Backpack and Snorkel Travel Guide for the Best Beaches in Moorea - Moorea Best Beaches Purple Guide
This Best Beaches in Moorea Travel Guide tells you what the best beaches in Moorea are and we show you photos of what you will see.
The best beaches on Moorea
Moorea has wonderful beaches, but not all of them are freely accessible. Some beaches, like Tipaniers Beach and the Lagoonarium Beach require you to pay admission. We did not think this is necessary, as the two best beaches in Moorea are public beaches and completely free to visit and park your car.
Plage publique de Temae (Temae Beach) in Moorea
Temae Beach is one of the best beaches on the main island of Moorea. It is a 3,000 ft (900 m) long stretch of white sand in a protected bay. A small part of the beach is occupied by the Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort.
There are stones and coral pieces on the beach and in the water, so wearing water shoes can be helpful. Palm trees and other trees can provide shade if needed.
The water is beautifully turquoise and good for swimming. There is, however, a constant current from east to west that can be exhausting for weak swimmers to swim against. Weak swimmers can, however, get into the water and float with the current towards the overwater bungalows of the Sofitel Resort and then get on the beach and walk back.
Snorkeling is excellent and you can find more details in our snorkeling at Temae beach review.
There are restrooms (3), but you will need to bring your own toilet paper.
1 = entrance to Temae Beach
2 = parking
3 = restrooms
4 = fantastic snorkeling
5 = Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort
Public Beach Taahiamanu (Opunohu Beach, Mareto Beach) in Moorea
Taahiamanu Beach is one of the best beaches on the main island of Moorea. It is a 1,200 ft (370 m) long stretch of soft white sand at the mouth of Opunohu Bay.
Tall palm trees line this beach, but only provide limited shade.
The water is beautifully turquoise and good for swimming. Snorkeling is good, and you can find more information in our snorkeling at Taahiamanu Beach review.
There are restrooms, but you will need to bring your own toilet paper.
Tiahura Beach in Moorea
This beach is often mentioned as a one of the best white sand beaches in Moorea. I respectfully disagree. This beach is very narrow (<10 ft, <3 m) and it goes directly against a tall seawall. It is also not very long and getting around is difficult. There is also only a small parking lot.
To make a long story short: We went there, walked around to find a good spot and gave up after a few minutes without even taking a single photo. It is just not worth it on an island that has fantastic beaches like Temea Beach and Taahiamanu Beach.
Coco Beach in Moorea
Coco Beach is found on Motu Tiahura. On the motu, there is a lunch-only restaurant that is open Wednesday through Sunday when the weather is good.
You can either paddle there by yourself or take their water shuttle for 500 XPF per person.
The sand is white and soft, the trees provide ample shade, the water is beautifully turquoise and there is good for swimming. Snorkeling is excellent, and you can find more information in our snorkeling at Coral Garden Tiahura review.
Because it is not located on the mainland, chances are that you will either have the beach all for yourself.
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