beach is an easy-to-go snorkeling spot due to its location. Just swim forward about 20 – 30 meters to see the vibrant sea life and coral formations.

Tiahura Beach

Tiahura Beach is another great snorkeling beach that people often overlook. If you dive down about 5ft and swim forward around 50m, you’ll have a far better underwater experience.

Tipaniers Beach

Tipaniers Beach is a private beach that is not only great for stunning views but also for snorkeling and other activities.

Beach Resorts in Moorea

If you’re looking for a private beach experience along with a beautiful bungalow right by the shore, booking a beach resort is the way to go.

The top beach resorts are pricier than regular accommodations, but you’re essentially investing in a unique experience. Another option is to consider booking privately owned beach houses, which could help you save some money.

If you’re ready to pay the price, here are the best resorts on the beaches.

Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort

Sofitel Kia Ora is a luxurious 5-star hotel featuring a pristine beach right at the front. The friendly staff, excellent rooms, and delicious breakfast really elevate your experience during your visit to Moorea.

This resort is located on the eastern side of Moorea near Temae Beach and is 1.6 kilometers away from the airport.

Hilton Moorea Beach Resort & Spa

Hilton Moorea has one of the best private beaches in Moorea, offering stunning views and opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Plus, many dive sites are facing Hilton Moorea filled with spectacular reefs and marine life. It’s a 5-star hotel, so you can expect a proper luxury experience at the resort.

The resort is located in the north of the island between Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay. It’s about a 20 minute drive from the airport.

Hilton Moorea Beach Resort

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea

Manava Resort offers a luxurious stay at a more affordable price compared to Sofitel and Hilton. It’s a 4-star hotel with top-notch amenities. The resort has an amazing beach, you’d definitely love swimming and snorkeling in the waters there.

You can locate this resort near Temae Beach on the northern side of Moorea. It takes you around 9 minutes to get here from the airport.

Linareva Moorea Beach Resort

If you’re on a budget, then Linareva is the accommodation for you. It’s a beautiful lodge near the beach with wonderful hosts. You’re provided with free kayaks, snorkeling gear and other amenities to enjoy the waters in front.

This place is located in the west of Moorea near the Tiki Village which is 5 minutes down the road.

Where I can see turtles in Moorea?

In Tahitian, a turtle is called “Honu”, and is considered a sacred animal. Green and Hawksbill are two main turtle species that are frequently found in the waters of French Polynesia.

Nearly every beach in Moorea offers you a chance to spot a turtle. However, at the following beaches, your chances of seeing a turtle are higher.

  • Tiahura Beach
  • Ta’ahiamanu Beach
  • Maharepa Beach

Beaches for Sharks & Whales in Moorea

Spotting sharks and whales in Moorea isn’t a rare thing. Sharks are easy to find but for whales, you’ll have to put in a little extra effort. You can see them if you go out on a boat tour or visit certain beaches or areas like;

  • Maharepa Beach
  • Le Jardin De Corail
  • Tipanier Beach
  • Shark Sandbank

Final thoughts on the Beaches in Moorea

The beaches I’ve listed above are considered the finest in Moorea, each with its unique features. In the end, it all depends on personal preferences, some people favor one over the other, and vice versa.

Ultimately, the best beach in Moorea is the one where you enjoy the most.

Answers to the questions you might have

Is Moorea worth it?

Yes absolutely, it’s worth every penny and time you spend here and you won’t even regret it.

Are beaches in Moorea public?

Not all Moorea beaches are open to public. There’s a mix of public and private beaches on the island.

Can you swim in Moorea?

Of course you can, the water around Moorea is clear and comfortably warm, providing an enjoyable swimming and snorkeling experience.

Does Moorea have black sand beaches?

No, Moorea doesn’t have black sand beaches. Instead, you’ll find soft white sand beaches here.

Is tap water safe?

Yes, you can drink tap water on most parts of the Moorea but it’s better to double-check with your accommodator. If you are health conscious, you can buy bottled water which isn’t much pricey.

How many days do you need in Moorea?

I’d say 5 to 7 days are more than enough for this small island if you don’t want to get bored.

When to go to Moorea?

May to October is generally cooler and are the best months to visit Moorea.

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