Panaauia has been a popular spot throughout the ages – the famous French painter, Paul Ganguin, chose Panaauia as his home at the end of the 1800s, going on to paint his legendary and thought-provoking piece, "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" There is a museum dedicated to the painter, as well as other museums dealing with the island’s history, heritage, and life. There are interesting temples and ancient sites to discover, and to see the island’s stunning nature you can enjoy long walks in the mountains and admiring the beautiful cascading waterfalls.
The beaches entice many, with gorgeous sands and clear waters. The island is a favourite for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, and you can explore an old plane wreck as well as seeing fish, rays, dolphins, sharks, and other marine life. The waters offer fishing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, sailing, and outrigger adventures, and on dry land you can play a round of golf, whizz along on a quad bike, and gallop along by horseback. The lively markets are ideal for souvenir shopping and tasting some fresh and tasty local foods. Head to the lookout points for sweeping views of the island and ocean, and for some romance, watch one of the splendid sunsets.
It’s easy to fall in love with Tahiti life, and Punaauia is the perfect base from which to explore the island and discover its many treasures. Book your flight to French Polynesia, and book your Punaauia accommodation, with us to start living the tropical island life.
Hotels in Punaauia start at AU$124 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.