Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise Hotel in Papara

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Updated: August 29, 2019

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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.

Local Transport

    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.

Tahiti Surf Beach Paradise – The Hotel

The lodge has 3 bungalows on the southern coast of Tahiti.

The lodge offers only three bungalows along the southern coast of Tahiti Island.

The lodge owners live onsite.

The bungalows are set around a family home, with the friendly owners living onsite.

The appealing pool offers great sea views.

A welcome surprise is the pool, which faces the sea.

The pool is larger than expected.

The pool is substantial considering the limited number of guests.

The pool is more appealing during sunsets.

The pool looks even more inviting as the sun sets.

The black-sand beach offers great views.

The lodge faces a black-sand beach, which is not that great for swimming, but the views are stupendous.

The public beach is not very clean.

The beach in front of the lodge is public, and not always that clean, but surfers on the waves further out probably won’t mind.

The location of the lodge offers lovely sunset views.

The lodge is along the south coast, but angled a little towards the west so the sunsets are often lovely.

2 of the bungalows are sea-facing.

Two of the bungalows directly face the sea only metres away.

The enchanting bungalows have been lovingly built.

Bungalows were lovingly built by the owners and feature all sorts of enchanting decorations.

The patio is popular for lounging and barbeques.

Each bungalow features a broad patio, which is packed with useful furniture, as well as a barbeque.

The patio is a popular place to enjoy meals and drinks.

Guests can cook their own food and enjoy meals (and drinks) on the patio.

The kitchen is very well-equipped.

The kitchen is the sort expected in a large home, and contains everything that guests could possibly need.

Bungalows feature a traditional and colourful decor.

The décor in each bungalow is traditional and colourful.

The spacious bungalows have a sofa-bed.

Bungalows are spacious and contain a sofa that converts to a single bed.

A large supermarket is present very close by.

Only 300m away, where the access street to the lodge meets the main road, is a large supermarket.

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