Top ChoiceFrench in West Coast

Blue Banana

Success has done nothing to dull the buzz at Blue Banana, a hip lagoonside restaurant in Puna’auia. The food is as good as the ambience – feast on innovative French and Polynesian dishes (small portions but...

Tahitian in West Coast

Vahine Vata Beach

In a casual, yet beautiful and romantic setting on a verandah overlooking the black-sand beach of Papara, this place serves unique and tasty dishes. Expect fish with papaya sauce, cassoulet and especially good...

Tahitian in West Coast

Le Kaimoana Cafe Restaurant

Over the water in an out-of-the-way location outside of Papara, diners here can enjoy locally inspired specialties like korori (pearl oyster) carpaccio and creative fresh fish dishes. It's relatively new but...

Museum in West Coast

Musée de Tahiti et des Îles

Only 15km from Pape’ete along the west coast, this excellent museum, in Puna’auia, is divided into four sections: geography and natural history; pre-European culture; the European era; and outdoor exhibits. It’s...

Archaeological Site in West Coast

Marae Arahurahu

Whether or not you believe in the powers of the tiki (sacred statue), it’s hard to deny there is an amazing energy radiating from Marae Arahurahu in the Pa’ea district. Tranquil, huge and beautifully maintained,...

French in West Coast

Le Carré

Dining at this stylish eatery is a treat. At night it’s a romantic spot to enjoy a gastronomic extravaganza of finely prepared and unique dishes: from breadfruit gnocchi to lobster in orange coulis. Lunch is more...

Italian in West Coast

Casa Bianca

If pasta offerings or pizzas make your stomach quiver with excitement, opt for this perky eatery with an outdoor dining area overlooking the marina. Come for the good fun, good mix of people, hearty dishes and...

French in West Coast

Coco’s Restaurant

Dine in a gorgeous, open plantation–style house bordered by a tropical garden that’s framed by coconut trees and looks out to Mo’orea. The fine food is very French, with lots of seafood options. Arguably Tahiti’s...

French in West Coast

Quai des Îles

Creole, French and Polynesian dishes populate the menu of this well-regarded restaurant, just next door to Pink Coconut. On Friday nights it has live music to soothe the soul (salsa, anyone?). On Sunday it lays...

French in West Coast

Pink Coconut

We love this lively spot located right on Marina Taina with great views of stylish yachts at anchor. Dine on French-inspired fare with a contemporary twist. At night it’s candlelit and there’s live music and...

Beach in West Coast

Plage de Vaiava

Beloved by locals, Plage du PK18 is a stunning beach to sun yourself on, but not that great for swimming or snorkelling due to the shallow water. The sands can get jammed on weekends, but that’s part of the scene.

Cave in West Coast

Mara’a Grotto

Lush gardens, overhung caverns, crystal-clear pools and ferny grottoes are all standard features at gorgeous Mara’a Grotto. The fairy-tale park is found along the coastal road, and a manicured path runs throughout.

Marina in West Coast

Marina Taina

The elegant Marina Taina is a trendy spot featuring restaurants, bars, two diving centres and, of course, lots of yachts.

Beach in West Coast

Plage du PK23.5

This rather wide (by Tahiti standards) beach is popular with families and has public facilities. The sand is white-grey.

Beach in West Coast

Plage du Mahana Park

Plage du Mahana Park has calm waters and a snorkelling reef close to shore. On weekends there are kayaks for hire.