Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – Petit and family-run: ideal for surfers and those with private transport.
Along the south coast of Tahiti Nui is a trio of gorgeous bungalows around a home that faces a surf beach of black sand backed by dramatic mountains. Each bungalow features a kitchen packed with extras (e.g. spices and coffee), colourful decor with a genuine Polynesian flavour, sofa that converts to an extra single bed, and patio offering sea views, sunsets and a barbeque. Other bonuses include the affable hosts; free laundry; pre-loaded movies on the TV; lovely swimming pool; and free Wi-Fi. But access is an issue: it’s really only suitable for those with their own wheels.
Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – The Basics
- Location: At Papara village, along the southern coast of Tahiti Nui. About 34km from the airport; 38km from the centre of Pape’ete; and a little further from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea.
- Guests: Caters well for anyone, but surfers would find this ideal. Getting there without private transport, however, is problematic.
- Beach: Faces a public beach with grey/black sand, often unkempt. With plenty of waves, it’s more suitable for surfing than swimming, but decent enough for walking, and the views are fantastic. Smaller waves just offshore for boogie-boards and expert-only dumpers 200m further out.
- Views: 2 bungalows are metres from the sea, with a patch of grass in between, while the ocean views of the third are partially blocked.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free and unlimited throughout the rooms and grounds.
- Parking: Enough spots behind the secure gates.
- Nice Perks: Free do-it-yourself laundry.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 87 79 92 26
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: tahitisurfbeachparadise.com
Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – Amenities
- Pool: Lovely sparkling pool facing the sea. (Conveniently, the co-host runs a pool company.)
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in a tiny cluster of bungalows like this.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Not expected or provided.
- Breakfast: Each bungalow has a fully-equipped kitchen, so no restaurant or bar is provided.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided.
Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – Rooms
- Room Types: 3 bungalows, each equipped with a kitchen, and called Temoe, Matahina and Amura.
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but permitted on the patios.
- Best Room: The best is the bungalow facing the sea and a little more distant from the house, pool and other 2 bungalows.
Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
The major disadvantage is the isolation, so there’s a lack of places to eat and drink within walking distance – but perhaps, most guests would have their own transport. These places are along the main road, about 300m up the access street from the hotel. Distances are from the junction.
- Beach Burger (40 57 41 03) – About 100m east along the main road. Better than it sounds, with a pleasant setting. Also, pizzas, seafood and steaks. 7-minute walk.
- Restaurant Taharuu (40 43 48 88) – Casual and inexpensive Chinese. Takeaways available. About 1.5km west. 4-minute drive.
- Restaurant Hoanui (87 74 85 02) – Quaint, seaside and affable staff. Ideal for trying local food, such as raw fish in coconut milk. About 3.5km east. 5-minute drive.
- Vahine Vata Beach (40 45 50 10) – Lovely beachside location for pizza, seafood and grills. Intimate tables and live music on weekends. About 2.5km west. 6-minute drive.
- Restaurant Vetea (87 33 77 93) – Family-friendly, affordable and popular. About 3.6km west. 7-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: A well-stocked supermarket is at the junction with the main road, about 300m away. Open daily from about 6am to 8pm.
Buses run along the main road every hour or 2 on their way to Pape’ete or Faa’a, an outer suburb near the airport. More buses in the morning; far fewer in the afternoon; and none on Sunday. Otherwise, ask the owners nicely about possible lifts.
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