Temae Beach (Plage Temae)
Temae ranks as the best beach on Moorea’s east coast, thanks to its wide sugar white sand and calm, clear waters. The best public stretch of sand lies between the airport and the Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort. Snorkelers will find a colorful reef just off the beach, while experienced surfers can test their skills on the Temae surf break above the coral shelf.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Temae Beach is a popular option for families, snorkelers, and those looking for local flavor.
- Be aware when lying beneath the coconut trees, as falling coconuts can be dangerous.
- Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit, towel, and a change of clothes.
How to Get There
Temae Beach fronts the town of the same name, home to Moorea’s airport at road marker PK 0. The best way to get there is to drive, but don’t leave any valuables in your car.
When to Get There
The public section of the beach can get crowded on weekends, so plan to visit on a weekday morning or during the low season (January to May).
Best Beaches in Moorea While many of Moorea’s best beaches have been claimed by the island’s resorts, there are still some stellar stretches of white or black sand to enjoy. Opunohu Bay on the north coast has a half-mile beach, popular among local families, while Hauru Point on the west coast offers a 3-mile (5-km) stretch of beach.