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Tahiti's Loop Road

Pape'ete, French Polynesia
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Circle the Island Drive Pape'ete  French Polynesia

Circle the Island Drive

You can drive the 71-mile circular road around Tahiti Nui in a day, either by renting a car for a day or by joining a guided tour (your hotel will have info for either). Either way, the loop road takes you along the wild and rocky east coast, where you will see spectacular black sand beaches, many hosting excellent surf breaks. By contrast, the island's west coast is tamer and features peaceful lagoons for swimming and even a few white sand beaches, like popular Maui Beach.

Extend the drive by continuing into Tahiti Iti, the smaller section of the island at the south end, and forming a figure eight loop to return to Papeete.