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Public Beaches

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Public Beaches - Beaches of Tahiti.

All beaches in French Polynesia are technically public property, although, as mentioned in detail below in the private beaches section, getting to them is often the difficulty.

That said, here are a few recognized or easily accessed 'public beaches' on Tahiti:

PLAGE DE TOAROTO - Near the Hotel Meridien: Decent stretch of white sand beach open to the public running nearly a half mile in the area of the Hotel Meridien. (The Meridien has its own small private beach for its clients.)

Located at approximately PK 15,5, (West of Papeete) this beach is an excellent place to hang out if you're staying at any of the pensions in this area. (Armelle, Te Miti, Taaroa, and others). Snorkeling is excellent here and laying about is the norm.

Access: Off the main road, look for a truck stop called 'Tapeara'a Pereo'o Mataeinaa' near PK 15. You'll see a little parklike area where there is parking and public toilets and showers available. Ask someone about it or your hotel or pension if you need to.

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Because of relentless marketing efforts, one of the most common tourist perceptions about Tahiti is that the entire island is a white sand beach paradise. Although there are indeed some truly wonderful sandy beaches on the island, the fact of the matter is that they are not always as "vacationer friendly" or accessable as many would hope.

The reality and facts of the beach situation on Tahiti are as follows:1) Tahiti is the only Society Island (besides Moorea) that has both black and white sand beaches along its coast.

2) If you aren't staying at a hotel with its own beach, you'll be best off to rent a car or scooter (or you could take Le Truck), to gain access to the beaches described below.

3) Of the entire Tahitian coastline, the most useable, desireable and accessable "sandy beaches" on the island can be divided into 2 basic categories: Public or private.