Plage de Hitimahana & Motu Martin
The black-sand Plage de Hitimahana is exposed to the prevailing winds, which makes it an excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing spot....
There’s a popular surf break just before the headland that signals the start of the small village of Papenoo. A long bridge crosses the...
Lonely Planet review
Strategically situated at the narrow isthmus connecting Tahiti Nui with Tahiti Iti, the town of Taravao has been a military base on and off since 1844, when the first French fort was established. The original fort was intended to forestall Tahitian guerrilla forces opposed to the French takeover from mounting operations against Tahiti Nui from Tahiti Iti. Today the Faratea Port, on the northeastern side of the isthmus, is being built to shift commercial sea trade from Pape’ete (which is getting gussied up for tourists) to Taravao.
Although there is little of interest in the town, it does have shops, banks, petrol stations and a number of small restaurants.